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Welcome to Godsil’s site for the Milwaukee Renaissance!

I welcome a correspondance at

“The best place to find God is in a garden.” G.B. Shaw
Coleman Barks was told that “God is the impulse to laugh.”
So I hope to advance garden laughter.

A second Godsil platform at

My Favorite Milwaukee Places

My favorite Milwaukee Renaissance platforms:

This to honor “black vets.”

On mental health.

(l) Globalizing and Democratizing Aquaponics

Chinese Delegation to Sweet Water

(2) Institutionalizing the Charisma of Big Will Allen

Old Board Members With Big Will At Growing Power Story Opening MLK Blvd.

(3) Connecting Big Will w. NJ Unakpa and Emmanuel Pratt

(4) And Steve Lindner and Josh Fraundorf

(5) Co-Creating a Milwaukee Grand Alliance of All Sectors to Experiment in Commercializing, Democratizing, and Globalizing Aquaponics and Urban Agriculture: IBM, Government, Chamber of Commerce, Grass Roots "partners" etc. at Sweet Water

(6) Peoples Paparazzi Capturing Tim McCollow, member of Mayor’s HOME GR/OWN team, with Vincent High Urban Ag Students.

Jeff Eagan, Department of Energy, Martha Davis Kipcak of Slow Foods and SWF Board, Dr. Louis Fortis, Publisher “Shepherd Express” 2012

(4) Introducing Aquaponics to India’s Villages

And great city centers like Mumbai

(5) With Some of Milwaukee Detroit “Great Lakes Renaissance” Collaborators w. Grace Lee Boggs

Immediately after tour of Detroit factory relic devestation

(6) Speech to “Keep Public Our Waters” at City Hall, June 2009

(7) At “Gods Hill City Farm” Compost Pile That Grew Into Sweet Water

(8) Worm Mon of The Worm Mon Show: The Play and the Movie

(9) Meeting W. Senate Candidate(now Senator) Tammy Baldwin for discussion of “Golden Triangle Cities Urban Ag Aquaponics Collaborations”, i.e. Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago

(10) With Pioneer Aquaponist John Todd at NSF D.C. Gathering, 2012

(11) First Introduction of Mayor Barrett to Sweet Water

(12) With MK Chef Erick Willliams, Delivering Order for Sweet Water Perch for Obama’s First 2012 $35,000 per plate Fundrfaiser

(13) Miss Dawn Powell, Andre Lee Ellis, and Marna Winbush at DMZ Garden Sweet Water Helped Launch

(14) With Jimmy and Roslyn Carter When Community Roofing Gave Habitat the Labor for Walnut St. Home in early 1980s

(15) Roofing Foreman on Johnson Hall UWM 1976 Project

(16) Profile Directly Behind Dr. King, “3 Faces to Left of Andrew Young At Moment King Stoned in Marquette Park, Chicago, SCLC Freedom Summer 1966. I was a field marshall in these Chicago Open Housing Marches, and taught drama and African American history at storefront school on Roosevelt Ave., living in Project House w. 15 other college students a block away from Maxwell Street

(17) First Holy Communion Day 1951 St. Louis Mo. from St. Augustin Church

(18) Sweet Water Theorem

(19) With Forest Whitaker and Daughter Rachel Godsil Campaigning for Obama 2008 in Valparaiso, Ind.

(20) With Daughter Bridie Collage of Roofs She and I Worked On During Her Apprenticeship with Me

(21) With Sweet Water Organics President and Community Roofing Partner Josh Fraundorf At Delivery of First Great Lakes Water Institutute “Purist Perch on the Planet”

(22) Start of “Shanty Irish Compost Project” at Sweet Water

(23) Family Rearing Household Worker Gordon Pl. Home 1981

(24) With Sisters Jean and JoAnn St. Louis 1949

(25) Cousin Carolyn, Father Joseph Godsil, Me, Mother Mary Godsil, Aunts Hilda, Alice, and Nell St. Louis area farm around 1956

Father Joseph Duncan and Mother Mary Donnelly Godsil

(26) Judy Wines(deceased), Megan Godsil, Rachel Godsil, Bridie & Joseph Godsil, Myself, at Rachel’s Law School Graduation from U. of Michigan, about 1991

With Megan and Bridie 2012 Alterra Bay View

(26) Wines Godsil Family 1989

Bridie, Grandma Dode, Son Joseph, Daughter Megan 2008

(27) On St. Peter Claver Roof 1981 and Pamphlet That Launched Community Roofing’s Expansion to Community Roofing & Restoration, 2000

Atop Wahl Ave. Home 2001

First Day of Community Roofing Cooperative June 1974


(28) Some of the Key “Partners” Transition From Sweet Water Organics to Sweet Water 2.0, SWF Ex. Dir. Emmanuel Pratt, Board Memberf and critical designer of Transition Joe Recchie, and Danielle Kizaire at Emmanuel’s Chicago State Aquaponics Center

(29) St. Louis Sullivan Ave. Home and Mary Donnelly Godsil’s Rooming House 1951–1968

Connecticut Ave. St. Louis Home 1947–49

(30) St. Louis University College Church Where Rachel Was Baptized 1967 and I my BA Pol Sc 1967 and MA Urban Affairs 1969

(31) Blueberry Pancake Moments Riverwest Coop Cafe 2008

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A Good Guy Can Become a Great Mayor

In the Great Lakes Heartland
A good guy can become a great mayor,
Stewarding citizen orchestrations of
Sun, art, and science harvest celebrations,

Internet empowered grand alliances,
Co-creating sweet waters growing power the
Walnut victory garden Riverwest Milwaukee Way
Alice’s Milwaukee urban groundworks gardens NuArtWaukee Way.

In Milwaukee, where the sweet water
Streams and rivers gather their flow to The Sweet Water Seas
In our Milwaukee, a good guy
Is becoming some kind of great mayor.

A first among networked equals
Gathering together at tables round.

Godsil reflections on Home Gr/OWN Milwaukee Renaissance

Truth, Trust, and Trailblazing

Dov Seidman, the author of the book “How” whose company LRN advises C.E.O.’s on leadership, has long argued that “nothing inspires people more than the truth.” Most leaders think that telling people the truth makes that leader vulnerable — either to the public or their opponents. They are wrong.

“The most important part of telling the truth is that it actually binds you to people,” explains Seidman, “because when you trust people with the truth, they trust you back.” Obfuscation from leaders just gives citizens another problem — more haze — to sort through. “Trusting people with the truth is like giving them a solid floor,” adds Seidman. “It compels action. When you are anchored in shared truth, you start to solve problems together. It’s the beginning of coming up with a better path.” (Thomas Friedman of NYT gave me this last Sunday of June, 2012)

Sweet Water An Important “Mainframe” For The Transition From Industrial To Organic Cities

Aquaponics is a new earth friendly eco-system approach to food production, an illustration of what Janine Benyus calls “biomimicry.”(hope you can google TED talks, benyus, biomimcry).

It is winning the attention of some of the best and the brightest across the planet.(google Aquaponics Association Orlanda and join Aquaponnics Gardening collaboration platform and check out he Wall Street Journal, New York Times, UN, State Deparment, NPR, IBM, etc. mainstreaming of Sweet Water aquaponics).

There is no prevailing aquaponics methodology, but rather different schools of thought, affording “open lines of research.” A nice summary by my Indian partner of some of the major approaches:

Sweet Water is a net enhanced, complex, hybrid, experimental social business and enterprise

Basic Mission:

Broader Vision:

Sweet Water’s hybrid enterprise vision will

Sweet Water is an important “mainframe” for the transition from industrial to organic cities

I have extensively document the Sweet Water Story. Here are two places to begin:

I am happy to advance your project.

Boomer Millennial Partnerships for Blue Green Work Homes

Blue Green Work Homes

Blue Green Work Homes are ready to be co-created, initially as joint ventures
between millennial and boomer partners, aiming to combine complimentary
resources for graceful, productive homes as havens, schools, mini farms, and workshops.

There are tens of thousands of boomers across the Great Lakes Heartland living in homes
much larger than their current needs. The “awakened” 10 percent of these boomers would
prefer the autumn of their lives to be as productive for addressing issues of social and ecological justice and creating the good city life as possible.

There are tens of thousands of millennials in our region who are spending large sums of money
for educational credentials that may not translate into jobs or careers. The “olympians” among
this group have sufficient artisinal, agrarian, or other talents and resources to merit compensation of some kind for co-creating a Blue Green Work Home project. That may be in the form of room and board, a percentage of proceeds, or whatever kind of partnership deal deemed appropriate as a start-up meeting of the minds.

Such boomers and millennials, like Godsil and Montezon, are poised to use space in
a city homes for…

Householder Green Tech Experiments

Designing Work Home Deals

Having imagined a Blue Green Work Home leads to the design moment. The
parties to the contract will be the principals but their efforts would be greatly
enhanced with the participation of other actors, e.g. Sweet Water Foundation,
Marquette U. Kohler School of Entrepreneurship, MSOE, UWM, Alverno, and
so forth.

Orchestrating Blue Green Work Homes

These orchestrations from visions and designs would be chronicled to provide
a template for replications.

to be continued

Grand Avenue Arts, Commerce, and Innovation Center Design and Orchestration

Dear All,

So Anna-Marie, Angela, Ian, Tracy, Adam, Chuck, Jan, and others have inspired a vision of the Plankington Arcade’s transformation into some kind of

including aesthetically inspired, internet enhanced, multi-media, life long aquaponics training, research and development modeling

Tim Mc Collow, the “Mayor’s urban ag guy,” Tracy, and myself have committed to a brainstorm lunch at the Fountain next Tuesday as well, that’s the 20th at noon.

Seek Heavy Lifters for Grand Avenue Arts and Innovation Center Design and Orchestration

First job: “presence” and “voice” at the Round Table by the Fruit Stand and Milwaukee Public Theatre Space

Responsibility: commit to design and orchestrate one Tuesday Noon Lunch Brainstorm per year

Every city deserves a Grand Avenue Arts, Commerce, and Innovation Center in their renewing downtowns.


Information and Links Supporting Barnstorming Tour

Personal Perigrinations;see-cRdRo5S2b28s63No#c-188612,3543573
(5) State Department Magazine re Growing Power & Sweet Water Work

&Two Versions of Godsil Bio Sketch

Worker Organizer of New American Movements
Civil Rights

Peace Movement

Neighborhood Movement

Historic Preservation and Artisinal “Guild Development”

Founder and President of Community Roofing & Restoration, Inc., 1975 to current, leading historic restoration firm, co-founder Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, key in saving many historic homes and buildings, including the Pabst Brewery complex and, God willing, the Soldiers Home.
Urban Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Bio-diversity Initiatives

Board Member, Will Allen’s Growing Power. Co-founder and partner in Sweet Water Organics Fish Vegetable Farm. Milwaukee Zoological Society Awardee for work regarding Bonobo Congo Bio-diversity Intiative.
Academic and Communications

Co-founder and Organizer of “Milwaukee Renaissance” On Line Magazine and Movement Resource, 2005 curent; National Science Foundation and Fulbright Fellow; Jesuit Honors Society Alpha Sigma Nu, All But Dissertation Political Science, Univerity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, M.A. St. Louis University Center for Urban Programs. Vanity publisher of Olde Godsil poetry books, “My Milwaukee” and “Forbidden Pleasures of Permaculture in the Holy City of the Sweet Water Seas.”
60th Birthday Well Wishes

Sweet Water Breakthroughs: Hope Gives Rise To That Which It Contemplates

I am one of the co-founders of Sweet Water Organics and the Sweet Water Foundation—The Farm and the Academy! Sweet Water, along with Growing Power(I was on board ‘05 to ‘10) have helped mainstream aquaponics* and, in Milwaukee, sparked a “Grand Alliance” of identity and class sectors that inspired IBM film on our “transition from an industrial to an organic city.”

UN Conference on Urban Ag/Aquaponics(UAA) & Global Collegiate Design Competition

The State Department, Harvard students, and the U.S. Marines are looking in. State sent me to India barnstorming, the product of which is a University of Calcutta/Sweet Water/Harvard collaboration underway. We are brainstorming a Wingspread Conference for student groups from all continents that submit the winning sustainable aquaponics farm designs.

Mainstreaming Aquaponics: WSJ, NYT, NPR, NBC Nighty News Reports


Here is a “Milwaukee Journal” report from the IBM International Team:

The IBM report released today said “Milwaukee could become more economically
viable and help the world feed itself through urban agriculture and aquaponics—
water efficient systems that can transform abandoned factories and vacant lots into urban
farms that raise fish and vegetables.”

Short film re IBM Report(scroll down a bit)
State Department
United Nations

Rough Chronicle of “Godsil Internet Threshhold Moments”

1998 Group E-mails made “Friends of Ted Seaver” a “real virtuality” group winning Street Name for this 1998 deceased civil war and community organizing hero

2001 Riverwest e-mail Network with gatekeeper had 100 activist households with unprecedented grass roots power in Riverwest

2002 Took Riverwest Informational Meme to Bay View, Bill Sell inspired to set up yahoo group, himself as moderator but not gatekeeper, quickly eclipsed old man’s Bay View Business Assocation, inspired Bay View Nbd Group of dynamic young women, which then spawned Bay View Bash, a mammoth street party that awakened city to “Bay View Renaissance”

2003 Internet based Milwaukee Preservation Alliance(MPA) won Godsil article in “Milwaukee Magazine” and led to a number of preservationist victories, including a multi-racial blocking of big box Walgreens on historic Sherman Blvd.

2004 John Dean’s Use of Internet

2005 Wiki power comes to Milwaukee’s movement in shape of MilwaukeeRenaissance Dot Com, which chronicled “renaissance moments” and was a vehicle for introducing Will Allen’s Growing Power to Milwaukee, greatly widening awareness of and support for

2006 National network, i.e. Comfoods, informs Milwaukee food movement and provides national platform for sharing Milwaukee’s

2007 or 2008 Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Movement set up wiki platform

2008 Obama’s Use of Internet

2009 Michelle Obama’s White House Garden a child of food networks

2011 Aquaponics Association collaboration platform(could also include Australia’s Backyard Aquaponics)

2011–2012 Internet Communication Central to Launch of India Aquaponics Empowerment

Some Key Concepts From James Reston’s Successor at NYT & Friend

Secure the future in the face of

At risk American dream and tent pole of global system requiring

Prosperity Formula: public/private partnerships for

Merger of globalization and IT requires

Creative creators, employees as innovators, re-invented jobs,
old work in a new way, new work in a new way, invent, reinvent,
re engineer jobs so can’t be outsoured, digitized, or robotized

3 Cs of Education: creativity, communication, collaboration

“all workers present all of the time’

Hard decade or bad century

“concontrolled experiment in only house we have”

Greatest Generation

Shock therapy, act collectively on WWII scale

Change incentives and price signals for durable
consumer pull and cost volume learning curve

“fully burdened cost”

US Army Education Corps

bottom up innovators “didn’t get the word”

energy enterprise innovators

If it’s not happening its because you’re not doing it”

All we need is in our past, re-discover America, used to be
us can be again

DOD “going green” w. Pentagon Green Hawks

Approaching the Day As If a Fine Mother

Who hangs out laundry in the sun to dry,
Sometimes barefoot so as to feel the grass.

And mixes house cleaning with cooking,
Good music background to graceful work pace.

Offers wise counsel to a child or friend,
While cleaning dishes or watering plants.

Compartmentalizing thoughts of money.
Just Being.


Organic City Food Jobs and 2012 Election

Earth friendly food security IS the paramount environmental and social
justice issue of the day.

Single bottom line, wrongly subsidized, water/air/soil polluting industrial agriculture Is slowly poisoning our citizens and our environment.

Learn about the Urban Economic Development Association’s October Summit on
Food Jobs and economic development by sending me an e-mail at

Transition from Industrial/Post Industrial City to “Organic Cities”

The concept organic city opens up a vast field for consideration. Key related concepts it evokes are:

All of this fits in with the theory of organizational developed bt Dee Hock and called “chaordic.”

Notes from Wikipedia:

Of or relating to an organism, a living entity

The term “organism” (Greek ὀργανισμός – organismos, from Ancient Greek ὄργανον – organon “organ, instrument, tool”) first appeared in the English language in 1701 and took on its current definition by 1834 (Oxford English Dictionary). It is directly related to the term “organization”. There is a long tradition of defining organisms as self-organizing beings.[1]

Organic computing, computing systems with properties of self-configuration, self-optimization, self-healing, and/or self-protection

Organic growth, business expansion through increasing output and sales as opposed to mergers, acquisitions and take-overs

Organic organisation, one which is flexible and has a flat structure

Organic (model), forms, methods and patterns found in living systems, often used as a metaphor for non-living things

Organicism, the biological doctrine which stresses the organization, rather than the composition, of organisms

Philosophy of Organism or Organic Realism is how Alfred North Whitehead described his metaphysics. It is now known as process philosophy.

Central to this school is the idea of concrescence. Concrescence means growing together (com/con from Latin for “together”, crescence from Latin crescere/cret- grow. Marvin Minsky calls this the “society of mind” in his book Society of Mind.

A Nobel Prize for a Neighborhood?

Riverwest Might Win a Nobel Prize

Riverwest is well on it’s way
To becoming the first neighborhood of the planet
To win a nobel Peace Prize.

In the span of one generation
Riverwest has self-transformed
From a traumatized industrial working class community
To a hope-filled urban village of worker gentry activists.

Ghandi’s “determined spirits!”

Riverwest is sacred ground for high proportions
Of its pioneering sons and daughters,
Committed to the realization of Dr. King’s dreams.

The people of Riverwest have worked tirelessly
To build bridges across boundaries of race, class,
Religion, gender, and more.

The people of Riverwest have self-consciously experimented
In a myriad of projects to explore a political economy
Where people, community, nature, and spirit matter.

The people of Riverwest have been the vanguard
Re-spiriting Milwaukee, leading movements for
Peace, social justice, historic preservation,
Environmental stewardship, collective self-reliance.

The people of Riverwest are helping to
Save the Milwaukee River and
Transforming old worker homes into
Green habitats of great beauty.

They have been the original spark behind
The emergence of food co-ops and
Soon to be created edible playgrounds.

Riverwest is home to Timbuktu, the epicenter
For the convivial encounter of the races and classes
Breaking bread, dancing, and marking holy days with joy.

Riverwest is growing power
For the people, mindfulness
For Mother Earth.

Riverwest is harnessing the power of the internet
to advance co-evolutionary experiments.And inspiring other neighborhoods, especially Bay View,
to consider the Riverwest Way.


A Nobel Peace Prize for a Neighborhood

Perhaps a Nobel Peace Prize for our work,
A Nobel Peace Prize for a city, organization, or neighborhood.

This is the easiest for me to envision.
Riverwest would be my starting point.
The Riverwest Vision.

The people of Riverwest in quest of transcendence
Since the founding moments
Centuries ago.

We have lovers of Riverwest
Ready right now,
To share this story from the dawn of time.

Riverwest transcendence and the Indians,
Then the French, the Yankees, the Germans, the Poles,
The Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and “New Americans.”

Let’s present those stories to ennoble our visions,
How about starting at Timbuktu,
The crossroads of cultures, in Riverwest on Center.

Why not a vision of a Nobel Peace Prize
For a neighborhood, say, Riverwest.

Why should Nobel Peace Prizes
Reinforce individual charisma,
So often a source of calamity?

Why not a Nobel Peace Prize
For Charismatic Neighborhoods or Villages,
Global “Golden” and “Rainbow” Urban Villages.

A Nobel Peace Prize for Riverwest,
An Evolutionary Global Village,
Where it is daily proven that diversity is strength.

A mighty collaboration, starting on-line,
To spark a drama designed to win
Nobel Peace Prizes for urban villages.

March 2007, 2010

Riverwest Key to Sweet Water Story


It began in earnest when the kid from the hood,
Just 15 years old, shot in the stomach,
A fine Riverwest, gay, pub worker/owner,

A few weeks after an intemperate leader
Gay-bashed rogue cops

Rather than thoughtfully, powerfully,
Seize the reins of justice.


This outrageous shooting, plus
A rash of thuggery that summer, 2005,
Brought forth a community gathering,
Which I attended, at the Art Bar on Burleigh,
Across from old St. Mary’s,
Where the shooting had occurred.

I had the same sinking feeling in my stomach,
As during the 1970s and 1980s, when I and friends
Had done our best to inspire thought in things better
Than racist scapegoating at community meetings,
Following notorious crime events and moments
In struggling Milwaukee.


But when I arrived at the Art Bar, there was a
Spirit of graceful, powerful…resolve.

A succession of strong and warm people,
A polyglot, rainbow melange,

People with deep roots in the neighborhood
And the movements of our times,

Expressed thoughts and feelings aiming to heal and renew,
To draw upon our deepest imaginations and
Sources of resilient endurance…

To keep our eyes on the prize that
Ghandi and King, Rosa, John, and Bobby,
Mandela, Grace Lee Boggs, and many more,

Had blazed in great visions in our youth.

Having spent much time alive
In the dark, dank tombs of pharaohs,

While not witnessing manifestations of bestial hate
Aimed at minority “others”

I was overwhelmed by these
Bursts of warm light
Coming from everyday people.

I had to leave early,
Lest I lose my composure,

And while driving home
Along sacred city trails,

Alongside resurgent neighborhoods
And cleansing rivers,

The notion of finally meeting Big Will Allen,
The legendary urban farmer already renowned

In awakened circles for his avant-guard
Permaculture and urban agriculture innovations,

Innovations agricultural and “biological,” e.g. vermaculture,

Agriculture ecological, e.g. gloriously productive
Simulated indoor river valleys with sweet water
And fat, healthy, tasty fish,

Innovations social and cultural, e.g. farmer training youth programs.

And when I got out to Growing Power, on 55th and Silver Spring,
More than one incredibly exuberant persons,
Starting with Miss Karen, greeted me with a warmth and generosity
That continues to inspire, and even, startle me.

Later on I learned that I had experienced my first moment with…

Growing Power Magic!

That’s what Miss Karen calls it.

And it’s true!


I returned home to fine an e-mail
Sent from Harvey Taylor, Milwaukee poet and stevedore,
Which contained a song he’d just written
About Big Will Allen and Growing Power!

And then at my 60th birthday party,
Sally Leiser, whom I’d never met, showed up
At the Kern Park “country club,” out of the blue,
And shared the Growing Power story,
In perfect pitch!

The Number11 Bus And Bay View’s Nobel Prize

The best of Riverwest finds fertile soil in Bay View.
The Number 11 Bus Acclerates the diffusion of innovations
In both directions!

Detroit, Chicago, & Milwaukee: Organic From Industrial Cities


Principally, a chaordic organization is a self-organizing and self-evolving entity, which ends up looking more like a neural network (like the Internet) than a hierarchically-organized bureaucracy in which decision-making power is centralized at the top and trickles down through a series of well-regulated departments and managers. Chaordic organizations do not fear change or innovation. They are, by their very nature, supremely adaptive. They also tend to be inclusive, multicentric, and distributive and, ultimately, strongly cohesive due to their unshakable focus on common purpose and core principles. If you can’t quite visualize it, there’s a good reason, which Hock will explain in the following interview.

Chaordic Theory Foundational to Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Industry & Movement

The “Grand Alliance” that is making Milwaukee famous for its urban agriculture/aquaponics initiatives, developmentally speaking, was given a great boost when Julilly Kohler and Ron Doetch, pulled together the Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Network(MUAN). Julilly introduced MUAN as a “chaordic experiment,” which would network enterprises advancing urban agriculture. MUAN organized the world’s first international urban agriculture conference and did the foundation building for our recent legal victories and the wider appreciation of Growing Power, Victory Garden, Sweet Water, etc.

to be continued


My Old Friend Sandy Minash

Sandy was a mensch,
With many sides,
And many gifts.

He loved to tease and provoke,
But also to share his wealth
And make people laugh.

He was deeply bright
And a self educating
Self directing workhorse artist.

There were times when
He nearly drove me mad.

And also occasions many
When he revealed graceful insights

And improved my life
With his generous gifts.

Thank you Sandy.
You will be missed!


B.J. Jeyifo “Guardian” Essay and Poems to Face Up to Calamitous Rulers

Sweet Water Miniatures Workshop

Correspondence for Sharing

Translating Urban Ag “Work” into Jobs and Small Businesses

There is no guarantee of a “job” at this point in history with a degree in urban agriculture.

But over the next 34 years we can co-creating “job creating engines” along with value creating, self-reliant community and earth caring citizens through our urban agriculture experiments.

There is also no guarantee of a “job” at this point in history with a degree in perhaps 50% of the programs we win our degrees in.

Translating Work Experience Into Jobs and Small Businesses

But there is no question that a degree in urban agriculture can translate into value creating and ennobling work. Food for family, friends, neighbors, and the passing along of skills to diffuse the self-reliance and community building capabilities of our youth.

The work will be in their backyards, schools, and faith communities, for starters. Then how about installations in elder facilities, veterans domiciles, homeless centers, neighborhood
pubs, restaurants.

Why not a city with a Sweet Water Growing Power Victory Garden on each and every city block? This is not going to happen waiting around for some big corporation, big government, big union, big church, big military. It will only happen with active citizens interweaving 10 billion webs of value creating work, some of which

And that experience can translate into small businesses for the more enterprising of them.

Or, into “jobs” working on organic farms in the rural, urban, or peri-urban areas.

Multiple Skill Sets Increase Prospects for “Jobs” and Successful Small Businesses

If our urban ag students also study other life basic areas like the artisinal, mechanical, or culinary trades, their urban ag degree will be complimented by other value creating capabilities, like roofing, cabinet making, furniture repair, mechanical repair, cooking, barbering, sewing, multiple media expression, etc. Check out C.Wright Mills’ White Collar chapter on “Work” for some insights into the multi-skilled yeoman farmer in the 19th century.

Urban Agriculture Knowledge a Milwaukee Export to Wider World

Milwaukee is becoming world renowned by virtue of our urban agriculture breakthroughs. Growing Power and Sweet Water cannot handle but a fraction of the appeals for support coming our way. Urban agriculture aquaponics training, starting with our grade schools on up to Ph.D.’s at the School of Fresh Water Sciences, will develop bench strength for this new industry and increase the chances for “jobs” in emerging businesses like Sweet Water or Growing Power, enterprises like Victory Garden Initiative, Walnut Way, Urban Ecology Center, and networks of small enterprises advancing our capacities to feed, house, clothe, and entertain ourselves.

“Urban agriculture architecture” and “organic engineering systems” can be as simple
or as complex as the situation calls for, especially if there are trained people eye on the prize of advancing a vision of healthy, tasty food for all of God’s children.

Schumacher’s “Small Is Beautiful”
Mills’ “White Collar”
Grace Lee Boggs’ “The Next American Revolution”
Emerson, “Self Reliance”

are the theoretical backdrop to the above.

In the way that I pray, I pray this exchange b/t the apprentice “Worm Mon”
and Mike the Worm Guy inspires some fruitful theory practice advance.


On Tue, May 10, 2011 at 12:03 PM, <> wrote:

Your vision for urban ag’s form&function is on a different track from mine. My vision is more based upon the market rather than capacity (i.e. labor, materials, etc).

Where will the jobs be for those urban ag student graduates from MATC ? I would expect that these graduates would want to be able to earn a living in their chosen field. Barter only goes so far. Grant funded positions are few and not sustainable. At some point, jobs based upon income generation are needed.

Who are the customers (i.e. markets), who will pay cash, for this food grown in an urban area ? How is urban ag going to compete for these customers with current ag ?

There can be many visions for urban ag that can co-exist and are all correct. Which vision to participate with depends upon ‘appropriateness’ and ‘context’.

1 more cent….

Mike Flynn
Green Quest LLC
BioSpecific LLC

Subject: Distinguishing “Jobs” from “Work” and “Use Value” from “Exchange Value”

The WHY is wasted human capability, e.g. sitting around depressed, wasted urban soil development streams, e.g. leaves, wood chips, food and veggie wastes, and a wasting environment, e.g. soil and water wrecked by current agriculture methods.

The FORM is experimentation on a small scale with as many of us as we can inspire to…plant a pot!

Less grass and more food in your front yard and backyard. Read up on biofuels and aquaponics!

VALUE Not Just Derived from “Living Wage Jobs”
Grace Lee Boggs has provided an invaluable service in explaining the importance of WORK in a society that will not likely provide “living wage jobs” of the kind the old unionized industries of the Great Lakes cities once provided. There is a lot of work in the informal economy and the realm of use value(as opposed to dollar derived cash nexus “exchange value”) among family, friends, and neighbors that provides goods and services, e.g. barter, food for family, housing upgrades and weatherization, that never reach the exchange economy of dollars nor find the taxmon’s roles.

We have a long way to go to awaken our fellow citizens to their capacity to grow some of their own food, to learn about biofuels, to acquire home fix up skills, cooking skills, and all kinds of other earth friendly technologies waiting to be born.


Film on Milwaukee Aldermen Support for $250,000 Sweet Water Grant/Loan

Asperger Challenged Families & Healing Gardens

Dear All,

A mother and her very bright son challenged by aspergers syndrome will be visiting
Sweet Water this Sunday at noon to do a tour and brainstorm visions of healing gardens tailored for asperger challenged folks.

She told me there was a project called “Lettuce Work” in Ohio (lettuce-growing hydroponics) and “Cape-Abilities” in Cape Cod, Massachusetts -

She hopes to develop a project in the norther Indiana southern Michigan region.

If anyone is interested in joining in some on-line conversations about this, or has information that would be helpful, please send it my way.


Sweet Water

Sweet Water One World Aquaponics Stories

Joel Malcolm’s Backyard Aquaponics Form


Murray Hallam’s Practical Aquaponics Form


Murray Hallam

Sylvia Bernstein’s Aquaponics Gardening Forum

Eco Films Australia


Zurich’s Roman Gaus

“Before returning back home to Switzerland after a two-year stint in the US, I asked a colleague what would be a really sustainable business idea with a transformational potential to bring back to old Europe. He directed me to SweetWaterOrganics, and since reading about their story I became a fan of closed-loop systems and specifically aquaponics and its potential to leverage urban areas into productive places where food is grown sustainably for the future of our children and our cities. I was lucky to find partners with shared vision and experience in Aquaponics, mainly from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), and are now on track to launch UrbanFarmers, with the mission to produce local and organic food in the city on urban rooftops with the engagement of local co-op communities. Our ties and connections with SweetWaterOrganics are expanded through the One World Aquaponics Initiative, with the ambition to share global benchmarks in aquaponic systems and their application into novel business models through Aquaponics TV.”

Hope that helps!!

Mit freundlichen Grüssen / with the best regards

Roman Gaus

Roman Gaus, lic. oec. HSG
c/o Hub Zurich
Viaduktstr. 93–95
8005 Zürich

UN Expert Prefers “Agroecology” Over Industrial Farming

Facebook Page Devoted to Composting

Jd Sawyer’s On Line Courses

Do It Yourself Aquaponics Forum

Founder of the Earth Poets Congratulates Sweet Water and Milwaukee City Regarding Sweet Water Loan

Dear Earth Poets & Musicians,

Please join me in congratulating our dear and endearing past guest poet James Godsil upon the Sweet Water breakthrough reported on the frontpage of today’s Milw. JourSent Business section. In short, in the City Hall of the city whose Renaissance Godsil has prophetically proclaimed for the last several years the Common Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee yesterday voted 5–0 to grant Sweet Water a $250,000 loan which Sweet Water will not have to repay if it succeeds in adding 45 jobs within four years. Given the dearth of jobs, I’m sure Sweet Water will have a long line of applicants. Their challenge, I guess, is to increase their ability to realistically add 45 new employees. Also, they have to raise $125,000 in other investments in addition to the city loan. This loan and a recent IBM grant will help make this happen and there ought to be enough hip people who have enough money to invest in a business venture so obviously commendably noble and green. Bay View is lucky to have an alderperson as cool and “with it” in Tony Zielinski as we have in Nik Kovac. The JourSent item ends: “‘These people are visionaries,’ said Ald. Tony Zielinski, whose district includes the Sweet Water operation.” If you want to read the whole JourSent piece reporting this good news, go to:

Congratulations to Godsil and his business partner Josh and to
all others (workers and consumers) who will benefit from this
enterprise (right livelihood and nutritious locally grown food)! Jeff

Godsil Hopes to Brainstorm with Sweet Water Volunteers

11 a.m. Every Saturday In April and May

At the Grassy Nole on Robinson,
across the street from Sweet Water,
2100 block of Robinson, just east of KK,
just South of Becher.

To talk about:

for Sale to the People, In the Sweet Water Market and the people of the city

and inspires people to come forth into the Spring!

to be continued…

414 232 1336

Sweet Water Mainframe and Miniatures for Every City

The active citizens and urban agrarians of the Great Lakes Heartland cities
are hoping to enlist your support in advancing Chicago Madison Milwaukee
Eco Tourism and Life Long Learning Hostels, important steps toward the day
when there is a Sweet Water Mainframe and 1,000 miniatures in each and
every city.

And Aquaponics/Urban Agriculture TV! Facebook/Youtube as artfully employed
for these earth friendly 21st century technologies/industries/movements as
for the Tunisian Egyptian toppling of despots.

Press Release re Sweet Water Perch at Obama MK Banquet

As I am writing this, President Obama’s kick off banquet for his 2012 race is serving Sweet Water Perch.

Here’s the press release.

mk The Restaurant Serving Sustainable and Locally Produced Food and Wine forPresident Obama’s Dinner Thursday, April 14th

mk The Restaurant’s Chefs Michael Kornick and Erick Williams will be preparing a spectacular dinner featuring only sustainably produced food and wine from America for President Obama’s fundraising dinner on Thursday, April 14th. Highlights from the menu will feature perch from Sweet Water Organics, steak from Bill Kurtis’ Tall Grass Beef Company, as well as Qupe and Au Bon Climat wines.

Starting off the night will be a hors d’oeurves of perch served with Fish Bar tartar sauce. This isn’t your typical perch. The fish have been commercially raised by Sweet Water Organics through an innovative aquaponic system of agriculture, which is a simultaneous cultivation of plants and fish. Through their aquaponic agriculture, Sweet Water Organics is helping address global warming and food insecurity in the 21st Century while providing people with locally grown fish.

Guests will also enjoy Tallgrass beef tartare. Tallgrass Beef Company is one of America’s leaders in grass-fed beef, which produces healthier meat that is higher in Omega-3s and vitamins. The cattle are never raised in feedlots or are given hormones. Instead they are raised naturally in pastures, which results in better tasting meat which is also better for the environment.

The elegant hors d’oeurves of perch, beef and lobster will be paired with a 2009 Qupe Cuve Chardonnay. Qupe Vineyards is based in California’s Central Coast and employs traditional winemaking practices and they are committed to sourcing the best grapes. In 2010, Food & Wine Magazine named Qupe one of the World’s 50 Most Influential Winemakers.

The evening will progress to an exceptional dinner of Maine salmon and seared Maine scallops with short ribs that will be paired with a 2007 Au Bon Climat pinot noir. Au Bon Climat is located on the world-famous Bien Nacido winery in California’s Santa Barbara County and sources the best fruit the Central Coast has to offer. Food & Wine Magazine named Jim Cleneden “Winemaker of the Year” in 2001, and in 2007, Jim was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. Au Bon Climat’s wines continue to earn international praise.

Serving sustainable, local and environmentally conscious food and wine is at the core of chefs Michael Kornick and Erick Williams’ culinary philosophy, and President Obama’s dinner is no exception. Below is the decadent menu that will be served on the night of April 14th.

For more information and photos, please contact Allison Clark at or 908–304–5213.

For more information about Sweet Water Organics, please contact
James Godsil, 414 123 1336.

End of Press Release

Urban Agriculture Aquaponics on Presidential Platforms for

Democrats, Republicans, and Indendents

It will be my pleasure to share stories and visions,
to partner across boundaries, to accelerate our adaptations,
to the negative externalities of the industrial revolution,
to advance our incorporation of the best of the bounty of that epoch, e.g.
the internet, cell phones, planes, and appropriate labor saving

and our ushering forth

‘’‘ Urban Agriculture and Aquaponics Experiments

large and small,
for art, science, and earth friendly commerce.

‘’‘ A Sweet Water Mainframe

in every city on the planet.

By my 100th birthday party in 2045,

10,000 Sweet Water Miniatures

in every community
and neighborhood of those same cities,

marrying art, science, commerce, yoga, making

organic cities

increasingly self-reliant bio regions

in arid and rainforest nations…

in nations north south east and west,

exploring formulae for co-creating,
for global cooperation,
for collaboration of civilizations…

Cities of Wonder and Abundance

Sweet Water Projects!

Sweet Soil Projects!

Hybrid Enterprise and solidarity economics…



A National Experiment in Urban Agriculture


the Presidential Campaign Platforms

of Democrats, Republications, Independents,

A Grand Alliance for Biomimicry Explorations!

Photosynthesis will provide 1,000 times more energy
than photo voltaics—cheaply! Seeds, sweet soil from
urban waste streams, aquaponics and raised bed garden “systems.”

Earth Friendly Industry, Enterprise,
and Associational Partnership.

What say?

Why not?


Sweet Water Yellow Perch for Obama Banquet at Chicago’s MK Restaurant

Here is first installment of the President’s Banquet offering Sweet Water of Milwaukee’s Yellow Perch, “the purist perch on the planet.”,0,5013010.story


Sweet Water Sparking a Chicago Madison Milwaukee Eco-Tourism Initiative

Dear All,

The costs of experimentation with urban agriculture, aquaponics, and other
“eco system approaches to food production” are as likely to be bankrolled
by eco-tourists as by foundations, government, or wealthy donors.

We have won the commitment of a number of vanguard organic and natural
farmers and community garden organizers to develop an eco-tourism initiative.
Tours will cost from $5 and $10 on up to $25 for extensive hands-on experiences
for young and old alike.

If you have an eco-tour destination to suggest, please send it my way.

As of this writing, Godsil’s Sweet Water Sunday Noon tour is open for business.
And Rob Frost’s One Straw Tour in Jefferson County and Venice Williams’
Alice’s Garden have signed on.

There are 25,000,000 people a day’s drive from Milwaukee Chicago and Madison.
Let’s bring them to Milwaukee’s eco-tours for much needed revenues in support
of natural and local food production.



Milwaukee’s Channel 6 Spotlight on Sweet Water

Here are some very welcomed interviews of Sweet Water folks by exuberant Fox 6 reporters at “The Farm” on the morning after the big elections in Wisconsin.

Sweet Water Volunteer Project Ideas

to target populations, e.g. principals or science teachers of every school in Milwaukee
metro area

Top 5

NYT Bittman Chronciling Food Movement Progress

March 22, 2011, 8:30 pm
Food: Six Things to Feel Good About

The great American writer, thinker and farmer Wendell Berry recently said, “You can’t be a critic by simply being a griper . . . One has also to . . . search out the examples of good work.”

I’ve griped for weeks, and no doubt I’ll get back to it, but there are bright spots on our food landscape, hopeful trends, even movements, of which we can be proud. Here are six examples.

• Not just awareness, but power | Everyone talks about food policy, but as advocates of change become more politically potent we’re finally seeing more done about it. Late last year, public pressure enabled the federal government to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, which will improve school food, and the Food Safety Modernization Act, which will make food safer. (Gripe alert: Neither is perfect, and it’s easy to be critical of both — the child nutrition bill, for example, may be partially funded by a cut to food stamps — but they mark real progress and increase the possibility of further reform.) Combined with increasingly empowered consumers and a burgeoning food movement (one that Time magazine’s Bryan Walsh suggests has the potential to surpass and save the environmental movement), guarded optimism is called for, especially with the farm bill up for renewal in 2012. If the good guys fail to make some real gains there I’ll be surprised.

• Moving beyond greenwashing | Michelle Obama’s recent alliance with Wal-Mart made even more headlines than the retailer’s plan to re-regionalize its food distribution network, which is if anything more significant. The world’s biggest retailer pledged to “double sales of locally sourced produce,” reduce in-store food waste, work with farmers on crop selection and sustainable practices, and encourage — or is that “force”? — suppliers to reconfigure processed foods into “healthier” forms. (Yes, I think this last is ridiculous, but today I’m all sweetness and light.) Not to be outdone, just last week, McDonald’s made a “Sustainable Land Management Commitment.” We can and should be skeptical of these pronouncements, but the heat that inspired these two giants to promise change may ensure that they follow through. As for the First Lady: “Let’s Move” has helped insert food squarely into the national conversation: everyone from Sarah Palin to Rush Limbaugh to Stephen Colbert talks about it, and even Ms. Palin’s nonsensical comments provoke sensible reactions. And it’s difficult to find a school where someone isn’t gardening.

• Real food is spreading | There are now more than 6,000 farmers markets nationwide — about a 250 percent increase since 1994 (significant: there are half as many as there are domestic McDonald’s), and 900 of them are open during the winter. They’re searchable too, thanks to the USDA. (Community Supported Agriculture programs — CSAs — and food coops are also searchable, courtesy of Furthermore, serious and increasing efforts are being made to get that food to the people who really need it: Wholesome Wave, for example, began a voucher program in 2008 that doubles the value of federal food stamps (SNAP) at participating farmers markets; that program has grown more than tenfold in less than three years.

• We’re not just buying, we’re growing | Urban agriculture is on the rise. If you’re smirking, let me remind you that in 1943, 20 million households (three-fifths of the population at that point) grew more than 40 percent of all the vegetables we ate. City governments are catching on, changing zoning codes and policies to make them more ag-friendly, and even planting edible landscaping on city hall properties. Detroit, where the world’s largest urban farm is under development, has warmly and enthusiastically embraced urban agriculture. Other cities, including Pittsburgh, Philadelphia (more on Philly in a week or two), New York, Toronto, Seattle, Syracuse, Milwaukee and many more, have begun efforts to cultivate urban farming movements. And if local food, grown ethically, can become more popular and widespread, and can help in the greening of cities — well, what’s wrong with that?

• Farming is becoming hip | The number of farms is at last increasing, although it’s no secret that farmers are an endangered species: the average age of the principal operator on farms in the United States is 57. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently noted that our farmers are “aging at a rapid rate,” and when he asked, “Who’s going to replace those folks?” it wasn’t a rhetorical question. But efforts by nonprofits like the eagerly awaited FoodCorps and The Greenhorns, both of which aim to introduce farming to a new generation of young people, are giving farming a new cachet of cool. Meanwhile, the Nebraska-based Land Link program matches beginning farmers and ranchers with retirees so that the newbies gain the skills (and land) they need.

• The edible school lunch | The school lunch may have more potential positive influences than anything else, and we’re beginning to see it realized. The previously mentioned child-nutrition bill sets better nutrition standards for school meals and vending machines and increases the number of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. U.S.D.A. is also behind the “Chefs Move to Schools” program, which enlists culinary professionals to help revamp nutrition curricula and the food itself; around 550 schools are participating. Independent of the Feds, many chefs have been moving to schools on their own. Bill Telepan’s Wellness in the Schools, for example, is working with public schools in New York City, while “renegade lunch lady” Ann Cooper, who remade Berkeley’s school lunch, is taking on the much more challenging program in Boulder, and succeeding. There are scores of other examples, and we’re finally seeing schools rethinking the model of how their food is sourced, cooked and served, while getting kids to eat vegetables. That’s good work.

Sweet Water Hands On Composting Workout Mon-Frid This Week Noon to 2 p.m.

Dear All,

Nick Montezon has learned intensely of composting through his work as a Growing Power intern and as a Sweet Water intern as well.

This week he is training Joseph Strini to become an apprentice compost foremon(“mon” is age and gender neutral) in the vast compost mounds currently under development with about 1,000 pounds per day of layered egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit and veggie waste, brewers mash, and wood chips.

If you would like a spot on this work learn team, send me an e-mail and I’ll make the introductions.

Sweet Soil is our birthright!
Let us reclaim soil fouled by
The excess of the Industrial Revolution

Time to vision a return to
Sweet Soil in post-industrial

Organic Cities

Learn to harvest urban waste streams for Sweet Soil.
Your family deserves a backyard, perhaps front yard, food garden!

We can advance your first step toward that,
providing you with hands-on sweet soil crafting experience.

This week, noon to 2 p.m.
Each day behind Sweet Water,
to the east of the railroad tracks,
on the service road, along the

Sweet Water Sweet Soil Path.

What say?

Why not?


Sweet Water Consolidation and Elaboration

The project will support the development of Sweet Water Organics, the world’s first re-purposing of an abandoned factory and adjacent grounds into a commercial scale, 4 season, natural, intensely productive, aquaponics fish vegetable farm and a complimentary research, development, and training center. Sweet Water self-funding first phase has inspired hope across the nation and our increasingly connected world that aquaponics and vermiculture urban based growing methodologies provide a critical response to urban poverty and joblessness, food insecurity and obesity epidemic, and the environmental despoliation of our waters, soil, and air attendent oil-based, industrial monoculture farming methods.

The accomplishments of the Sweet Water Organics team and partners in its first two years of
self-generated development will be consolidated with the support of this grant. The funding will
support personnel for the on-going refinement of aquaponic bio-filtration methodologies in concert with an expanding network of engineers, biologists, horticulturalists, and information systems analysts, including a team of 5 IBM people supported by a $400,000 Smart City Grant.
The grant will also support further experimentation and development of resource efficiencies regarding heating, lighting, optimal balance among fish, plants, and bacteria, and monitoring instrumentation(with IBM support). The grant will also advance Sweet Water’s “sweet soil” initiatives focus on the daily harvesting of a thousand pounds of urban waste streams, e.g. fruit and veggie wastes, coffee grounds, egg shells, wood chips, and leaves, into compost or humis, which become food for worms, whose castings provide the most powerful natural fertilizer on earth. While the aquaponics project calls for highly skilled labor, the “Sweet Soil” project provides
entry level positions, starting point for hands-on, learn while you earn urban agriculture skill set and sensibility acqusition. For Sweet Water and Wisconsin, “Growing urban farmers” is as critical as growing healthy, tasty food in small places for local markets. The skills and aptitudes
acquired in Sweet Water employment will credentialize participants in a key 21st century green industry, as well as provide skills for self-reliance through at home and community gardening.

Measurable Results

ground for engineering systems to support bacteria populations through Wisconsin winters

as collaborations among other urban agriculture aquaponics practioners in Milwaukee and beyond

-tours that will attract an average of 100 visitors per week, 50 of whom will be students
-host face to face workshops and meet-ups among educators, researchers, enterprisers
(public and private)
-develop net enhanced distant learning capacities for world-wide distribution
-develop aquaponics miniatures for schools, veterans centers, and churches, with the
expectation of 10 such projects during the first grant year

Harnessing the Power of the Internet for Milwaukee India Collaborations

I am happy, and must confess, astonished, at the wondrous possibilities
that appear to be within our reach regarding the diffusion of aquaponics

The Milwaukee India collaborations rest primarily, for the moment, in
the visions of Michael Macy, U.S. State Department Cultural Attache and
husband of an Indian journalist and myself, who he is hoping to introduce
to people in a State Department sponsored trip I hope happens asap.

If I had a team of interns or even one, I would begin harvesting internet
connectivity for this vision. I would, for example, ask people like yourself
for names of the key institutions, enterprises, movements, or individuals most
likely to be open for some on-line conversations about aquaponics development.

Then I would send individualized e-mails with compelling subject lines
in hopes of establishing a correspondence and some on-line brainstorming.
I would also introduce these new potential partners to some of the other members
of the emerging aquaponics global community of practice to widen the circle
of insight and possible resources.

I am very keen on an informal, grass roots Aquaponics TV venture, which, for
the moment, would simply involve searching facebook for aquaponics practitioners
on every continent, inviting them to share their favorite youtube for review,
organization, and distribution.

I am also inspired to aim for 5% of the world’s schools equipped with an aquaponics miniature by 2020, probably starting with a Travis Hughey barrel ponics set up unless someone introduces an even simpler model.

The Tunisian and Egyptian “breakthroughs” have inspired me to imagine even greater possibilities from internet connectivity. Sweet Water is a “net enhanced” hybrid enterprise that would not exist but for the miracle of internet communications. In the way that I pray, I pray that we can hasten the day when every city in America, every city in India, has a Sweet Water food and community center, science and education lab, aquaponics miniature showroom, and gathering place of earth friendly technical innovations—a hub for 21st century self reliance, community, and the coming abundance!



IBM Smarter Cities Grant for Milwaukee: Focus on Sweet Water Organics

Nice “Journal” piece at:

blue%Godsil “Concept Note” in response to IBM Grant

IBM Integrated Systems Advancing Milwaukee Aquaponics Industry

There are 3 basic elements in Milwaukee’s embryonic aquaponics industry, all of which will
be greatly advanced with the resources IBM can bring to each:

  1. Commercial Up-scaling

  2. Aquapanics Systems Diffusion & Replication, starting with our schools

  3. Internationalization of Aquaponics Large Scale and Miniature Methodologies

Commercial Up-scaling and IBM Instrumentation

Sweet Water Organics, conceived at its founding as a “net enhanced” aquaponics
business, research and development project, will greatly profit from resources
the IBM team of experts will provide. The Sweet Water teams, which include in-house staff but also an expansive web of partners from the science, technology, business, and social sectors, look forward to IBM instrumentation that will:

Aquapanics Systems Replication, starting with out schools

Sweet Water is not just in the business of raising fish and produce. A key piece of the Sweet Water business model is:

Growing Urban Farmers Through “Farm, Academy, and Civil Society Collaborations”

Aquaponics is perhaps the highest value added form of agriculture per square foot. It should come as no surprise that the level of science, art, and focus required to mimic so productive a “natural system” requires highly skilled personnel. The art and science of developing and maintaining mini-eco systems with proper balance between water, fish, micro-organisms, plants, air, light, and mechanical components demands our sustained commitment to the education of a new kind of farmer.

Sweet Water’s commitment to growing urban farmers is expressed both in its business model and its social vision behind its founding of the Sweet Water Foundation. The IBM team will be of great value for both. Commercial scale aquaponics needs “bench strength.” The IBM team can accelerate the day when 5% of our nation’s schools, 5% of the world’s schools, have hands-on aquaponics projects advancing the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math and providing skill sets for at home food gardening.

IBM Instrumentation of The Diffusion of Sweet Water Innovations

Sweet Water Organics, the Sweet Water Foundation, and a dense web of Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, and global partners are committed to sharing aquaponics methodologies
in Milwaukee and beyond, starting with:

Sweet Water looks forward to IBM support in outreach to schools, churches, and other sites for miniatures; in net-enhanced monitoring, communications, and tech-support for “aquapon” partnerships; in accelerating the advent of grass roots video programming both enlightening and entertaining

Internationalization of Aquaponics Large Scale and Miniature Methodologies

Sweet Water’s commitment to become an export industry through diffusing
aquaponics organic engineering systems in urban agriculture architecture
will be greatly advanced with IBM resources, especially collaborative platforming. Sweet Water’s initial “net enhanced” business model has resulted in rich collaborations and information sharing with the world’s leading aquaponics communities of practice. European aquaponics centers that have been inspired by Sweet Water to take aquaponics from their science lab and small experiments into the social economy of the city, e.g. Charlie Price’s Aquaponics UK in London, Bas de Groot’s work in Rotterdam, Roman Gaus’ in Zurich. Australian aquaponic developments have been introduced into the Sweet Water community primarily through a new partnership with Sylvia Bernstein’s Aquaponics Gardening web based group connecting 1,000 practioners throughout North America. The Virgin Island aquapons’ insights are reaching Sweet Water through Nelson and Pade, a Wisconsin based training center whose operation manager attended the Sweet Water Winter Workshop on “The Commercial Upscaling, Democratization, and Internationalization of Aquaponics.”

IBM enhanced aquaponics projects and collaboration platforms will provide a means to greatly advance the testing of various aquaponics “schools.” Equally important will be the support provided to develop ways of introducing aquaponics in developing nations with very different climactic and socio-economic conditions.

Milwaukee As World Water and Aquaponics Hub Through IBM Enhanced Catalytic Collaborations

The IBM Smarter Cities grant means that Sweet Water’s capacity for partnerships with government, business, science and academy, civil society, and the thriving Milwaukee urban agriculture industry and movement will reach a new threshold. Milwaukee means “gathering place by the water” to the original Americans, who also called the Great Lakes “The Sweet Water Seas.” Milwaukee now has a most welcomed ally in IBM to dramatically enhance our capacity to: gather by the waters we are learning to appreciate: to heal and thoughtfully manage the waters and work with the myriad life forms, including our own, that they support: to take more thoughtful steps to make the Great Lakes, once again, “The Sweet Water Seas”: and to develop sustainable food and water management industries that entitle our self-conception as a world water and urban agriculture hub.

Sweet Water Marine “Partner” Matthew Holzman Getting Nice Media Attention


From Empty Factory Buildings to Community Food and Training Centers

With sweet soil and sweet water, our empty factories can help us heal.

Healing Factories

Factory Scale Systems Start From Aquaponics Miniatures for Schools and Churches

Some useful starting links:

The Democratization and Internationalization of Aquaponics

Travis Hughey’s Modestly Priced Barrel-ponis Handbook

Communities of Practice Sharing Hard Won Information

Godsil Radio Interview on Aquaponics Miniatures in 5% of Our Schools by 2020

Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio Sweet Water Stories

God willing,
to be continued

Godsil the Worm Mon

Here’s the simple formula, ready to roll out!
Aquaponics miniatures in 5% of humanity’s schools by 2030!

Oligarchs Tremble When They Hear the People Sing!
from Les Miserables in Wisconsin
Offered by Ingrid Dr. Solo

The ongoing protests against Gov. Walker’s proposal to strip public
employees and their unions of collective bargaining rights hit yet another
high note today with a rousing rendition of “Do You Hear the People Sing?”
from Les Miserables early Sunday afternoon inside the Capitol.

Led by an ensemble of trained vocalists and musicians, the song gathered
strength from a vast chorus of demonstrators who joined in the refrain:

Do you hear the people sing,
singing the song of working men?
It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again.
When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums,
there is a life about to start when tomorrow comes.

Past galleries festooned with banners and signs, the voices rose from the
rotunda floor. Watch the video:

Oligarchs Tremble When They Hear the People Sing!
by Godsil

Hang on tight, when the people start to sing.

Oligarchies of Tunisia and Egypt are awakening
to this power.

As they will in our great nation!

Viva, the song of our unions!
Viva, that our social business leaders!
Viva, our public servants!
Viva, the song of our progressive gentry!
Viva, that of OUR WORKING middle classes!
Viva, our urban and rural farmers!
Viva, the song of each and every citizen—of One World!

Wisconsin once again is at the edge of history,
like back around 1910 when the Progressives
and Social Democrats of Wisconsin were
incubating whet became the ‘New Deal” for America,
or when the Wisconsin delegation to the 1968
Democratic convention most profoundly confronted the war hawks.

We might well be experimenting with the crafting
of a collaboration of civilizations, to replace
the “clash of civilizations” the greed and imbecilities
of OUR oligarchs and THIER oligarchs perpetuates.

Madison, like Tunis and Cairo, is a world phenomenon.

With the power of the internet in imaginative minds
and courageous hearts, the human race is realizing
that we are citizens of one world, one humanity.

The human race is won!

You Tube and Facebook enables us to hear each other’s songs,
and see each other dance! And work! And play!

With as much, it will soon again be, authentically,
the people’s day. For all of God’s children.


Solidarity Eco Economics and Democracy TV(SEED TV)

Solidarity economics

involves social local and/or family businesses, co-ops, non-profits, and hybrid enterprise advancing grand alliance collaborations to green urban and rural societies, integrate earth friendly theory and practice, commerce and ethics, art and science.

Democracy TV

empowers grass roots cultures with partnerships of tech-savvy youth, our wiser elders, and active citizens to develop beautiful short documentaries and films with digital cameras, cell phones, you tube, and facebook technologies. Networked fields of artists, writers, and producers would assemble offerings from every city and country of the planet, around themes important in the movements and happenings of the day. My focus these days would be on programming pertaining to

The test stations could find 3 different kinds of aquaponics miniatures being
assembled, operated, evaluated, and harvested. This work could be documented
as it evolved and broadcast to any place of the planet looking into the powerfully
productive, water preserving, small space growth methodology that is aquaponics.

Faith Communities To Grow Pure Fish and Fresh Spinach for Body and Soul?

Learn more at Sweet Water Wednesday and Friday Market, 4 to 7 p.m. or
Sunday noon tours.

Sweet Water, i.e. the farm and the foundation, is now in a position to provide
faith communities across the nation with small aquaponic systems for the miracle of four season fish and plant gardening.

Sweet Water Miniatures will be shown at the Wednesday & Friday 4 to 7 p.m. Open Market. Miniature workshops for church congregations, families, and restaurants will take place on dates to be announced.

Please let your local faith communities know about this possibility for their congregations.

Sweet Water Miniature Inter-faith and International Collaborations

We plan on reaching out to “all of God’s children.” Sweet Water miniatures in churches, temples, mosques, synagogues are part of this vision. We have already installed or inspired the installation of miniatures in a number of Milwaukee and Chicago schools. We hope to help the peoples of arid and rainforest nations learn the art of aquaponics gardening, which uses very little water and grows great quantities in small spaces, year found.

There may be no better place to find God than in a garden.

Sweet Water Mainframe, the Diffusion, and Democratization of Aquaponics Miniatures

The Sweet Water “mainframe” at 2151 S. Robinson has attracted organic
farmers, scientists, and “aquapons” from every corner of America and the
world beyond our borders to accelerate the art and science of small space
urban farming. The experts have reached the point where the systems are
simple enough for any church, family, or enterprise that has the passion,
some people with focus, and a capacity to consult with Sweet Water support
teams as well as on-line communities of aquaponics practice.

The first Sweet Water Miniature project may well be a collaboration with the
Center for Veterans Initiatives and the National Association of Black Veterans.
This will involve Dave Mangin and Jesse Blom, with support from Howard
Hinterthuer and Sweet Water Organics technical staff, working with veterans
to develop a Travis Hughey barrel-ponic system in the carriage house of their
Wells St. headquarters, to add to the vets’ already celebrated organic
healing raised bed garden.

Here are some pictures and a 90 page how to manual for a Travis Hughey
barrel-ponic system we hope to help people develop.

Sweet Water’s mainframe and miniature experiments have been assisted by the
Water Council, MSOE, MAID, UWM, and M.U. professors, about 10 high schools, and
a number of urban agriculture enterprises.

Gardens In the House of God

Gardens in “the house of God” might inspire us to improve our bodies’ diets.

Gardens in our homes and neighborhoods might inspire us to spend less time:
burning oil in our cars on trips to the mall; watching tv; eating too much salt,
sugar, fat, fast, and processed foods.

Please consider reaching out to your local spiritual leaders and high school teachers to advance aquaponics for self reliance, community building, physical and mental health.


James J. Godsil, President
Sweet Water Foundation
co-founder Sweet Water Organics, Inc.

Radio Interview Best for MY Sweet Water Visions

Here is a radio interview that best captures my vision:

Favorite pictures:

Sweet Water is a:

self-reliance experiments in the context of expanding webs of close in and expansive communities, geographic and “of practice.”

Every community deserves a Sweet Water!

Mother Nature demands we restore Sweet Waters!

Sweet Soil and Sweet Water will renew our cities!

Volunteer for Hands On Aquaponic/Vermiculture Construction

Sweet Water Organics and the Sweet Water Foundation are collaborating to
democratize and internationalize aquaponics through aquaponics miniatures.

If you would like to learn how to build your own small and inexpensive systems
I can connect you with people who would help you out by providing hands-on
experience as they construct barrel ponic miniatures and vermiculture structures.

Here’s a 90 page manual on barrel ponics that provides the basis for their efforts.

Here’s a community of aquaponics practice I hope you’ll consider joining to learn
from about 1,000 people who share their discoveries. If you join this group, please let Sylvia know I sent you!

And finally, here’s a song by a woman I wish I’d met that gives me strength to face
some of my challenges:

Let me know if you would like an introduction to Jesse Blom or Dave Mangin,
who are welcoming volunteer apprentices for aquaponics/vermiculture construction/
installation experiments.

Can’t connect you with paying gigs for now, but can connect you with information
and experiences that will provide you with life long means of growing some of
your own food and perhaps developing your own small business teaching people
how to do the same.

Best regards,


Godsil You Tube on Milwaukee as Aquaponics Innovation Center

Response to Question: How Do I Get Started in Aquaponics

Aquaponics is an exciting and complex farming technology. Don’t try to launch
a project on your own. Talk with people who might be pre-disposed to do the
research and the work required. High school or college science or ag teachers, for example; friends passionate about the environment, good food, e.g. chefs, or growing things, e.g. farmers, gardeners.

Google “aquaponics wikipedia” to start you journey.

If you do facebook, do a search for aquaponics and become facebook friends
with people from all over the world who show up. Read the web pages.

Here is a seminal article by the modern father of aquaponics:

My Favorite Aquaponics Community of Practice Forums

Australians really got things going!

Google “aquaponics you tube.”

Watch the films.

We will be hosting workshops in the winter months. Still working out the details.

Google “aquaponics (your city or state name) and see if anyone shows up.

Do volunteer work for them if they will accept you as an intern.

Let me know of your progress! I will do my best to be one of your distant, on-line aquaponics project design mentors.

My Contribution for Sweet Water Scale Replications


leading official and unofficial actors(I can probably enhance their relations in just about any city. (That’s part of “my secret sauce.” :)

Help Connect w.

Community Support—I can probably help them connect with area academics and practicing “science” people, whether biology, aquatics, horticulture, energy, architcture, engineering

 (another part of my sauce)

These connections rooted in 40 years of civic engagement, with nanosecond and virtual patners all over the place and doorways to new cities.

Have been developing correspondance across the planet with these players since 2005.

Either through skype or face to face, contextually determined.


Have been a talent scout forever.

Happy to be of service to this great enterprise/movement!

*Yeoman Orchestrations to Launch Your Urban Ag/Aqua Career or Enterprise

These involve talking while working, at your garden, work site, or mine, about

e.g. I’ll explore a partnership with the National Association of Black Veterans over a one year period, quite possibly not making any green dollars in this period, but growing social and cultural capital that sets the stage for some green dollar capital from a grant we win or project contract we capture

e.g. some of this work might occur within a standard corporation or family business, some of it might occur as a project for a non-profit, some of it might occur in the informal economy(your backyard or home energy efficiency experiments

e.g. some of these collaborations might find us creating goods and services that have “exchange value” in the market place(let’s develop some arugula mini-farms!), while others might be entirely located in the realm of “use value”(let’s create 1,000 potted arugula plants and distribute them to fire houses, police stations, schools, and assisted living centers just for the good of it with all volunteer labor)

e.g. while we’re mostly focused on producing a couple of key items like perch and lettuce at Sweet Water, we also pay attention to income streams ancillary to the prime focus(at Sweet Water we are developing the soft-ware needed for highly sophisticated aquaponics conversations of vintage factory building that can generate revenues at work shops, as school curricula, as blueprints for replications, and so forth)

e.g. we invite potential collaborators to some on-line conversations, either via e-mail or setting up sites on facebook, wiki platforms, list serves, and so on. These conversations
in the “noosphere” are punctuated and enhanced by gatherings of round table conversations, where on-line participants can meet one another and people who don’t like on-line talk can join in

I would feel most comfortable investing in yeoman orchestrations with people who would start out with a commitment of 100 hours of exchange, as well as a commitment to document what comes forth from those first 100 hours

In my lifetime I have seen small groups of people greatly contribute to evolutionary history making, fueled by visions they easily put their shoulder into. Green money capital is important, social and cultural capital too! But, in my mind’s eye, reflecting upon the golden sons and daughters of Mother Earth these past 40 years of “movement” and “small enterprise” work, it’s spiritual capital that trumps all else.

Sweet Water is an adventure that bears witness to the power of an idea whose time has come. Yeoman orchestrations can play a vital part of the Sweet Water Story.

I hope you will consider some of these concepts with me and some of my able mates!


A yeoman could be a free man holding a small landed estate, a minor landowner, a small prosperous farmer, especially from the Elizabethan era onwards (16th-17th century), a deputy, assistant, journeyman, or loyal or faithful servant. Work “performed or rendered in a loyal, valiant, useful, or workmanlike manner”, especially in situations that involve a great deal of effort or labor, such as would be done by a yeoman farmer, came to be described as a yeoman’s job.[3] Yeomen became a class of people that gained a reputation for hard toil.[4]

Yeoman also was a rank or position in a noble or royal household, with titles such as Yeoman of the Chamber, Yeoman of the Crown, Yeoman Usher, King’s Yeoman, and various others. Most duties were connected with protecting the sovereign and dignitaries as a bodyguard, such as the Yeomen of the Guard, attending the sovereign with various tasks as needed, or duties assigned to his office.[1]

In modern British usage, yeoman may specifically refer to a member of a reserve cavalry unit called a yeomanry (similar to a militia) traditionally raised from respected and moderately wealthy commoners in England and Wales, and today part of the Territorial Army; a member of the Yeomen of the Guard or Yeomen Warders of the Tower of London, or servant in the British Royal Household at Windsor Castle, such as the Yeoman of the Cellar; or a supervisory soldier normally between the ranks of staff sergeant to Warrant Officer Class 1 in the Royal Corps of Signals in the British Army, an appointment achieved upon completion of a 14-month technical course and seen as the highest accolade bestowed upon an operator and indeed a Royal Signals soldier.[2]

to be continued


Sweet Water a Hybrid Aquaponics Social Business

Here’s a first draft for some more conversation:

Sweet Water is a hybrid social business that has three enterprises In this note I’m creating some rough sketches of the first “enterprise” of Sweet Water, namely

Sweet Water Organics, Inc

“the world’s first commercial urban aquaponics fish vegetable farm in an historic factory building selling to local markets”


including design and stewarding of organic engineering systems in urban agriculture architecture, Sweet Water software support for installations large and small, especially school aquaponic systems, re aquatic science, horticulture, energy systems, mechanical systems, business structuring, work configurations, information technology systems monitoring, collaboration platforms, source of
aquaponics industry personnel needs and development

Sweet Water has brought Aquaponics mainstream! Combined with
Will Allen’s Growing Power, and a newly mobilized movement I’ll
call the local global creatives, Sweet Water and its wide and deep
partnership networks are poised to accelerate the translation of a new found
awareness of aquaponics into the practice of aquaponics, starting in
our schools with Sweet Water Miniatures.

Sweet Water is the world’s first commercial up-scaling of an aquaponics
system in a re-purposed factory building. Aquaponics is an effort by
humans to mimic nature, i.e. biomimicy innovations inspired by nature.

Sweet Water Is the Main Frame.

Main Frame “Generations.”

Sweet Water has, in my mind, 4 iterations in the works, each of which
is an improvement upon the previous. The proof of concept, narrowly
defined to exclude revenues that will arrive through our training, tours,
Sweet Water miniatures, consulting, and publications, will very likely come

 somewhere at the moment of Iteration Three and Iteration Four achieving their peak

performance levels.

Iterations One and Two had to occur for us to acquire
the know-how and coherent team required for Three and Four.

What follows is a highly simplified translation which can be presented in more
depth with the help of some of our scientist/technicians.

In Iteration One, we simply drew upon Will Allen’s Greenhouse Model for
Tilapia. This quickly proved itself inadequate, primarily because of the
issue of lights. Grow lights of the kind used in Will’s greenhouse did not
come close to supporting healthy plants, and thereby sufficient colonies
of beneficial bacteria.

Iteration Two is currently being tested. This model dramatically improved
upon the lighting and made a less than perfect effort to augment the
filtration of the water, to allow for more vigorous fish, thereby eating,
thereby providing nutrients for the plants. This model was also upgraded
through the use of compost teas, to provide for nutrients like iron, phosphorous,
potassium, and calcium for fruiting plants like tomatoes and peppers.
The productivity of this iteration greatly exceeded model one, and will further
be improved upon with the help of a new clarifier with the help of Dr. Charlie Price.
I do not anticipate very robust returns on our investment in this model, even if
we develop the world’s finest aquaponic bio-filtration design. This is because of
the issue of lighting and the issue of surface area available for plants.

Iteration Three. This is our outside model in the green houses under construction.
The narrow proof of concept has a good chance of arriving for these systems in
the 12 months following their expected rolling out sometime in the middle months of
2011. The power of the sun for plant growth is dramatically more than that provided
by any kind of artificial lights. And our incorporation of vertical pots, 4 plants to a pot, stacked 7 pots high on a hollow tube that allows the nutrient rich water to filter through the roof structures, will increase greatly increase plant yield, given that 28 plants will now reside where our current system now hold 4 or 8.

Iteration Four. I think this will basically duplicate model three, with the difference that it will be a green house on top of the roof. More to come on this, the subject of a $500,000 NSF grant proposal by Prof. Matt Trussoni of Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Start Up Theory

Here’s a radio interview that captures some of my concepts

And here is a platform I store some of the Sweet Water Developments I’m closest to.

“Start Up Theories.”

Asset Based Sequential Community and Economic Development

The Sweet Water Founders believed that harnessing the resources available to them
in pursuit of a vision that was “in the grain” of the needs of the time, they would set in motion an “auto-catalytic” or sustainable process that would bring new partners with new resource sets, who would bring yet more partners with yet more resources, in a “virtuous cycle” of evolution and growth.

Here were some of the initial resources brought to the project:

fish tanks waiting for transformation from their original use as a rail road car bed

bothering any neighbors(rail road tracks and lightly used factories nearby

able to bring forth during the first 6 months

projects, e.g. Growing Power, Great Lakes Water Institute, Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Network, Urban Ecology Center, UW-Extension, the Victory Garden Initiative, Walnut
Way, Alice’s Garden, Future Green, and more

Lindner/Community projects during the previous 5 plus years

internet platforms available not just to attract local but also national and international

The core theory was that Sweet Water Organics could make a sufficient mark with its
start-up team as to attract new sources of capital: green dollars, social, cultural, and spiritual capital that would launch the good ship Sweet Water for fruitful projects over the years and throughout Milwaukee and beyond

Two. Multiple Bottom Lines and Income Streams

The Sweet Water “proof of concept” for the sustainability of the world’s first fish vegetable farm in a re-purposed factory building involved different points of view. Some of the expanding circle of partners believed that there would be sufficient revenues from the sale of tilapia, perch, and the produce they nourished to validate the system and inspire replications large and small.

Others viewed Sweet Water Organics as a necessary research and development project with too many unknowns to expect quick green money bottom line performance. Sweet Water was seen as a science lab, a multifaceted 21st century school “without walls,” an eco-business incubator, an emerging community center, and possibly a model for urban infill development with a “Sweet Water Village” potential.

This group proposed a focus on multiple bottom lines, e.g. ecology and equity, as well as multiple-income streams, e.g. fish and produce sales, but also compost, worms, worm castings, small plot intensive garden structures, workshops, tours, urban agriculture and aquaponics installations.

Some also advocated a hybrid business model for Sweet Water Organics that would involve the establishment of a non-profit, i.e. the Sweet Water Foundation, to harvest the hard won information derived from “Organics’” research and development, and incorporate it into education and inspiration for schools and community. Sweet Water Organics would “profit” from the good will and expanding web of competent and committed partners in the urban agriculture/aquaonics ®Evolution!

Sweet Water Foundation Flickr Photo Stream and Pay Pal Link

About 150 wondrous pictures of our children learning great new things!

To Pay Pal:

Miniature “Generations”

Sweet Water Foundation

Sweet Water Mondragon Like Co-ops

SweetWater “Theory” January 2, 2011

Yo Alece, JD, and our emerging community of aquaponics practice!

Happy New Year!

You and yours are providing a great service with your work and developing places like this for we apprentice aquaponics practitioners to share our discoveries. For me the Sweet Water and Growing Power aquaponics experiments are in the early research and development phase, with Growing Power tilting toward inspiration and motivation, Sweet Water tilting toward science and engineering. The commercial proof of concept in the short run will possibly happen with the large chapel greenhouses which are well away from the building and will get maximum sunshine. The greenhouses closer to the building are not for plants but for fish. We hope to successfully grow plants in vertigrow type towers with 7 pots of 4 plants each. Key challenge in my mind will be insulating the pipes carrying the fish water to the greenhouses. I would love to learn of problems you may have heard about regarding the vertigrow systems. It will be interesting to discover how much heat will be required for these greenhouse systems in Wisconsin winter. Some engineers have shown up at Sweet Water for questions like this, but also to explore establishing rooftop greenhouses that would provide the plant space, the insufficient quantity you correctly express concern about.

Aquaponics in giant old factory buildings is as much a science lab, classroom, eco-tourist destination, locus for hope and inspiration, and a place to bring together the many kinds of skill sets to advance the democratization of aquaponics through miniaturization. The democratization of aquaponics, interestingly, may be the strictly commercial proof of concept for aquaponics in big old factories. They will serve both as the “showroom” for the smaller systems, but also the place for design and fabrication.

Sweet Water is a triple bottom line, multiple income streamed, social business experiment.

In the same way that the civic minded have supported museums and inspiring homes of worship for faith communities, I intuit the energies available in each and every major Great Lakes Heartland and seaboard industrial city to find at least one Sweet Water to bring together our good food ®Evolution, improve each “generation” of large system experiments, and, perhaps, most importantly, refine and accelerate the miniaturization experiments. Every school deserves an aquapaponics miniature. Sweet Water gathering places should be designed to inspire and support aquaponics experiments at faith communities, elder care homes, some pubs and restaurants, hopefully every square city block. What more earth friendly way is there to provide tasty protein sources and fresh greens for the people, but, more importantly BY we people!

Every city deserves Sweet Water!

Grateful for your outstanding services,


Sweet Water “Fields” of Rich Possibility

8,000 Fish Aquaponics Systems for Lease

Dear Naomi, Royce, and Mell,

We are brainstorming a couple of initiatives at Sweet Water that might prove very important in the diffusion of urban ag/aquaponics methodologies.

Net Enhanced Commercial Scale Sequencing Through Leased 8,000 Fish Systems

We hope to lease 4 of our 10,000 gallon aquaponic systems to educational, business, or spiritual groups, provide training in their use, support for their tending, sharing of the fish and veggie harvest but, probably much more important, taking advantage of an IBM Smart Cities grant to set up collaborative platforms such that the leasing group can be virtually at the site with as many researchers, students, scientists as they wish.

So as the fish are being sampled and weighed to determine proper feeding quantities; as water chemistry is measured; as different varieties of plants are tested for growth rates and volume; as bacteria colonies are explored: the applied science of aquaponics is made readily available to classrooms and board rooms wherever!

Before investing $300,000 to $1,000,000 in a commercial sized aquaponics system groups can test the waters by leasing Sweet Water systems and be brought into research communication with the emerging planetary aquaponics communities of practice.

Aquaponics Miniature Showrooms and Tending Support

We are also brainstorming the introduction of a Tulip Building Showroom for aquaponics miniatures from the Australian, Caribbean, Hawaiian, and European “approaches.” We hope to accelerate the introduction of aquaponics miniatures in 10% of our nation’s school, both for their inspiring impact on STEM learning as well as the sensibility and tasty food they would offer. This showroom could provide a testing ground for various approaches. It will also support the translation of many fine Milwaukee/Chicago area tech artisans into aquaponic system installers and support tenders.

Eco Tourism and Agrarian Urbanism In-Fill Development

Finally, we have been pleasantly astonished when busloads of 50 elders all over 70 arrive from Minnesota and are happy to pay $10 or $15 for an hour tour of our amazing facility. And a number
of developers are showing up imagining enough impact on their challenged neighborhoods adjacent downtowns a Sweet Water type “re-purposed factory of food and hope” would have, in terms of bringing pioneering urban agrarians to live and work and share these discoveries with their new neighbors combining to blossom food desert communities.

Sweet soil and sweet water projects provide a field of enormous, if not “infinite”(Depok) possibilities!

Here are some projects for consideration by Sweet Water “enterprise centers” or Sweet Water “rep teams”


Eco Tourism, Bed & Breakfasts, Urban Agriculture/Aquaponics In Milwaukee

Dear All,

There is a pretty good chance that IBM will be awarding Milwaukee a $500,000
“in-kind” grant award as one of 30 “Smart Cities” on the planet by virtue of our
urban agriculture and aquaponics innovations and our readiness to share those
with a world possibly on the edge of the bursting of the industrial, oil-based
agriculture “food bubble.”

IBM Collaborative Platforms Connect Eco-Tourists With Milwaukee

IBM’s professionals and edge of history internet technologies could provide
us with the means of thick presentations of learning/entertaining destinations
for some of the 30 million people who live a day’s drive from Milwaukee.

West Side Eco and Historic Building Destinations and B & B’s

Sweet Water is now a member of the Visit Milwaukee web, which brought us
two busloads with 50 Minnesota seniors happy to pay $8 to $15 for an hour
tours, which left them quite literally enthralled.

They would also be delighted to visit some of the West Side possible sites:

demonstration site

[Your home, school, senior center, faith community could also become an
aquaponics demonstration site:]

and more!

Anyone up for brainstorming this?


Developing Sweet Water Workshops for Your City

I am deeply honored and very happy to do my best to offer what I’ve learned about the puzzle of large aquaponics experiments in re-purposed buildings and industrial grounds.

I think Sweet Water’s most cost effective workshop for your city would be a series of on-line conversations and some skype conferencing.

Much of my support can come from on-line exchanges and introductions. If I have not already offered these sites for your teams’ considerations, I think they are a must read, the first an on-line community of aquaponics gardeners, the second a site for advancing aquaponics enterprise.

Re the first site, please let Sylvia Bernstein, destined to become a star in aquaponics, know I sent you:

I also encourage you to take your time and wade through some of my

 “Sweet Water Concept Notes.”

These concept notes are dense and might be sent around in small bites to participants.

Then some on-line questions and answers I can forward to our various teams.

It takes

Multiple Intelligences

and time to reach a proper

Aquaponics Balance of fish, water, bacteria, plants, air, light, energy, and hardware

Rome wasn’t built in a day!


Visions of Sweet Water Chicago, Dec. 2010

From: James Godsil <>
Date: Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 6:50 AM
Subject: A Sweet Water Press Release for Chicago


Sweet Water Organics and the Sweet Water Foundation have announced their intention of
co-creating Sweet Water Two in the City of Chicago. Milwaukee’s Sweet Water One has
recently introduced the nation, and even the world, to the possibilities of aquaponics farming in historic industrial buildings and their adjacent properties. Here is a link to NBC, NPR, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times coverage of their aquaponics fish vegetable farm growing perch and produce for local markets.

Chicago Partners First Focus: Sweet Water Miniature Showrooms in East Garfield Neighborhood

Sweet Water Organics has partnered with a wide range of institutions, engineers, biologists, aquatic scientists, artisans, mechanics, artists, and entrepreneurs to create the world’s first commercial scale aquaponic system, now home to 70,000 perch and tilapia and thousands of lettuce, basil, chard, water cress, and other plants being enjoyed fresh daily by Milwaukee restaurant patrons. In collaboration with the Sweet Water Foundation and Dr. Charlie Price’s Aquaponics UK, Sweet Water has developed a series of Sweet Water Miniatures for installation in schools, small and large urban agriculture enterprises, and museums. The Smithsonian and Shedd are in conversation about partnerships not only to provide hands on learning experience for young and old, but also to support the democratization urban agriculture, starting with a vision of equipping 10% of Chicago and Milwaukee schools with aquaponic minatures by the year 2020. The diffusion of these small systems will accelerate the acquisitions of skill sets necessary for major
commercial up-scaling of aquaponics in the urban centers of America and the world beyond.

East Garfield Urban Agriculture and Aquaponic Demonstration Sites for Home, School, and Main Street Business

Two Chicago entrepreneurs may provide the start-up capital and the sites for the introduction of Sweet Water to the Chicago market. Sweet Water Chicago will begin with miniatures in a number of East Garfield properties, prices ranging from $1,500, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, $25,000, and $50,000. These aquaponic project sites will provide hands-on urban agriculture experience for Chicago citizens young and old, starting with aquaponics, and including composting, vermiculture, raised bed gardening, compost tea development, and multi-media information collection, storage, and distribution to diffuse the innovations beyond the immediate area into the city and region beyond.

The East Garfield initiative will be supported by the Milwaukee Sweet Water teams, which include the Great Lakes Water Institute, the School of Fresh Water Sciences, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University, the Milwaukee Water Council, and a number of Milwaukee’s thriving pathfinders in urban agriculture methodologies. Phase Two of the Sweet Water Chicago initiative will be to upscale to a commercial replication of Milwaukee’s Sweet Water Organics in one or more of Chicago’s classic factories from the industrial era.

Emmanuel Pratt, executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation, will be connecting the Sweet Water East Garfield demonstration sites with Chicago partners, which include:

The Sweet Water Foundation and the Chicago enterprise teams may jump start the Sweet Water Chicago developments in a collaboration with Kennedy King College and Chicago State University at the Masonic Temple site across the street from Kennedy King College’s culinary and multi media facilities, adjacent to their proposed urban farm demonstration model.

The Sweet Water Garfield Eco Tourist and STEM Training Destination

The Chicago Sweet Water alliance will work with the Visitors Bureau and various Chicago area school systems to transform the work sites into science labs and tourist destinations while the project is in development. In collaboration with students from Kennedy King a documentary film and learning modules will be developed and distributed, possibly in concert with Sweet Water Milwaukee’s collaboration with IBM’s Smart Cities Smart Planet initiative. The Sweet Water Milwaukee site just yesterday astonished 50 tour organizers from Minnesota, each of whom paid $8 each for an hour tour and were eager to spread the good word about the stunning beauty of this 21st century earth friendly industry ready to burst forth in the civic culture of Chicago.

Crafting the Deal to Roll Out the Sweet Water Chicago Initiative

Dr. Charlie Price will be working with the Sweet Water team to produce a Sweet Water Miniature Manuel ready for sharing by the beginning of 2011. “The Sweet Water Aquaponics Book” will present the miniatures that will be developed at the
East Garfield sites. Sweet Water aquaponics design teams will survey the possible sites to introduce the first showroom in December as well. Construction of the first miniatures and their supporting show rooms will begin in January. By April 1 it is expected that 4 models will have been created, prices ranging from $1,500 to $10,000. Over the course of the summer the $25,000 and $50,000 models will be developed.

Good deal! You should come visit Sweet Water! Know that
we hope to help you learn as much on your own as possible
and supplement that with some workshops and on-line, phone,
etc. consulting. Send me a bit of your story! It’s very important for
you to assemble a team if you are thinking commercial scale.
If you are thinking family food supplement or additional income
stream, we are soon to be introducing Sweet Water Miniatures.

Tunisian Revolution’s Germinating “Aquapons”

Planetary Aquaponics Network for Economic Democratization

When Will We Meet in Tunis?
Aquaponics waters for life make humanity one!

The Tunisian Revolution, all of our ®Evolutions,
are perpetual.

And their beauty needs substance.

Say fresh fish and greens from
One World Aquaponics Miniatures

Planetary aquapons, one world aquaponics, available for
Mighty on-line collaborations with the one world ®Evolutionaries,
For starters, then, God willing, real world work celebrate gatherings.

In downtown Tunis, along side the
orange and carrot juice stands.

Aquaponics for a Global ®Evolution!

®Evolutions take 7 generations to fully blossom
proceeding in mindful balance, like aquaponics!

I am very happy and pleased to do everything I can to help you and yours
co-create with the “aquapons of Mother Earth”…

Sweet Cities

Sweet Cities have
Sweet Waters.
Sweet Soil.
Sweet Air.

Sweet Younges.
Sweet Oldes.

Sweet Cities,


Neighborhood and Community Aquaponic Projects

It’s time!

Might you wish to visit Sweet Water?

I would offer you room and board at my very modest worker house
w/in easy reach of Sweet Water.

I would organize a Sweet Water experience to provide you with
some ideas as to the best manner of developing an aquaponic
system tailored to compliment your context and resources,
human and material and financial.

I hope to be a doorway to a world where thousands of us commit
to experimenting with aquaponics systems large and small and
diffuse the innovations to every city of the world asap.

Apprentice Urban Farmer Elder Training and Development

One of my most persistent visions has our community of practice inspiring
boomers rattling around in houses appropriate for the days when they had
children and spouses to share the space with but not quite often find themselves
along with an extra 2 or 3 bedrooms and other rooms that are really not in
use. I am imagining an aquaponic miniature in what used to be a “living room.”
(Make it really alive!)

I imagine front and back yard fruit and produce gardens of beauty, and the
extra couple of rooms in my place for people coming through to learn about
urban agriculture and aquaponics.

Dare I Dream of 3 Generation Households and “Urban Ag/Aqua Project Homes?”


P.S. If you can recruit some friends to do some on-line work with me eye on the
prize of establishing contact with one aquaponic go to person in each and every
city of the USA for starters. Or, one “apprentice urban farmer elder” who would
consider doing in their over sized house what I am doing in mine!

Concepts Inspired by Winter Workshop One

Aquaponics TV Will Accelerate Planetary Artisinal Fish Farming

Nice story about Tim O’Shea of Clean Fish Inc underscores need to accelerate the creation of Aquaponics T.V., starting with artful, thoughtful compilation of the
best you tube shows out there now, and incremental refinement of the product from every region of the world asap.

I’m also hoping that you and yours will join in some brainstorming to advance the artisinal practice of fish farming. Send an e-mail to if interested.

Aquaponics TV

We will probably begin with the help of a $500,000 IBM Smart Cities grant to the City of Milwaukee to develop collaborative platforms for urban agriculture and aquaponics. I am hoping to gather people from across the planet to harvest that grant money to hasten the day when we can share excellent stories through videography for entertainment and education in our schools and homes.

The recent Sweet Water Workshop One on the Internationalization, Democratization, and Upscaling of Aquaponics brought together people representing the major schools, e.g. Australian, Virgin Islands, and European.

We have you tube to begin with, an armies of media students and professionals ready to pitch in.

My vision finds us:

join in brainstorming but also to do some of the “field work” like

co-creators or interactive consumers of the fledgling offerings, originally
artful presentations of existing materials

to be continued…

I hope you might consider joining in program development for these areas
as well:

Summer Healing Camps at Aquaponics Centers Like Sweet Water, especially for Autistics and ADHD

STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Performance Demonstrations at Aquaponics Projects

Aquaponics System Time Share Competition(friendly) with 4 of Sweet Water’s 10,000 gallon systems

Miniature Installations in 5% of world’s schools by 2020

Miniatures for Arid regions, aquaponics collaborative programs real time streamed from Saudi and other arid nations

Miniatures for Rain forest regions, starting in the Congo to help save the Bonobos and i Willie Smits “agroforestry projects”(see TED) in Indonesia

Organic engineering systems

Social Business collaborations

Sweet Soil Collaborations

What say?

Why not?


Sweet Water Winter Camps

We will offer these to provide people with exposure and experience in this new growing technology. Let me know if you’d like to sign up! Campers might help us develop these programs:

Sweet Water Winter Workshop, Jan. 21–23 Hopes to Mainstream Aquaponics

We’ve put together our first Winter Workshop for this Jan. 21–23,
discussed in broad strokes at the web site:

My personal version of the events are in the next story on this platform.

I’m organizing this round up session around the theme:

Sweet Water One World Partnerships

The keynote speakers for this event will be those who give voice
in the lovely antique “piano chairs” we assemble in the round…
like, hopefully, you!

If the $250 price for the entire workshop plus some food and drink is
too steep, or if you would want to tailor your attendance to fit your
time frame, interest, and budget, there are prices for each event,
with the $30 Sunday fee able to be nuanced as follows:

$10 morning session
$10 noon tour
$10 afternoon session
Free: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sweet Water Winter Workshop One Draft Outline

Upscale, Democratize, and Internationalize Aquaponics

This January 21–23 Sweet Water, i.e. Sweet Water Organics and the Sweet Water Foundation, will offer Winter Workshop One.

Here’s the bare bones outline with more to come.

Friday:Moving Aquaponics to Commercial Scale

Saturday:Democratizing Aquaponics and Hands-on Miniature Workshops

Sunday:The Sweet Water Foundation, One World Aquaponics Initiative, Soap Box
Moments and Presenting Tables for Conference Attendees

Key to this event is:


introducing Sylvia Bernstein, President and Founder of The Aquaponics Source, organizer of, writer for the Aquaponic Gardening Blog, Backyard Aquaponics and Urban Garden magazines, Growing Edge and Bodies in Space ezines. I teach and speak extensively on aquaponics and am currently writing a book on home aquaponic gardening for New Society Press.

Jump into Sylvia’s planetary conversation at

More details to come, send an e-mail to if interested.

Net Enhanced Marriage of Social Business Hybrids and Agrarian Urbanism

Net Enhanced Collaborations re New Agriculture New Social Enterprise
Methodologies, i.e. Social Business Hybrids

Social Business Hybrids mix for profits with non-profits, co-ops with sole proprietorship, big business with small business, social sector institutions with ad hoc project teams. As varied as the riotous life of rain forests! Boundaries between organizations are more permeable and some of the relationships can be world wide and very fluid while others are deeply rooted and densely enmeshed.

Here are some concepts that structure my approach to social business hyybrids like Sweet Water, which now includes “Organics,” i.e. the farm, the Foundation, i.e. the academy, and my experiment aimed to spark self-managed enterprise or “profit centers,” within or in close
relationships with Organics and the Foundation.

Sweet Water Social Business Hybrid Organizing concepts

Open source
Free culture
Net enhanced
Project based
Self reliance through community
“Commons” inclined

Chaordic, i.e. aiming for harmony within chaos and order, competition and cooperation

Sharing Milwaukee’s IBM Smart Cities Grant

Milwaukee’s Growing Power and Sweet Water are centerpieces of Milwaukee’s IBM Smart Cities grant application, which would provide methinks $500,000 worth of IBM “software” support for advancing urban agriculture.

I would like some of these funds to go toward the marriage of social business hybrid experiments with urban agriculture/aquaponics experiments.

And I hope it makes sense for you and your partners to join in!



P.S. Here is a link to something I wrote 10 years ago or so, that was expressing
ideas I’ve held for 40 years about the superior output possibilities of:

Small Is Beautiful Economic Enterprise

Mondgragon Worker Owned Co-ops

Toward a Self Managed Industrial Sector of the United States

In 1974 I helped Launch the Community Roofing Collective in hopes of creating a “worker-owned” company. Hierarchy and capitalist exploitation of labor would be minimized as the workers would be the owners, controlling what they made, how they made it, and how the profits were distributed. The best model for this vision was developed by a Yugoslavian-born economist named Jaraslov Vanek in a work entitled, “Toward a Self-Managed Industrial Sector in the U.S. A.” Vanek called for “support corporations” designed to create and provide services for “satellite firms” of self-managed worker-owners. These semi-autonomous work units would give rise to more attentive, ambitious, and cooperative work relationships, minimizing the ancient conflict of “labor” versus “capital,” contributing to the humanization of the workplace, and freeing labor from alienating work.

About a year later I became president of Community Roofing, Inc., a business entity in essence aiming to simply provide employees with a decent wage for an honest days work and clients with repairs and new roofs that worked. I had discovered that many of those concerned about “worker exploitation” were not sufficiently committed to the very hard, dirty, and dangerous work of roofing. Additionally, those who had the right stuff to actually do the work, were not very interested in spending time with business or ideological issues. As president of a small corporation I had one hell of a time learning how to actually do business, recruit and retain good help, develop repair and restoration techniques that were cost-effective and guaranteeable, deal with insurance companies, the government, occasional clients who were either crazy or crooks, etc., etc. The “red roofer” was hard pressed to simply keep the business sound, much less contribute toward a radically reformed work-place as envisioned by Vanek and other proponents of self-managed, worker-owned companies.

Twenty-five years later, this “broken-roofer” is revisiting Vanek and the concept of worker-ownership. No longer physically up to the challenge of roofing work myself, I now must make my living by helping create an effective organization. Notions of self-managed work units make the most sense in this context. In my next installment, I’ll explain why.

Write a Chapter for The Milwaukee Farm Book

I hope to inspire Sylvia Bernstein’s to advance “The Milwaukee Farm Book,”
in hard copy and on-line.

She founded Aquaponics Gardening, is publishing a book on the same this Fall,
and is coming to Milwaukee to introduce her and her expansive, planetary teams’
projects to us, and present at the Sunday session, July 23(more on that to come).

And, hopefully, be won to the vision of mighty collaborations with her publishing
partners so our work can be shared.

I’m hoping we can come up with some pretty good material to show her and her team,
with this as my vote for an organizing theme.

Designing Resilient Urban Farm Enterprise

But there may be a better approach awaiting discovery.

If you would want, you each have a chapter for this book.

I would like to work with you to advance your chapter
and invite a circle of your partners to help you “write your book!”

What say?

Why not?


Healing Homes, Healing Factories

With sweet soil,
And sweet water,
Our homes can become

Healing Homes.

Our empty factories

Healing Factories.

Our lovely challenged parks,
Healing parks.

Our glorious Soldiers Home:


Sustainable Fish Food From Land Crops?

Government of Alberta Canada Bankrolling Aquaponics Initiatives

Grace Lee Boggs Newsletter Features Story on “Naming Sweet Water”

The Sweet Water Seas

Why not gather our lost tribes, from America, but also beyond,
to gather in Milwaukee and other sacred sites,
and combine to make our waters sweet again, to once again
fish sweet waters and grow fresh plants as our ancestors did,
naturally, in work moments ennobling and awakening great spirit.

Why not make the secular sacred?

Why not learn from the elders of our First Nations,
And the wise elders of all nations,
How to cooperate with Mother Nature and Father Sky?

And draw upon the resources now at hand…the fine buildings,
the brilliant technologies, old and new, the winter homes now vacant,
the fish tanks, the bio-filters and clarifiers, the myriad tools
and edge of history technologies awaiting re-use.

Why not combine our lessons learned from hard-won experience,
our shared knowledge of aquatic and horticulture science, our aquaponics discoveries…

Why not draw upon the countless communities of mindful practice in

Who are knocking on our doors eager to join in!

And, with the internet and easy travel, can be our partners!

in sweet soil and plant development, including vermiculture and permaculture
theory and practice

for room and board and study/learning time and occasions

including “net enhanced” small scale aquaponics and organic farming

I hope you and yours will swap visions with me and mine!

And that we take the first 10,000 steps toward 10 billions, all pleasing
To Mother Nature and the Great Spirit.


Multiple Values From $500 Worth of Arugula, Spinach, and Raspberries

I wonder what the value is of inspiring and mentoring someone with modest resources

Grandma and/or Grandpa

food of little nutritional value

Multiple bottom lines

Multiple value streams


I wonder what the value is of inspiring and mentoring someone with modest resources

Grandma and/or Grandpa

food of little nutritional value

Multiple bottom lines

Multiple value streams


Intensive Sweet Water Private Tours & Consultation

With a budget from $500 to $1,000, I am confident that I can win you enough attention from our staff pertaining to horticultural, water chemistry, business design, strategic marketing and communications, information property and harvesting, tour and workshop crafting, business plan development, information architecture, mechanical systems functioning, organic engineering systems, urban agriculture architecture, social and hybrid business modeling, internet and media promotions, and so on.

Let me know if you would like to firm up your

Tailored Tour

And I am happy to refine it with you and initiate some on-line conversations with some of those you’ll be meeting.

Community Colleges Embrace Aquaponics & Urban Agriculture

Community Colleges Can Help Substitute For The Good Old Factory Jobs

Last night Tom Brokow told nation that the key investment for addressing
the deep “structural” challenges of our economy would be in our urban community colleges, which, he said, are going to get much more funds and attention as a location for technical skill sets for the 21st century economy, much as the factories of yesteryear were the path from rural poverty and destitution.

Sweet Water has been in conversation with Kennedy King Community College, Chicago State University, and now the mayor’s office of Chicago, which hopes to give the Sweet Water Foundation the Masonic Temple across the street from Kennedy King’s incredible culinary and multi-media facilities, and adjacent to a very large site they hope to get our help developing into a 4 season aquaponic green house.

Help Citizens Make Miracles of Loaves, Fishes, and Productive Habitats

The web of partnerships available for crafting between Chicago and Milwaukee resourced teams could go quite a way toward realizing Dr. Watson’s dream of CSU and KKCC become renowned urban agriculture centers. Young and life long students at such an accessible campus could acquire:

Transforming a Historic Masonic Temple Into an Eco-Tourist Destination and Urban Aquaponics National Nerve Center

Emmanuel Pratt, executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation and dissertator from Columbia College, has pulled together a national network that just might be able to pull this off, with a little bit of help from his and Sweet Water’s friends, which may soon include IBM’s Smart City support teams.

Let me know if you or any of your team would like to become part of this phantasmagorical
story. Sweet Water adventures to date have disciplined that part of me that says “this is way to utopian” to back off and allow that part of me that says “Why not?” along with the spirit of Bobby Kennedy, may he rest in peace.

What say?

Why not?


Seek Correspondence With Aquaponics “Creatives” and “Wisdom Workers”

Aquaponics Going Mainstream!

It looks now like aquaponics is going main stream, and quite possibly in a dramatic way if our dreams about collaborations with a number of Chicago, Cleveland, St. Louis, Detroit, and Minneapolispeople and institutions manifest.

Aquaponics “Creatives” and “Wisdom Workers” are needed to respond to requests made of Sweet Water to help people develop aquaponic projects, large and small, in schools, store front enterprises, community centers, spiritual centers,and commercial scale social businesses in abandoned factories, Masonic temples, YMCA facilities, and more, throughout the Great Lakes Heartland and Seaboard old industrial cities.

We cannot possibly help all of the people seeking help and would like to do our
best to develop a team of aquaponics mentors, installers, maintenance and tech supporters, horticulralists, water and fish scientists, mechanics, and more.

Looking forward to 34.5 years of mighty collaborations, on up through my 100th birthday party!


Sweet Water To Help Launch Start-up Aquaponics Companies

I have been obsessed with earn while you learn concepts my whole life.
As I have also been obsessed with not building a large firm of employees
but an expanding web of interconnected custom shops of closely managed
small enterprises, similar to how Community Roofing & Restoration has evolved
with a web of custom artisinal shops, including historic home roofers, copper smiths, rough and architectural carpenters, masons, painters, and more.

Buy a Sweet Water Miniature, Turn It Into a Social Business

So Community played an enormous role in launching a number of small restoration enterprises and providing various kinds of business support services that sustained them over the years. And many of these “self-managed firms,” have in turn have matured and now are very important Community “assets.”

In the same way I would like to explore developing a contract with some of the
people who buy our miniatures. It would structure not only the purchase of
the aquaponic system, but also the support resources and personnel
that would be necessary to gradually amp up their first start-up miniature into
a start-up business, connected not just with Sweet Water resources but also the resources of the web of start-up aquaponic firms. We would be providing not just aquaponic expertise, but also small business support. Some of my high school mates at St. Louis U. High are thinking about buying our school or a sister school a Sweet Water Miniature. I would also like to offer them the opportunity to buy into a small business we would help them launch.

We would charge for a menu of support services according to formula we develop with our various experts and expanding web of partners.

Sweet Water One Hundred Aquaponics Jobs Initiative: A 21st Century Green Project of:

Sweet Water Organics

Sweet Water Foundation

Sweet Water, i.e. The Farm and The Academy

Retiring Boomers Equip Their High Schools with Sweet Water Miniatures

IBM May Soon Advance The Concept “Smart Cities Feed Themselves”

Some of my friends from St. Louis U. High are gearing up to develop a
Sweet Water Miniature at some local high schools with challenged
children, families, and neighborhoods. Would you like an introduction?
I was hoping to inspire some friendly competition among St. Louis boomers
from different schools, starting with SLUH, U. City, Priory, John Bourroughs,
Chaminade, and Ladue. Parnering with Vashon, Sumner, Hadley Tech, and
so forth could accelerate lots of good things!

IBM met with us yesterday to explore collaborating to advance the concept

Smart Cities Feed Themselves

The Smithsonian, Shedd Aquarium, Mayor’s offices of Chicago,
Boston, Kansas City, and are tip toeing in our direction. A number
of universities environmental and sustainability departments as well.
Today we are finishing a Sweet Water Miniature at the First Lady’s
alma mater, Whitney Young H.S. in Chicago.

With Will Allen’s Growing Power and Sweet Water, Milwaukee has
become something of a hub of the grow local movement.

From Rustbelt to Arugula Cities!

Sweet Water is an applied science lab harvesting and marketing
urban agriculture/aquaponics information and technologies.

It’s a guild school and a university, developing training programs,
with the help of the Sweet Water Foundation and lots of partners
in the educational circles of Milwaukee and beyond.

Sweet Water is an aquaponic fish and produce experimental farm,
selling gloriously fresh and sweet fish and produce to local markets.

And it’s a center for imagination and inspiration, drawing eco-tourists
from all over the planet into a factory building once cold, dark, and ugly,
now warm, aromatic, bright, and stunningly beautiful.

If you’ve followed me to this point, and want to dig deeper, there are
hundreds of pages chronicling this at:


and about 5,000 pretty well disorganoized and uneven
pictures of many steps along the way at:

Once No Pencils, Books, Computers, Aquaponics Systems

No Alphabet No Pencils

There was a time when schools had no alphabet;
then no paper, no pencils; then no books.

But then the alphabet, paper, pencils,
and the books arrived. Learning advanced.

And there was a time when schools had no social workers,
no computers. But they came as well. Learning advanced.

Now is a time when schools have no aquaponic systems,
to inspire deeper interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.

No aquaponic systems to inspire the notion that “I can grow my own food!”
And the food that I grow, even vegetables, tastes…fantastic!

But then the aquaponic systems arrived, little by little, greatly accelerated
by hands-on exhibits at the nation’s top museums, starting with the Smithsonian.

And aquaponics as a birthright training experience became a meme,
then a desiderata. Learning, and health, advanced.

Tilapia Cleaning Potluck Party Thursday Night, Dec. 2, 2010

Dear All,

If you would wish to join me at my house tomorrow night for a Tilapia Cleaning
Potluck party send an e-mail to You can take home some
sweet tilapia according to Little Red Hen principals if you bring a fillet knife
and thin rubber gloves. You must be capable of eating a 5 to 10 inch fish that
has bones in it if you take any fish home with you.



Europe’s Top Aquaponics Applied Scientist to Sweet Water for Collaborations/Workshops(?)

Dr. Charlie Price of Stirling University and Aquaponics UK has, with Jamie Oliver’s involvement, set up FARM Shop in London,

a hub for urban agriculture, demonstrating aquaponics in the front room, as well as mushrooms in the basement, chickens on the roof, and a polytunnel cafe/cinema in the garden… with offices and meetings rooms on the first and second floor… anyway its a bit of fun, but we’re hoping to connect up a number of FARM:shops with a cetralized commercial hub, and then from the FARM:shops have a number of outreach growers, growing in their homes, greenhouses and gardens…

Charlie Price Sweet Water December(?) and January Workshops: January 8 and January 15

Charlie will be coming to Sweet Water in the middle of December. We might organize a workshop with him and the Sweet Water team presenting if enough people express interest.

Aquaponics UK/Sweet Water “Aquaponic Miniatures” for Top Museums Then 5% of Nation’s Schools by 2020

We are in conversation with some of the nation’s top museums to develop miniatures that would translate the discoveries of the Sweet Water “mainframe*” into “Apples”:

Sweet Water/Aquaponics UK One World “Apples”: small, efficient, accessible

I’m wondering if Steve Jobs and the Apple enterprise might consider teaming up with these experiments in “organic engineering systems” and “urban agriculture architecture.” Apple computer supported monitoring of larger aquaponic systems elements would greatly reduce the risks. The Apple company’s blessing of a Sweet Water/Aquaponics UK One World “Apples” might accelerate the vision of 5% of our nation’s schools with aquaponics miniatures by 2020. The STEM disciplines, i.e. science, technology, engineering, and math, and our children’s physical and emotional health would be substantially advanced with this kind of collaboration.

Anybody know anybody who can bring Steve to the aquaponics fish veggie farm in Milwaukee? And Growing Power too!

Aquaponics Apples some day
would surely keep far away
earth fouling urban decay,


Besides the Sweet Water website, consider sending your millennial friends and family members links
to some of the more outrageous aquaponics visions at: and

Inspire Apple Computers To Collaborate in Sweet Water “Apples”

We are hoping to connect the Smithsonian’s possible aquaponic miniature
collaboration with Sweet Water with the following other partners:

Sweet Water is the “mainframe” that has built capacity and inspired interest
in the democratization of aquaponics.

Sweet Water miniatures, which, like the Apple computer, would be small, efficient,
and accessible, fulfilling food needs with a 21st century earth friendly industry.

Sweet Water “Apples” In 5 Per Cent of the Nation’s Schools by 2020

Might you have anyone who can connect Steve Jobs with this vision?



Inspire The Great Museums of Our Cities to Develop Aquaponic “Apples” for STEM Pedagogy

Sweet Water “Apples” and Smithsonian Shedd Aquarium Boston S.F. D.C. New Orleans and More

We would make giant strides toward “new realities” were 5% of our nation’s schools
graced with Aquaponic “Apples” by 2020. Were our nation’s great museums to establish hands-on
aquaponic exhibits, like the Smithsonian is contemplating, this technological innovation would
spread more quickly to our nation’s schools.

Steve Jobs and Sweet Water Collaborations: Sweet Water Apples

I would like to connect Steve Jobs with this vision. Sweet Water Organics is the mainframe, building capacity and inspiring 10 million steps toward the development of

Sweet Water Apples: small, efficient, accessible

Would it not be almost literally divine to find the nation’s top cities’ museums of a variety
eye on the prize of introducing their citizens to a source of self-reliance, food security, and advancing compelling STEM discipline pedagogy in the schools(science, technology, engineering, and math)?

Looking forward to mighty collaborations!


P.S. Anyone have contacts with Steve Jobs or other Apple managers?

Aquaponics Exhibits In Nation’s Top Museums Democratize Food Self-Reliance

What an honor and a blessing to introduce you, eye on the prize of aquaponics
exhibitions at our nation’s leading museum, eye on the prize of

Democratizing Aquaponics

Michael Carriere is a Milwaukee School of Engineering(MSOE) professor
of history who has been of immense value in Sweet Water’s advancing
the marriage of engineering and biology, the arts and commerce!

He is prepared to help design and develop an exhibit on the history of

Ilze Berzings is a scientist at the Shedd Aquarium. Steve Madewell
is advancing an aquaponic exhibit at the Smithsonian!

An Aquaponic System in 5% of the Nation’s Schools by 2020!

Sparked by museum grass roots, business, town and gown collaborations.

The “bench strength needed”, e.g. STEM proficient students, for urban
aquaponics would be greatly advanced.

An earth friendly 21st century industry is being born!

Sweet Water Miniature in 5% of the Nation’s Schools by 2010

We are crafting a rather complex hybrid enterprise,
which includes Sweet Water Organics, looking for
another $2,000,000 for its most far reaching Sweet Water
One vision; the Sweet Water Foundation, a non-profit
seeking grants and donors for its educational mission;
and a web of Mondragon-like, “self-managed” firms with Sweet Water,
i.e. the corporation and the foundation, contracting for support

We are also looking for partners to advance Sweet Water Miniatures,
including, perhaps, one developed in a collaboration with the
Smithsonian Institute, Shedd Aquarium, the West Coast’s finest
aquatic museum, Dr. Charlie Price of Aquaponics UK, Matt Ray of
Fernwood Montesory, Sweet Water’s horticulturalist Jesse Hull,
Sweet Water President Josh Fraundorf, the executive director of Sweet Water Foundation, Emmanuel Pratt, and other members of the Sweet Water
team and world wide support network.

A Sweet Water Miniature in 5% of our nation’s schools by 2010!

Tell me more of your story and interest, por favor!

And come visit Sweet Water!

I will be giving a tour today at 4 p.m.($10), this Sunday at
noon($5), just about any day around 4 if a person or group
of 5 or less has $50.

We’re planning our first Winter Workshop Jan. 8 and 15.

Become Sweet Water’s Facebook friend to keep updated!

You can learn quite a lot about what we’re doing and hoping
to do at these sites:

Late Note to NBC Show Callers

Promoting Godsil Sweet Water Tours, Dec. 11 & 18, 10 a.m. to noon

Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you!

Good deal! You should come visit Sweet Water! Know that
we hope to help you learn as much on your own as possible
and supplement that with some workshops and on-line, phone,
and skype consulting. Send me a bit of your story and I will
begin sending you links to advance your personal and community

You may be hearing from some of the Sweet Water creatives,
who may have forms for you to fill out and news about developments
that I don’t know. Sweet Water’s projects are becoming vast!
I can’t keep up with it all!

It’s very important for you to assemble a team if you are thinking
commercial scale. I have some ideas about that to share with you.

I am the co-founder of Sweet Water, playing the role of “net enhanced
aquaponic enterprise co-designer.” I served on the Board of Will Allen’s
Growing Power from 2005 through March of 2010 and have spent the
same amount of time connecting with the world’s top aquaponics
hands-on applied scientists, along with engineers, biologists, and MBA’s
interested in advancing the 21st Century industry I call “Organic Engineering
in Urban Agriculture Architecture.” Aquaponics is Sweet Water’s
focus, but ancillary enterprises include vermiculture, compost, compost teas,
soldier fly larvae, raised bed garden installations and support, worm
bins, and other urban agriculture technologies, instruments, and structures.

We’re marketing a lot more than just fish and produce. Information, training,
and technical support being key. I have been a doctoral candidate in
political economics, a National Science Foundation and Fulbright Fellow,
a hands-on historic home/building roof system restoration contractor since 1975,
and founder of On Line Magazine.

I give tours costing $5 per person every Wed. at 6 p.m. and every Sunday at noon.

I am seeing if it makes sense to offer Saturday tours this Fall and Winter, which
must gross $50 per hour for my time and the Sweet Water facility’s opening.

$10 per person for 2 Hour Saturday Tours with $50 minimum to host show.

I am also going to help organize 4 hour Saturday workshops in January that will include other members of the Sweet Water team. These will be held if enough people
sign up to cover our $1,000 revenue needs.

$!00 if 10 sign up; $50 if 20 sign up; $25 if 40 sign up

We will be developing tailored tours,
workshops, and conversations with aquaponics “creatives”
both in-house and, through the miracle of skype, world wide.

Become our Facebook friend to keep updated!

You can learn quite a lot about what we’re doing and hoping
to do at these sites:

The next item is a standard letter to investor inquiries.

Sweet Water Response to Investor/Replication Inquiries

I am happy to talk with you about Sweet Water.

We are swamped with inquiries since the “Wall Street
Journal,” “New York Times,” “NBC,” and this Wednesday,
National Public Radio.

I can only afford about 15 minutes of phone and/or e-mail
conversation with the upwards of 50 people currently expressing an
interest in investing in or replicating Sweet Water.

Consulting and Workshop Fee Schedule: Fall 2010
(subject to change come Winter)

After that I am going to charge $60 per hour for my time for
non-profits, co-ops, and schools, and anywhere from $120 on up for private investors
in commercial real estate firms.

We have public tours on Sunday at noon and Wednesday
at 6 p.m. for $5 per person.

We have private tours at $50 per hour for l to 5 people,
$10 per hour per person after that.

We are orchestrating “Sweet Water Thousand Dollar Saturdays
and Sundays,” which will find us developing tailored tours,
workshops, and conversations with aquaponics “creatives”
both in-house and, through the miracle of skype, world wide.

Were your group to partner with another group for a total
and bring up to 50 people, the cost would only be $20 per
person. Or, if we joined your group with other groups to
bring the total up to only, say, 25 people, it would be a
$40 experience.

We have spent the past 5 years forging bonds with urban
agriculture and aquaponics leaders on a world wide basis,
a number of whom are part of our “One World Aquaponics”
network, available for consultation to supplement ours.

We are ready to talk about capital investments and Sweet
Water replications, at a commercial scale, as well as
Sweet Water Miniatures for school and small business.


James J. Godsil, co-founder, V.P. SWO
President, Sweet Water Foundation

Aquaponic Enterprise Design and Build Consulting

Tilapia are much easier to raise than perch.
Perch demand “cleaner” water.

Perch are iconic fish in the Great Lakes,
priced at $18 per pound. Tilapia get around $6,

Perch like water around 65 or 70.
Plants like the water around 65 or 70.

Tilapia like water around 85.
Plants don’t like water that warm.

We have access to aquatic sciensts from the
entire world ready to help you explore different
kinds of fish to raise.

Relative to MY anticipated revenue streams,
the cost of heating the water is well worth
the value had by

the “Main Frame,” big, expensive, complex

but also inspiring…

The Democratization of Aquaponics

I personally am not expecting more than 50 to
60 per cent of the revenues to come from the sale
of fish and produce from “The Main Frame.”

Other revenue streams:

Sweet Water is stunning to see and inspiring to experience.
People are showing up, literally, by the scores each month,
wanting to volunteer their labor, which quite often includes that
of sub-employed architects, scientists, engineers, highly skilled
artisans and artists, communications creatives, retiring boomers,
from all over the world.

We are finding it impossible to keep up with the volume of callers
and visitors who want help launching their own aquaponics enterprise,
be it for their school, family business, restaurant, community center,
spiritual community, real estate development, and so forth, again,
from all over the world.

I have written and spoken extensively about diffusing a 21st century
bio-engineering technology, squaponics, i.e. Sweet Water, in North
America and the world entiere! We have invested thousands of high
end labor power eye on the prize of

“Apple-like” Sweet Waters

Aquaponic Enterprise Design and Build Consultant

That is what I make my living at.

Sweet Water Organics, Inc. is my first “product.”

The Sweet Water Foundation is my second.

Mondragon Like Sweet Water Ancillary Enterprises

The third will be a network of Mondragon-like creative enterprises,
developing Sweet Water ancillary goods and services, e.g.

Sweet Water Is Vast

I would imagine there are now upwards of 50 people working full and part time in the Sweet Water “galaxy.”

I am a key elder in the Sweet Water World:

From here on I am expected to charge consulting fees for my conversations
and work with you.

Here is a link to the note that explains my(our) fees:


James J. Godsil, co-founder

Sweet Water Organics
President, Sweet Water Foundation

Aquaponics a Bio-Engineering System That Centers and Soothes Our Children’s Emotions

The New York Times ran a piece today:

Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction

The constant stream of stimuli offered by new technology poses a profound new challenge to focusing and learning.

Here’s my letter to the author:

Dear Matt, I hope you will consider looking into a bio-technology innovation the stream of stimuli from which
eases our young and old learners not into distraction but
perhaps into that state of mind and spirit that may have more
often occurred before “the dreadful happened” and the world “lost its charm.”


The “Wall Street Journal,” “New York Times,” and now Brian Williams NBC Nightly news have applauded the arrival of “high tech” farming in the commercial scale aquaponics systems at Milwaukee’s Sweet Water Organics.

What might be the most profound news here is the compelling combined “cognitive” and “affective” learning that occurs when children spend time at the Sweet Water Foundation, i.e. “The Academy,” learning high tech bio-engineering in
hands on “senses alivened” learning experience. Touching the soil, handling the worms, hearing the water, seeing the fish and plants grow and interact, smelling the rain forest aromas—this is the high tech resource to compliment the information technologies! Organic engineering systems like aquaponics have a primordial power to awaken and inspire awe at nature’s pattern language.

Michael Pollan was amazed at his visit last week! We hope you’ll come visit us too!

One World Aquaponics Consulting

Project One. Planetary Aquaponics and Urban Agriculture Net Enhanced Consultants

Aquaponics Global Consulting “Gang of Eight”: A Project Experiment of One World Aquaponics

Let’s Do This Now!

How about we do this now! We already has a domain name. We can develop pictures, prose, and graphics at some shared document space. We can commission
people to set up a web site(we can make a platform at Milwaukee Renaissance if we
want to keep it simple at the outset) and develop it as we work.

Vision the Day After NBC Nightly News Featured Sweet Water

Sweet Water Organics is the “main frame.”

We are preparing to roll out “Sweet Water Miniatures” asap.

Let us “apple” Sweet Waters! Simple, cheap systems for
fresh tasty fish and produce!

Every city, every school,spiritual community, and gifted families can replicate Sweet Water!

A 21 century organic technology industry! For all of God’s children!

Partnering across the planet for:

One World Aquaponics

We also have our eyes on the prize of sparking collaborations among
biologists, engineers, MBAs, and worker creatives to develop ancillary
industries, e.g. cultivating soldier fly larvae for fish feed, raised bed
gardens from compost grown with organic urban waste streams like
leaves, wood chips, fruit and veggie wastes, urban agriculture implements
like green and hoop houses, cold frames, worm bins, and more.

New organic technologies explored in creative worker owned enterprise
experiments, Mondragon inspired!

Please keep track of Sweet Water Organics Developments at

and keep in touch w. me for news re on-line and in the real workshops, support, etc.

Sweet Water is an internet enhanced

hybrid enterprise web

Organic technology experiment

Toward a good food ®Evolution?(we must joyfully and intensely focus our energies on a daily basis over many, many years, and even over the generations to craft ways out of the systems of industrial life and agriculture that are threatening life on the planet, but not the “macho Revolutions” with strutting and violence of the past)

With a focus on urban agriculture, aquaponics, and ancillary industries?(there are many related industries waiting to be born, like fish feed from soldier fly larvae, compost teas from urban carbon and nitrogen waste streams like wood chips, leaves, fruit and veggie residues)

Eye on the prize of a Sweet Water and Pure Soil? experiment in

every school, every spiritual center, every urban village neighborhood,

by my 100th birthday(I’m 65.5).

Skill enhancing?


Sweet Water Organics

Worker creatives?

hands-on learning school and experimental social businesses

Seek Exhausted Parents Needing Relief From Winter Gloom

Allow You Children to Work With Worms, Plant Their Own Food

Children’s Highly Productive Work While Parents Profoundly Play

Dear All,

I have been astonished by the cooperative joy of as many as 10 children
from 4 to 8, as they “make” the Worm Mon Show at Sweet Water or
one of their class rooms, day care centers, spiritual centers, parks, etc.

When asked to fill a pot half full of compost and search a large compost
pile for 2 worms for their pot, 10 small children diligently search and totally
enjoy themselves as they harmoniously set about their task.

Then when asked to sift worm castings from worms and wood chips, and then
mix the “black gold” 50/50 with ground coconut, and then fill the pot to 3/4
compost, and then top the pot off with the black gold/coir topping mix, and,
finally, to plant 4 arugula seeds in the north, then south, east, and then west
corners of their pots, and, if they are mature enough, water to pots!

And take their arugula pot home and watch plants grow!

And then, eat the food that they have grown!

They do all of this, including eating the greens, with glee, happiness, focus,
and great benefit, for mind and body!

So why not some parent child care co-op group that’s already formed, or would
like to form, imagine bringing your children over for an hour or two to the Great Room
of the Tulip Building in the Sweet Water complex, where one of our “Worm Mon”
can offer a Worm Mon Show, while the parents hang out, start a film series in the
Green Room, or go eat at some great Bay View restaurant. Actually, we could
train some of the parents to become Worm Mon.

Apprentice Worm Mon Olde

Berkeley Study re Edible Playgrounds: They Inspire Kids to Eat Veggies!

For another study whose results were announced this week, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, spent three years examining the difference between children who participated in the Berkeley Unified School District’s “edible schoolyard” program, in which gardening and cooking are woven into the school day, and children who didn’t.

The students who gardened ate one and half servings more of vegetables a day than those who weren’t in the program.

United Nations Support for Global Urban Agriculture

policy briefs

August 2010
Fighting Poverty and Hunger
What role for urban agriculture?

Towns and cities are growing rapidly in developing countries. This process is often accompanied by high levels of poverty and hunger, leading many urban dwellers to engage in farming activities to help satisfy their food needs. Policy makers need to recognize this reality and actively seize the opportunities offered by urban agriculture.

Hunger – a growing concern in urban areas
The recent spike of world hunger disproportionately affected the urban poor. As a large share of their disposable income is spent on food, the 2007–08 food price crisis was particularly hard on them. The urban poor also suffered from the consequences of last year’s global economic downturn, which reduced their employment opportunities and income.

Agriculture can help buffer the effects of such crises. While agriculture is largely a rural phenomenon, urban agriculture can also help increase the resilience of some urban poor to external shocks and improve their access to fresh vegetables, fruits and animal products. This mechanism would be particularly relevant in areas where inadequate infrastructure and heavy losses in transit add to the scarcity and cost of agricultural produce. Some urban famers might also be able to offer their goods on local markets and generate income for themselves and their families.

What is urban agriculture?
Urban agriculture describes crop and livestock production within cities and towns and surrounding areas. It can involve anything from small vegetable gardens in the backyard to farming activities on community lands by an association or neighborhood group.

In peri-urban areas, production is often intensive and commercially oriented, but farming within cities generally occurs on a smaller scale. It is commonly practiced on fallow public and private spaces, wetlands and underdeveloped areas; rarely is it found on lands specifically designated for agriculture. In many countries urban agriculture is informal and sometimes even illegal. Competition for land is a frequent source of conflict. Other contentious issues include the environmental impact of urban agriculture and food safety concerns, particularly relating to livestock production.

While data are scarce, urban agriculture is an important reality in many developing countries. Up to 70 percent of urban households participate in agricultural activities, according to the first systematic quantification of urban agriculture conducted by FAO, based on data from 15 developing and transition countries for which comparable statistics are available (from the Rural Income Generating Activities database).

Urban agriculture seems particularly important in low-income countries such as Malawi, Nepal and Vietnam. But even in more developed economies such as Panama, a significant share of urban households is involved in farming activities. Indeed, in three quarters of the countries analyzed the share of urban households participating in crop and – to a lesser extent – livestock production exceeds 30 percent. In other countries, such as Indonesia, the share is much lower, but it is not clear whether these differences are due to different economic or policy factors or due to differences in measurement of agriculture or urban areas.

Another aspect emerges from the empirical findings. With very few exceptions, poor urban dwellers are more likely to participate in crop and livestock production than richer households. In many countries more than half of all urban households in the poorest expenditure quintile rely in part on agricultural activities to satisfy their food needs.

More and better food

Urban agricultural production is generally geared towards consumption within the household. Only in a few countries, including Bangladesh, Madagascar and Nepal, is more than a third of production sold on markets. Urban agriculture is thus not primarily a source of cash income, although in some countries (notably Madagascar and Nigeria) the share of income derived from urban agriculture exceeds 50 percent in the lowest income quintile.

The food security benefits of engaging in urban agriculture materialize mostly through better access to additional and more nutritious food. Indeed, urban households engaged in farming activities tend to consume greater quantities of food, sometimes as much as 30 percent more. They also seem to have a more diversified diet, as indicated by an increase in the number of food groups consumed. Relatively higher consumption of vegetables, fruits and meat products translates into an overall higher intake of energy as well as higher calorie availability.

Seizing opportunities

Urban agriculture can thus have important benefits for food security. Although the impact might be small, it can be crucial for some groups of society, such as the urban poor as well as women of reproductive age and children.
Policy responses will vary across countries – or even within the same city – depending on the specific local situation. They might also differ between specific activities, as livestock production in urban centres can be expected to pose greater challenges than maintaining a backyard garden.

In some cases benefits from urban agriculture will clearly outweigh potential negative consequences, such as environmental pollution or competition over scarce resources. In these cases policy makers should actively promote urban agriculture and find ways to integrate it in urban land-use planning. Providing technical guidance and training on good production techniques, for example, could minimize risks such as health hazards, water contamination and food safety concerns.

In others there might be more efficient ways to raise food security of the poor such as promoting alternative income generating activities, expanding non-agricultural employment opportunities or improving the functioning of urban food markets.

Policy makers should thus carefully weigh available options. Simply banning farming activities in cities – as has often been the case in the past – is not necessarily the best alternative. Policy responses could instead focus on improving land use rights and specifying which activities are allowed and where. Without a careful analysis of existing opportunities and risks, policy makers will miss an important opportunity to better integrate agricultural activities into urban development, and ensure that it helps to achieve social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Designing $1,500 to $25,000 Aquaponic Systems for Home & School

The Growing Power conference has inspired me to let you and others know
that we now have the resources to imagine establishing an aquaponics
system in each and every school of the nation over the next
10 or 20 years.

It is becoming likely that we have access to what might be
the world’s most advanced aquaponics teams, two of whose
leading actors, Charlie Price of Stirling U. in Scotland, and
Glen Martinez, of Olomana Gardens and the U. of Hawaii,
were participants in a round table at Sweet Water that crystallized
into a vision of an…

International and Urban Aquaponics Network.

Both also hope to recruit people to consider
careers in aquaponics, including work in rain forest and desert
regions of the planet.

Both have spent years developing what to me and the Sweet
Water team appear to be way ahead of the curve small aquaponic
systems. Both are enthusiastic about our promoting their
innovations in North America.

There are now artisan mechanics and biology wizards at Sweet
Water and/or Milwaukee ®Evolution who are available to incorporate
these upscaled, miniature systems into home, school, enterprise
installations in Milwaukee and beyond.

Charlie and Glen are both eager to have people who develop these
systems come to Scotland or Hawaii for intensive training, if they
wish, or to develop on-line connections so our local experimentors
can fine tune their systems with Charlie and Glen’s help(Charlie’s
help includes access to 95 doctoral candidates in aquaponics/
aquaculture at Stirling; Glen is connected to top aquaponics people
across the planet).

Sweet Water and the Sweet Water Foundation will offer me resources
to chaordically collaborate to advance this vision, assuming it makes
sense as time marches on!

What say?

Why not?

Care to spend some time configuring a $1,500 to $25,000 Sweet Water Home and/or School Aquaponic System

Part of the fees could include intense study opportunities at Sweet Water, University of Stirling in Scotland, and the Olomana Gardens/U. of Hawaii.

A design conversation on line, phone conference, and/or at Sweet Water?

What say?

Why not?


Sweet Water Collaboration with Great Lakes Water Institute

Great Lakes WATER Institute

Wisconsin Aquatic Technology & Environmental Research

September 16, 2010

600 East Greenfield
Milwaukee, WI
414 382–1700 phone
414 382–1705 fax

To Whom It May Concern,

The Great Lakes Aquaculture Center at the University of Wisconsin Great Lakes
WATER Institute has been involved in aquaculture research and outreach for the past
25 years supported in part by the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. Most
of our efforts with regard to research have been focused on developing the necessary
aquaculture tools to support the development of a yellow perch commercial aquaculture
industry. However, these tools are not limited in their application to yellow perch
exclusively. This technology could also be transferred to other highly desirable species such as purebred bluegill, hybrid bluegill, hybrid walleye, crappie, etc. All of these species represent high quality and high value finfish products.

Our Wisconsin Sea Grant Marine Advisory aquaculture outreach program, at the front-
end of the 25 year period, had been directed at all aspects of commercial aquaculture
which included food fish, effluent management, fish for stocking, baitfish production, fee fishing operations, shellfish production, etc. For the last ten years we have been doing research on and using recirculating aquaculture system technology (RAS). More recently, our focus for the past three years has been on studying an approach to modify RAS technology that could be coupled with natural aquaponic and hybrid aquaponic systems which are commonly referred to as “integrated recirculating aquaculture” systems, incorporating plants, vegetables, and finfish. Additionally we have begun to work on the location concept of urban aquaculture utilizing technology systems such as RAS, natural aquaponics, and hybridized aquaponics for commercial scale production. The application of our technology research program has been coupled with our research on finfish biology such as genetic characterization, broodstock development, reproduction, early life stage culture of finfish (from fertilized egg to fingerlings), and the management of grow-out strategies to market size.

The Great Lakes Aquaculture Center, through funding supported by the National
and Wisconsin Sea Grant Outreach Programs, has been involved with Sweet Water
Organics since February 2009. Sweet Water Organics entered into a cooperative
research agreement with the Great Lakes Aquaculture Center in July 2009 with the
intent to document the production and costs of rearing a cohort of fingerling yellow
perch to market size using their commercial scale aquaponic system. We have a
vested interest in continuing our collaborative research efforts with Sweet Water
Organics as their goal of developing a commercial scale yellow perch production

facility in an urban environment is directly in-line with the goals of our Wisconsin Sea Grant Outreach Program. The relationship that we have with Sweet Water Organics
is beneficial to us in that their facility provides us with an opportunity to field test the results of our research in a large commercial scale operation. The basic and applied research that we have developed, as part of a technology transfer process, can be applied at a commercial scale site such as Sweet Water Organics, providing us with a venue to study a real-world application of our research efforts. Their proximity to the Great Lakes Aquaculture Center is ideal, making interactions uncomplicated and optimizes the need for close interactions especially during emergency situations.

The collaborative research effort between Sweet Water Organics and the Great Lakes
Aquaculture Center has proven beneficial to both parties and we look forward to
continuing our relationship with them.


Fred P. Binkowski
Director, Great Lakes Aquaculture Center
Senior Scientist, UW-Milwaukee Great Lakes WATER Institute

Food Film List

Attached is a lengthy food film list. Please be free in getting back with additions.


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Food Movies:








these hands, The Bitter Aftertaste, Gefilte Fish,

Two Angry Mom’s (Food Fight)

Bitter Harvest?

Lunch Line (The Movie)

Against the Grain

Les glaneurs et la glaneuse

Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen’s

Le sang des bêtes (a.k.a. Blood of the Beasts)

Chulas Fronteras

Corner In Wheat

37 Uses for a Dead Sheep

What’s For Dinner?

Garbage! The Rovolution Starts at Home

GMOs & the Changing Face of Agriculture Series

Terminator Tomatoes

Food For Thought

Genetic Time Bomb

Nourish: Food + Community

Think Twice


Ripe For Change

The Future of Food

Food INC


Fast Food Nation

Super Size me

Coca Cola Kid

King Corn

Big River (A king Corn Companion)

Truck Farm


The End of the Line

Home Grown


Food Fight

The Future of Food

Our Daily Bread

The Real Dirt on Farmer John


American Dream


Controling Our Food (“The World According To Monsanto”)

Le Sang Det Betes [French slaughterhouse…]

Blood OF the Beasts

The Gleaners & I


The World According to Monsanto

Growing Awareness

Crazy Sexy cancer

Queen of the Sun




The Water Front


Liquid Assets

Blue Gold



Magnificent Fish, Forgotten Giants

When the Salmon Run Dry

One More Dead Fish

Heading for Shore

River of Renewal

Echo of Water Against Rocks

Foodie Film:


Like water for chocolate

The Dinner

Babette’s Feast

The Big Night

When Do We Eat?

A Chef in Love


Eat Drink Man Woman

Soul Food

Soylent Green

Starving Artists’ Cookbook

Sketching Out The First Thousand Worm Mon Shows

The Worm Mon Show has many faces,
Aiming to cultivate “heroes with a thousand faces,”
starting with children, rich soil, red wriggler worms,
and other “actors” in life’s drama, e.g. bugs, air, sun, rain, tools, etc.

The Worm Mon Show has an underlying
emancipatory and participatory philosophy.

It hopes to inspire all of God’s children to
become eco-literate, to become fine
sons and daughters of Mother Earth,
starting with an encounter with
sacred soil and the myriad creatures
which make for growing power, proof that
diversity is strength, in the realm of nature
and realm of humanity, joined in life’s
miraculous and mysteries embrace.

Mother Nature fills the dreams of worm mon
with the notion that we can create much more
of our history than we think, that we need not be
victims but rather co-creators of brighter days.

Worm Mon Shows aim to inspire attention to
nature’s ways, but also to foster human cultures
more thoughtful and gracefully following the
pattern language of life.

One Worm Mon may know a little bit about a lot,
but many connected worm mon(a gender and age free
concept that can be singular or plural) can learn a lot
about partnering with many, who know a lot about
their domain of knowledge and practice.

Words are power and the Worm Mon show aims
to inspire not just a love of worms, for what they do
and for what they stand for, but also a love of words,
so humanity can learn to “give voice” and express ourselves.

Worm Mon Show participants gather in circles and are helped
to shake hands with good energy while looking directly
into the eyes of one another, and to introduce themselves to the larger
group while learning how to use a microphone or amplifying voice
and speaking clearly, distinctly, with less and less nervousness
with practice. New neural pathways from hands-on experience,
with worms, soil, and one another!

So at the outset of every Worm Mon Show the audience participants
are introduced to the notion that the show is an evolving process,
that they are co-creators of Worm Mon Shows, that the distinction
between performers and audience will be progressively narrowed,
that one Worm Mon does not know all that much, but that a
myriad of worm mon, especially internet empowered, can discover
answers to many vexing questions and establish on-going conversations,
on line and at ensuing Worm Mon Shows(which might take place
during garden blitzes, work parties, edible playground constructions).

Leaner and Happier Police Officers and Firefighters

I have been noticing a marked increase in extremely overweight police officers and firefighters over the past 10 years or so, a reflection of their fast and processed food diet filled with too much fat, sugar, and salt. Of late when I encounter any of these servants of the people, I tell them the Worm Mon is coming their way, intent on helping establish some raised bed gardens, hoop houses, and perhaps a small aquaponics system at their stations, as well as introduce them to dietitians and chefs who will increase their capacity to choose healthy food and prepare it so it’s least costly and most tasteful. With attention to growing some of their own fruit and vegetables, along with support and encouragement to refine their diet and culinary skills, the police and firefighters would would have fewer health problems, live longer and happier lives, and perform their duties more effectively.

Life and Health Insurance Companies Reduce Rates for Healthy Diets?

I notice that non-smokers pays less life insurance premiums, a nice incentive to kick that dirty habit. Why not a campaign to inspire our health and life insurance companies, starting with large firms that cover high-profile clients, to reduce premiums for people who commit to growing a certain percentage of their own fruit and vegetables at home or community gardens, as well as those who refrain from eating greasy, fast and processed food?

Multiple Bottom Lines of Home Grown Food

8 months harvesting arugula that tastes so good that 2.5 meals per day were eaten at old man’s home rather than at a local cafe. This translates into l.5 less meals per day eaten at a restaurant with a savings of about $5 per day, $150 per month, $1,200 per year

I and occasional guests probably eat $1.50 to $2,00 per day worth of arugula for 8 months, the same in raspberries for 2 harvests of a month’s length, a hundred bucks worth of tomatoes, and the same amount of basil. Totaling about $600 per year

I have been given about 30 “womon cooked meals” from people in return for the above, valued at $5 per meal or $150. I would guess that the recipients of my garden’s surplus have been able to harvest at least $1,000 of various kinds of value. And some of them have given their surplus of arugula and/or basil plants which we’ll guess at $250 in total value.

Since beginning my 15 year apprenticeship in urban farming 5 years ago, I have enjoyed wonderful mindbody health, spending probably no more than $100 on aspirin, sinus pills, whatever. It would take a large research project to support the notion that gardening has bolstered my immune system by virtue of the deep peace and satisfaction it provides. But my daily rounds are charmed by encounters with healthy, happy people who grow increasing amounts of their own food. Much less “mad rushing about,” much less anxiety about tomorrow, much more focus on the blessings of the present and trust in the immense intelligence in whose lap we reside. Gardening awakens mind hearts to the miracle of life, the pleasures of nurturing, and the deep value of patience and attentiveness.

Another research project would be required to support the notion that the sense of well being it has offered has improved my relationships with family, friends, neighbors, and business associates. My children appear charmed when walking through my shanty Irish garden and picking plants/fruits when in season. I know for certain that 3 of my neighbors have been inspired by get into the dirt because “if an old eccentric roofer can grow raspberries like that, I can sure do as much or more!”

Value? Priceless.

My business partner Josh Fraundorf was inspired by my adventures at Growing Power to buy $75 worth of Will’s compost that yielded the best tomatoes his farm and garden family clan had ever tasted. His wife Jamie was inspired by the science teaching possibilities of composting and vermiculture. These happy facts sparked the emergence of Sweet Water Organics and a number of very worthy outcomes that have flowed from that, e.g. the Bay View Community Compost project, compost for any number of school and community gardens the Sweet Water Foundation is supporting.

Value? Priceless.

A COMMUNITY AS GARDEN: Astonishing Fun With Dispersed Microplot Gardening!

From Blake Santifer R: “It depends greatly on the context of the land, how it will be maintained, & on the food shed of the immediate commu
All said; I’ve attached an excerpt from a concept I advocate!”

A COMMUNITY AS GARDEN, A SOLUTION!Dispersed microplot gardening!

Your Community Can Be Your Garden!

So, The concept is that our communities should indeed BE our community gardens!!!

Many of us have front back & side yards we spend countless dollars hiring others to maintain. Some even feel obliged to spend their scant free time beyond the 8–6 sodding, fertilizing, aerating, edging, mowing & ?weeding?!?


In overcoming all these issues & costs in maintaining land near our homes we form a gardening collaborative. “Community Gardening”

We embrace the unique micro climate of each & every dispersed micro plot near our homes, businesses, telephone poles, fire hydrants, drainage ditches, & yes, Still the “community gardens”.

We plant window boxes, containerize fruit trees, place portable palletized garden beds & hang baskets.

In super urban areas we plant rooftops, raise flag pole plantings, install strawberry pipes on freeway supports, engineer ferris wheeling plants in buckets & always put out another potted plant.

We can start seeds inside our homes & disperse them come spring!

There is so much we can grow with even the simplest of synergy.

Ask your neighbor if they enjoy paying to mow their lawn or if they might prefer you help care for their land & share the abundant harvest!

So many spaces can be planted. Potted plants put into place. portable Palatized planters & more!

So, simply put

The solution is planting exceptionally functional plants EVERYWHERE!

Further breaking down this solution:

I reckon “neighborly” is adjective for good reason!

Everywhere has a microclimate that a particular plant will thrive within!

Since you’ve been “neighborly” you have plenty to share with your neigbors & they too share from their unique microclimates.
{imagine you have a side yard getting less light, okay.. Potatoes it is.
your neighbor has a front lawn getting scorched, okay.. tomatoes it is.
your neighbor has a back porch for entertaining, okay.. herbs it shall be.}

Recapping The Two Key Steps

Through utilizing each micro plots micro climate; we create abundance by allowing nature to specialize & growing what grows best.

Through “neighboring” we create an environment for sharing the abundance our micro plot produces & too experience providing & being provided for by our community.

We then allow each specifically planted micro plot to contribute to the grander


So, Once again in closing…

We plant small plots & pots all over the place &

view our community as the garden!

Worm Mon Saving the Planet Through the Forces of Nature

The “Worm Mon Show” is a work in progress organized around the broad theme “From Wastes to Resources…for Ourselves, Our Grandchildren, and for Mother Nature.”

Everyone As Worm Mon “Someday Auditions”

Boys and Girls
Men and Women
Young and Old
And Luxuriant Variations Thereof…

Are encouraged and hopefully inspired,
To become a

Worm Mon!

Many grade school children exult “how adorable” are their red wrigglers,
After moving beyond their initial squeamishness into sheer delight
With these miraculous creatures, now their, our, friends!

Increasingly important partners in our lives,
Transforming our wastes into precious resource,
i.e. Mother Nature’s finest growing medium,
the source of fresh fruit and vegetables that can change one’s life,
quite a bit for the better, e.g. lose weight, calm nerves, build endurance…
Taste great food while fully enjoying one’s friends and family!

Worm Mon is not just the person organizing and presenting the Show. The audience too are participants in this theatrical, co-instructional production. It is hoped that some in the audience will become Worm Mon Apprentices. It is also to be anticipated that filmed worm mon shows will become instructional materials for vermicomposting and urban agriculture, that pieces of the “Show” will be incorporated into the Worm Mon Show: A Morality Play in 3 Acts, that is under construction, with the support that arrives from each Worm Mon Show.

Many audience members will know much more than the presiding “worm mon”: about soil, worms and soil partners, weeds and plants, urban agriculture and ecology in general. And they are encouraged, exorted(!), to share their knowledge. Worm Mon are never proud. Trained to increasing humility, like, learning from, the worms!

All are invited to join in the evolution of the Show, some merely by sharing their new found gardening and soil nourishing information, others by rolling up their sleeves(especially the children), and

4 arugula seeds, and watering the same

Worm Mon Philosophical Musings

Worm Mon Shows involve mixing mental with manual labor. While working with the compost soil, the worms, wood chips, coconut shell coir, and other soil partners, and
feeling the soil, breathing in the sweet aroma of the black gold(like rain forest soil),

young and old quite often exchange stories and ideas the work inspires. All are encouraged to share visions of small, everyday chores worthy as they help us grow
food and have fun adding nutrient value to the beauty of our growing plants and flowers.


to be continued


August 29, 2007 KK River Village Mixed Model Green Development

Sweet Water Organics is the ongoing creation of a number of partnerships with long histories of successful collaborations.
A critical first alliance was that of the original core team of Steve Lindner, Josh Fraundorf, and James Godsil.
Fraundorf and Lindner were long time friends and business associates, whose work together found Community Roofing & Restoration’s(“Community”) Fraundorf contracting with Steve for high, complex roof system projects on Steve’s and his sister’s vintage homes along Milwaukee’s north and south side lakefront communities, and “light green urban infill” projects as well. Lindner and Fraundorf had forged their’s and their families’ friendships within the matrix of artisinal and entrepreneurial virtuosity and success. Both are products of Wisconsin’s rich tradition of “outdoorsmen,” who worked long, hard, and usually smart, and relaxed and renewed hunting and fishing in the beautiful lakes, rivers, and forests of this privileged Great Lakes Heartland state. Josh’s and his wife, Jamie, were raising their sons Will and Tyler in a large circle of friends that included Steve, his wife Tasha, and their son Jake. That “clan of friends” had huge outings and parties together, some centered around the championship softball team, the “Kind Bugs,” heady newcomers to the iconic Milwaukee “Un-American League,” created by the counter-culture back in the 1960s. Josh, Steve, families, and friends are children of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Great Lakes Heartland civic cultures where risk taking, hard work and hard play, reverence for nature and community, and progressive social and economic innovation are part of life’s fabric.

So Lindner asked Fraundorf to invite his “Community” partner, Godsil, into a brainstorming conversation that would make Steve’s development of a 6.5 acre of “industrial wasteland” the “greenest possible” without losing money, i.e. “green and sustainable!” Godsil had won Steve’s attention in his work “peddling Milwaukee’s renaissance,” especially the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance(MPA) and Save the Soldiers Home work, the myriad Riverwest and Bay View social enterprises, and Will Allen’s Growing Power. Lindner described himself to Godsil as “the most hated landlord in Milwaukee,” and thought Godsil and Fraundorf might help him elevate the “greenness” of his developments and inspire community appreciation for his honest efforts. Godsil jumped at the offer, having been greatly impressed with Lindner’s hands-on work building nicely designed urban infills, restoring historic old homes, and treating “Community” and his very competent group of carpenters, electricians, excavators, plumbers, metal smiths, painters, and more, with integrity and respect.

Here’s a note that captures the spirit of this new alliance, sent August 29, 2007, from Godsil’s work room in his Bay View city farm.

Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 7:47 AM
Subject: Godsil Here re KK River Village(or whatever name emerges)
To: Steve LIndner <>
Cc: Josh Fraundorf <>

Hey Steve,

I know you won’t get this until you come back to town, but I wanted to begin by letting you know it is my pleasure and high privilege to work with you and Josh to make the most imaginative “green development” possible at your new 6.5 acre(maybe 10!) site at the crossroads of the Third Ward, Walkers Point, and Bay View.

I think the mix of people ready to help with this vision could make it one of Milwaukee’s premier “urban infill projects.” I think your project could win national attention, especially if you consider building upon the vision developed by Howard Leu and Rochelle Scholz after months of connecting with Milwaukee’s leading green experts.

A first step, in my mind, would be to introduce you to Howard and Rochelle[this model involves urban agriculture] and their vision for the transformation of a city block at 11th and North Ave., which, in consultation with such green developers as Paul Bachowski, Julilly Kohler, and others, was submitted in a national design competition.

Another step would be to meet with Mary Beth Driscoll, who I’m working with to create urban gardens in the old city, to talk about the ins and outs of “design charrettes,”which she organized for the Renew the Valley planning.

I think a mixed model that incorporates for profit and non profit partners is worth considering for this venture.

I’ve created a web platform for this project at the Milwaukee Renaissance.

We’ll show you the simple software this wiki open source community involves.

Viva, the KK River Village!(or whatever name emerges)


E-mail Chronicle of Sweet Water Organics

Sweet Water E-Mail Chronicle Rough Draft

Major NYT Essay on Agony/Ecstacy of Being 20 Something or Parent Thereof

Dear All,

If you or any of your family or friends are challenged by the “emerging adulthood” drama of our
loved ones in their 20s, check out this in-depth, thoughtful essay on the theme:

Worm Mon Show Mind Heart Themes: Adult ADHD and 20 Something Drama

So now we have a new theme to introduce to the round table moments during and after
the Worm Mon Show at Sweet Water, every Wed. at 6:30 and every Sunday at 12:30.
Gratis, but there is a $5 fee if you take the Sweet Water Tour at 6 on Wed. and noon on

Worm Mon Parent of Three “20 Somethings”

One Hundred Jobs in Labor Intensive Fish Vegetable Farm in Old Factory

It won’t take much public money to roll out an “auto catalytic” 100 jobs experiment in fish vegetable farms and small business incubators in re-purposed factory buildings. Sweet Water Organics, Inc., the Sweet Water Foundation, Community Roofing & Restoration, and the Milwaukee Renaissance Movement Magazine network have inspired this working plan I hope you will help upgrade, refine, and advance.

No public monies have been spent this past year and 8 months and the above named enterprises have combined for the equivalent of 25 of the greenest of jobs this Spring and Summer.

Here’s some media coverage of the fish vegetable farm, including a “Wall Street Journal” and front page “Milwaukee Journal,” “Shepherd Express” and “Bay View Compass” stories.

Here is the first draft essay that focuses on developing 100 jobs in a Sweet Soil Project.

100 Jobs in Labor Intensive Fish Vegetable Farm and Small Business Incubator in Re-Purposed Factory Buildings

The Sweet Water Foundation collaboration with Journey House, the Domes, the National Association of Black Vets, Core el Centro, 16th St. Community Health Center, the Wisconsin African American Women’s Center, the Victory Garden Initiative, La Causa School, Honey Creek School, and on and on, aims to develop the foundation for a 100 job urban ag project over the next 5 years.

And it all begins with harvesting urban waste streams and partnering with beneficial bacteria and red wriggler worms. That’s how Sweet Water Organics was launched.


Here is the start of my effort to outline how 10 jobs in the vermiculture/soil building piece might be grown.

Growing Clean Rich Soil for Urban Agriculture

Start with One Organizer and Volunteer Teams for Composting Piece

Here are some tasks for the organizer:

develop a volunteer work team(s) to organize the program

monitoring of organizer’s progress with an eye toward providing paid workers to support/advance composting piece

Adding Vermiculture to the Project

“Yeoman Social Enterprises” Orchestrations are one way to advance this project.

Yeoman Orchestrations

These involve talking while working, at your garden, work site, or mine, about

e.g. I’ll explore a partnership with the National Association of Black Veterans over a one year period, quite possibly not making any green dollars in this period, but growing social and cultural capital that sets the stage for some green dollar capital from a grant we win or project contract we capture

e.g. some of this work might occur within a standard corporation or family business, some of it might occur as a project for a non-profit, some of it might occur in the informal economy(your backyard or home energy efficiency experiments

e.g. some of these collaborations might find us creating goods and services that have “exchange value” in the market place(let’s develop some arugula mini-farms!), while others might be entirely located in the realm of “use value”(let’s create 1,000 potted arugula plants and distribute them to fire houses, police stations, schools, and assisted living centers just for the good of it with all volunteer labor)

e.g. while we’re mostly focused on producing a couple of key items like perch and lettuce at Sweet Water, we also pay attention to income streams ancillary to the prime focus(at Sweet Water we are developing the soft-ware needed for highly sophisticated aquaponics conversations of vintage factory building that can generate revenues at work shops, as school curricula, as blueprints for replications, and so forth)

e.g. we invite potential collaborators to some on-line conversations, either via e-mail or setting up sites on facebook, wiki platforms, list serves, and so on. These conversations
in the “noosphere” are punctuated and enhanced by gatherings of round table conversations, where on-line participants can meet one another and people who don’t like on-line talk can join in

I would feel most comfortable investing in yeoman orchestrations with people who would start out with a commitment of 100 hours of exchange, as well as a commitment to document what comes forth from those first 100 hours

In my lifetime I have seen small groups of people greatly contribute to evolutionary history making, fueled by visions they easily put their shoulder into. Green money capital is important, social and cultural capital too! But, in my mind’s eye, reflecting upon the golden sons and daughters of Mother Earth these past 40 years of “movement” and “small enterprise” work, it’s spiritual capital that trumps all else.

Sweet Water is an adventure that bears witness to the power of an idea whose time has come. Yeoman orchestrations can play a vital part of the Sweet Water Story.

I hope you will consider some of these concepts with me and some of my able mates!


A yeoman could be a free man holding a small landed estate, a minor landowner, a small prosperous farmer, especially from the Elizabethan era onwards (16th-17th century), a deputy, assistant, journeyman, or loyal or faithful servant. Work “performed or rendered in a loyal, valiant, useful, or workmanlike manner”, especially in situations that involve a great deal of effort or labor, such as would be done by a yeoman farmer, came to be described as a yeoman’s job.[3] Yeomen became a class of people that gained a reputation for hard toil.[4]

Yeoman also was a rank or position in a noble or royal household, with titles such as Yeoman of the Chamber, Yeoman of the Crown, Yeoman Usher, King’s Yeoman, and various others. Most duties were connected with protecting the sovereign and dignitaries as a bodyguard, such as the Yeomen of the Guard, attending the sovereign with various tasks as needed, or duties assigned to his office.[1]

In modern British usage, yeoman may specifically refer to a member of a reserve cavalry unit called a yeomanry (similar to a militia) traditionally raised from respected and moderately wealthy commoners in England and Wales, and today part of the Territorial Army; a member of the Yeomen of the Guard or Yeomen Warders of the Tower of London, or servant in the British Royal Household at Windsor Castle, such as the Yeoman of the Cellar; or a supervisory soldier normally between the ranks of staff sergeant to Warrant Officer Class 1 in the Royal Corps of Signals in the British Army, an appointment achieved upon completion of a 14-month technical course and seen as the highest accolade bestowed upon an operator and indeed a Royal Signals soldier.[2]

to be continued

I would very much appreciate your thoughts and hope to meet over coffee some day in the next couple of weeks to explore these and other job projects that public works jobs that help citizens and their communities develop labor intensive fish vegetable farms and small business incubators in old factory buildings.

Social Entrepreneurs

This a comment in response to a NYT piece on social entrepeneurs.

“Wonderful heat in pursuit of pubic aim” marks the many social entrepreneurs that have inspired me in St. Louis, Chicago, and Milwaukee since the start of my adventures in the social movements of our time. The young Jesuit scholastics who sparked new schools and reform political campaigns in the Pruitt Igo neighborhood of St. Louis; the community organizers of Chicago who sparked neighborhood development projects and small businesses; Milwaukee’s Jeff Eagan’s leadership in a community development corporation key to the graceful integration of Riverwest Milwaukee; Will Allen of Milwaukee’s Growing Power; Josh Fraundorf of Sweet Water Organics labor intensive fish vegetable farm in a re-purposed factory building. These social “enterprisers”(easier to spell) put their imagination and shoulders to the wheel, “bound to see their measure carried, and stick to it through ages of defeat.” Retiring boomers and the millennial generation will make Mother Earth proud as they turn to green and local economic development married to social justice and aesthetics! Viva, social enterprisers!

Sweet Water Worm Mon Shows & Adult Attention Deficit Disorder(ADHD)

Dear All,

As one who is making a bit of good history proving that an old dog can learn new tricks and harness the positive implications of a kaleidoscope of affective disorders, including above average scores on adhd, this current Sweet Water Worm Mon(you can become a worm mon too!) is addressing the positive value of backyard and front yard food gardens, i.e. Sweet Water Front Yard Edens, for dealing with adhd.

The Worm Mon Shows occur about l/2 hour after the Wed. 6 p.m. and Sunday noon Sweet Water Tours. The Sweet Water Tours
cost $5. The Worm Mon Shows are free, providing you show up at 12:30 on Sunday or 6:30 on Wednesday.

Here is a wikipedia list of adhd symptoms for your enlightenment and sharing with your loved ones whose undiagnosed adhd is driving you crazy!

In adults, these evolve into:[10]

    * Procrastination
    * Indecision, difficulty recalling and organizing details required for a task
    * Poor time management, losing track of time
    * Avoiding tasks or jobs that require sustained attention
    * Difficulty initiating tasks
    * Difficulty completing and following through on tasks
    * Difficulty multitasking
    * Difficulty shifting attention from one task to another

In adults:

    * Chooses highly active, stimulating jobs
    * Avoids situations with low physical activity or sedentary work
    * May choose to work long hours or two jobs
    * Seeks constant activity
    * Easily bored
    * Impatient
    * Intolerant to frustration, easily irritated
    * Impulsive, snap decisions and irresponsible behaviors
    * Loses temper easily, angers quickly

Consider Becoming an Apprentice Sweet Water Worm Mon

Dear All,

I have working with urban waste streams turning to humus, then fed to worms for their enhanced castings, i.e. black gold, then into potting plants, especially arugula, with a mixture of humus, black gold, peat moss/coir.,

This work is the foundation for the Worm Mon Shows at, Sweet Water every Wednesday night around 7 p.m. and Sundays around 1 p.m.,,

If you would like to become an apprenticed Worm Mon, or would like to help develop and advance the Worm Mon Shows, send an e-mail to


Godsil, co-founder
Sweet Water Organics
Apprentice Worm Mon
Co-Director The Worm Mon Show: A Morality Play in Three Acts

Become a Worm Mon And Protect Yourself from the Narcissist Epidemic

The Worm Mon of the world have a good chance to protect themselves from “The Narcissism Epidemic” and become Mother Nature’s fine children. A Worm Mon working to transform wastes into resources and help create bounty through a growing knowledge of Mother Nature’s secrets will experience a deepening love of our Great Mother and a decreasing pre-occupation with egocentric, grandiose indulgences. Worm mon(“mon” can be singular or plural, is gender and age neutral)in time become Mother Nature’s eyes and ears, tuning into life’s mystery and majesty and aquiring reservoirs of information and understanding that serve them in the process of becoming mediators between humans and Nature, learning The Way.

Here’s my favorite self-proclaimed conservative essayist on narcissism.

Op-Ed Columnist
The Gospel of Mel Gibson
Published: July 15, 2010

Let us enter, you and I, into the moral universe of the modern narcissist.

The narcissistic person is marked by a grandiose self-image, a constant need for admiration, and a general lack of empathy for others. He is the keeper of a sacred flame, which is the flame he holds to celebrate himself.

There used to be theories that deep down narcissists feel unworthy, but recent research doesn’t support this. Instead, it seems, the narcissist’s self-directed passion is deep and sincere.

His self-love is his most precious possession. It is the holy center of all that is sacred and right. He is hypersensitive about anybody who might splatter or disregard his greatness. If someone treats him slightingly, he perceives that as a deliberate and heinous attack. If someone threatens his reputation, he regards this as an act of blasphemy. He feels justified in punishing the attacker for this moral outrage.

And because he plays by different rules, and because so much is at stake, he can be uninhibited in response. Everyone gets angry when they feel their self-worth is threatened, but for the narcissist, revenge is a holy cause and a moral obligation, demanding overwhelming force.

Mel Gibson seems to fit the narcissist model to an eerie degree. The recordings that purport to show him unloading on his ex-lover, Oksana Grigorieva, make for painful listening, and are only worthy of attention because these days it pays to be a student of excessive self-esteem, if only to understand the world around.

The story line seems to be pretty simple. Gibson was the great Hollywood celebrity who left his wife to link with the beautiful young acolyte. Her beauty would not only reflect well on his virility, but he would also work to mold her, Pygmalion-like, into a pop star.

After a time, she apparently grew tired of being a supporting actor in the drama of his self-magnification and tried to go her own way. This act of separation was perceived as an assault on his status and thus a venal betrayal of the true faith.

It is fruitless to analyze her end of the phone conversations because she knows she is taping them. But the voice on the other end is primal and searing.

That man is like a boxer unleashing one verbal barrage after another. His breathing is heavy. His vocal muscles are clenched. His guttural sounds burst out like hammer blows.

He pummels her honor, her intelligence, her womanhood, her maternal skills and everything else. Imagine every crude and derogatory word you’ve ever heard. They come out in waves. He’s not really arguing with her, just trying to pulverize her into nothingness, like some corruption that has intertwined itself into his being and now must be expunged.

It is striking how morally righteous he is, without ever bothering to explain what exactly she has done wrong. It is striking how quickly he reverts to the vocabulary of purity and disgust. It is striking how much he believes he deserves. It is striking how much he seems to derive satisfaction from his own righteous indignation.

Rage was the original subject of Western literature. It was the opening theme of Homer’s “Iliad.” Back then, anger was perceived as a source of pleasure. “Sweeter wrath is by far than the honeycomb dripping with sweetener,” Homer declared. And the man on the other end of Grigorieva’s phone seems to derive some vengeful satisfaction from asserting his power and from purging his frustration — from the sheer act of domination.

And the sad fact is that Gibson is not alone. There can’t be many people at once who live in a celebrity environment so perfectly designed to inflate self-love. Even so, a surprising number of people share the trait. A study conducted at the National Institutes of Health suggested that 6.2 percent of Americans had suffered from Narcissistic Personality Disorder, along with 9.4 percent of people in their 20s.

In their book, “The Narcissism Epidemic,” Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell cite data to suggest that at least since the 1970s, we have suffered from national self-esteem inflation. They cite my favorite piece of sociological data: In 1950, thousands of teenagers were asked if they considered themselves an “important person.” Twelve percent said yes. In the late 1980s, another few thousand were asked. This time, 80 percent of girls and 77 percent of boys said yes.

That doesn’t make them narcissists in the Gibson mold, but it does suggest that we’ve entered an era where self-branding is on the ascent and the culture of self-effacement is on the decline.

Every week brings a new assignment in our study of self-love. And at the top of the heap, the Valentino of all self-lovers, there is the former Braveheart. If he really were that great, he’d have figured out that the lady probably owns a tape recorder.

The Milwaukee Way: A ®Evolution Rooted in Sewer Socialists and Progressive Dairy Farmers

Dear All,

In the 1900s and 1910s, the progressives and socialists of Milwaukee and Wisconsin
provided the models for much of the great 20th century New Deal.

At the dawn of the 21st century, the progressives and ®Evolutionaries of Milwaukee and Wisconsin,
learning from the victories and the defeats of the 20th century popular movements,
may well be providing the models for much of the great 21st century

Social Economy ®Evolution.

Become a Teacher at Your Own You Tube School

Would be nice if there were some 21st century WPA projects that would award the best you tube teachers some funds for their “you tube school.”

Proper Language for Teaching Children

Dear All,

I have been taking my “Worm Man Show” to a number of schools in town,
to mine and the children’s delight.

Of late I have been telling the children that I was the Worm Man but now am
the Worm Mon.

“Mon” is the word in Jamaica that Bob Marley and others have used to designate male or female,
young or old, i.e. human being or person.

Rather than say I am the”Worm Person” or the “Worm Human” I like a shorter
gender age neutral term like “Mon.”

Some people I know like this concept a lot.

Others I know do not like this at all.

I would appreciate your thoughts in this matter.



Brainstorming Conservation Development Project for 100 Jobs

Skype Conference and Event Planner

Might you let me know if we could have a skype set up with a very large screen
that would beam up participation at the Growing Power World Conference by the following who have told me of their hopes to show or skye:

Here Are Folks I Would Like to Invite to Skype or Show

In 1997 Rebecca Nelson and John Pade began publishing the Aquaponics Journal [].

In 1974 “The Journal of New Alchemists No.2″ was published by the New Alchemy Institute and contained an article by William McLarney “Irrigation of Garden Vegetables with Fertile Fish Pond Water”.

In 1975 K. Sneed, K. Allen and JE Ellis wrote one of the first articles about integrating fish farming and hydroponics.

In the late 1970s Ronald D. Zweig and several other researchers published articles with the New Alchemy Institute about Fish Culture Systems and Solar-Algae Ponds

In 1985, North Carolina State University (then) graduate student, Mark R. McMurtry, and professors Douglas C. Sanders, Paul V. Nelson, et al. created the first known recirculating (closed-loop), reciprocating (flood and drain) “aquaponic” system (called an Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System) that filtered Tilapia effluent into sand biofilters (bacteria and alga) planted with Tomato and/or other vegetable crops

From the 1980s to present day the two distinct aquaponic systems are;

What say,

Wikipedia Article on Aquaponics Inspired the above 12 names I would like to invite to show or skype.
Modern Western beginnings

At the New Alchemy Institute (1971–1991) researchers experimented with bioshelters and wastewater management via crop production. This pursuit, of what was to become the permaculture movement, inspired like-minded researchers to advance the concept of fish effluent as fertilizer for crop production.

In 1974 “The Journal of New Alchemists No.2″ was published by the New Alchemy Institute and contained an article by William McLarney “Irrigation of Garden Vegetables with Fertile Fish Pond Water”. This article was followed with “Further Experiments in the Irrigation of Garden Vegetables with Fertile Fish Pond Water” by William McLarney in 1976 in “The Journal of the New Alchemists No.3″. Still neither of these was symbiotic relationships in a circulatory environment.

Formal interest in the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics seems to have started in the mid-1970s. In 1975 K. Sneed, K. Allen and JE Ellis wrote one of the first articles about integrating fish farming and hydroponics.[4] It would take another decade however before a greater amount of research in the integration of the two areas would start to crystallize into the true beginnings of aquaponics.

In the late 1970s Ronald D. Zweig and several other researchers published articles with the New Alchemy Institute about Fish Culture Systems and Solar-Algae Ponds. The progression of this study saw the integration of plants into the system. Ronald Zweig published “An Integrated Fish Culture Hydroponic Vegetable Production System” in the Aquaculture Magazine May/June 1986 pp34–40. It has been called “the most advanced form of aquaculture developed at New Alchemy - the Zweig hydroponic aquaculture pond - which grows both edible fish and floating hydroponic lettuce”.[5]

In 1985, North Carolina State University (then) graduate student, Mark R. McMurtry, and professors Douglas C. Sanders, Paul V. Nelson, et al. created the first known recirculating (closed-loop), reciprocating (flood and drain) “aquaponic” system (called an Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System) that filtered Tilapia effluent into sand biofilters (bacteria and alga) planted with Tomato and/or other vegetable crops.[1] From the mid-1980s and throughout the 1990s both McMurtry and Sanders published a number of articles on their research and worked to develop the recirculatory techniques for the arid Third World, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Many institutions and enterprises followed on the efforts (replicated peer-reviewed research, active publication, dissemination and technology transfer) at North Carolina State University [2]; notably by the University of Arizona Environmental Research Labs, NASA/CELSS, S&S Aquafarms, The Freshwater Institute, University of Arkansas (?), Bioshelters, Inc (?), Global Aquatics, Inslee Fish Farms (?) and others who carried out (mostly proprietary and unpublished) ‘research and development’ of aquaponics.

From the 1980s to present day the two distinct aquaponic systems are;

The University of the Virgin Islands Aquaculture Program has developed an aquaponic system through over 20 years of research into its design and operation. The system can produce over 10,000 lbs. of tilapia annually and a variety of vegetables that are harvested weekly in staggered production (lettuce and basil) or as needed by other fruiting crops (okra, cantaloupe, peppers, tomatoes etc.) The aquaculture program promotes several principles of aquaponics that can be applied to any size system, from hobby-scale to commercial-scale. These principles include a) system design that balances feed input to vegetable growing area, b) constant input of feed by staggering fish stocking, c) constant nutrient uptake by staggering vegetable production, d) continuous water flow and e) maintaining pH of 7.0. Other guidelines also apply and lead farmers to productive and profitable enterprises. [5]

The University of the Virgin Islands teaches a course each June, the “International Aquaponics and Tilapia Aquaculture Course” [6] to participants from around the globe. These individuals return home to develop their own commercial enterprises based on the aquaponic principles taught in the course.

In 1997 Rebecca Nelson and John Pade began publishing the Aquaponics Journal []. The Aquaponics Journal was the first publicaiton to bring the research and various applications of aquaponics to people around the globe. Nelson and Pade also began offering training and internships at their facility in Mariposa, CA during the 1990s. In 2004 they produced the first video on aquaponics and in 2008, they wrote and published the first comprehensive book on aquaponics, “Aquaponic Food Production.” They are known throughout the industry as leaders for offering training, consulting and sytstems. Nelson and Pade work closely with Dr. Rakocy of the University of the Virgin Islands to bring the research on aquaponics into mainstream agriculture. Now located in Montello, WI, they are expanding their business and are the only full-spectrum provider of aquaponic systems, supplies, training and consulting in the US. []

A graduate of the 2007 University of the Virgin Islands Short Course in Aquaponics, Tim Mann and his wife and partner Susanne started an aquaponics farm (Friendly Aquaponics, Inc) in Hawaii in 2007. This was the first aquaponics farm in the USA to have its produce USDA Organic certified and Food Safety Certified, and is currently shipping 1,600 pounds of its organic lettuce mix and 300 pounds of white tilapia per month. Friendly Aquaponics teaches the “Commercial Aquaponics Training” [7] twice a year to participants worldwide. Attendees have developed their own commercial and educational enterprises based on the information provided in the course.

Five Worm Arugula Mon Performance Mentors

I can imagine 10 or 20 jobs growing out of this project over the next 6 months.

I have offered Worm Mon Arugula Mon performances to Honey Creek,
Deer Creek, Shorewood H.S., La Causa, Jo’s Day Care schools and other
public sites and have been met with astonishing exuberance and close to
“passionate excess” on the part of the students. The worms and other soil
partners stir some deep, deep chord in the children’s minds and hearts.
I have many letters and art expressions offered to “Worm Mon” I can show
you some day.

Here is an effort to chronicle some of this great urban adventure:

A worm bin, arugula and raspberry patch in each and every school by Thanksgiving 2012.

These traveling mentors would present the following to their participating

 The story of…

thoughtfully removed from pile and place, 5 to a 6 inch planting pot

bucket, using the “worm gifts,” i.e. poop, to top off the…

coir and black gold

seeds into the pots and appropriately watering

Traveling Mentors and Support Staff Equip 200 Schools 2010/2011

The mentors could develop support staff to grow the compost, raise the worms,
handle the seedlings, arrange the performances, provide performance with
graphic support, chronicle them with photo, audio, and video coverage, share the
media on you tube, facebook, wiki and other internet enabling platforms.

“Event Planner” Jobs: Worm and Arugula Shows and Plants to Corporate Picnics, Festivals of Spiritual Communities, Fire and Police Houses

One or two full time jobs could be involved in the communications and orchestrations required to present shows but also “product” to these entities.

Employee Lunches At Top 10 Firms, Top 10 Law Firms

Besides visions of training Arugula Garden coaches and Vermiculture Wizzards
For each and every school by 2012, how about we look into conversations with
Human relations bosses at the top 10 companies and top 10 law firms by May Day 2011
To see if they would like to participate by having our Americore/Good WIll teams
Help develop Arugula Gardens for their employee lunch sandwiches and salads?

We can offer these “at cost” and expect some of these highly resourced firms
to contribute big time to the good cause.

Compost Piece: Growing Clean Rich Soil for Urban Agriculture

Here is the start of my effort to outline how 10 jobs in the vermiculture/soil building piece might be grown.

Start with One Organizer and Volunteer Teams for Composting Piece

Here are some tasks for the organizer:

develop a volunteer work team(s) to organize the program

develop volunteer work team(s) to harvest nitrogen carbon for compost piles

monitoring of organizer’s progress with an eye toward providing paid workers to support/advance composting piece

Next items: developing 10 “Meme Production Teams” for Milwaukee Nobel Prize project and 10 vermiculture jobs

Meme Production Teams Organizing Without Organization

Vision: Nobel Peace Prize for Milwaukee and One Mondragon Conservation Development Hybrid Enterprise

I propose to brainstorm the development of meme production teams(google meme, por favor)to include:

These “staffers” would agree to mentor an Americore or Good Will worker for, say, an hour a day of face time per week, developing action scenarios aiming toward putting together a team that down the line wins for Milwaukee a Nobel Prize for peace. Internet time throughout the week would likely be part of a work week.

I suggest a worthy first concrete project would be to explore some efforts that would make Growing Power’s Fall World Conference a great success and win for Milwaukee’s Will Allen the World Food Prize.

Cottage Green Industries in Each and Every Neighborhood

I have visions of “Green Cottage Industries” in each and every neighborhood, where enterprise hosts experiment mentoring one competent, screened apprentice in whichever green arts, crafts, communicate, grow, etc. skills they are blessed with.

I myself, for example, am launching a small plot intensive arugula farm at my worker house 325 E. Euclid Ave., in Bay View, block south of Oklahoma, block east of Howell. I have dreams of inspiring 20 similar mini urban farms over the next 5 years, all over town! If you would like to brainstorm this concept, send me an e-mail:

Merchant Supplier for Green Cottage Industries

In the “proto-industrial” era prior to the rise of the “satanic factories” and “leviathan” office bureaucracies, many, perhaps most, farm families received the materials necessary to do some weaving work while not farming from a merchant in town. The town merchant fronted the materials, delivered them, returned for the finished product, served as quality control inspector, and quite often marketed the farm family finished goods as well.

So if a web of cottage green industries were to emerge in Milwaukee, there would be jobs aplenty supplying these enterprises, performing quality control, and perhaps marketing as well. How many would depend upon how many cottage industries were to grow.

Aspiring to Universal Literacy: Words & Worms

Dear All,

Would it not be a good thing to imagine a city of active citizens
All of whom were functionally literate regarding words read and written…

But also functionally literate regarding worms nourished, raised, and
profoundly valuable making black gold organic soil for sweet backyard food for all!

We must start with our students, young and old, in our schools!


Godsil Bio Sketch

Worker Organizer of New American Movements

Civil Rights

Peace Movement

Neighborhood Movement

Historic Preservation and Artisinal “Guild Development”

Founder and President of Community Roofing & Restoration, Inc., 1975 to current, leading historic restoration firm, co-founder Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, key in saving many historic homes and buildings, including the Pabst Brewery complex and, God willing, the Soldiers Home.

Urban Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Bio-diversity Initiatives

Board Member, Will Allen’s Growing Power. Co-founder and partner in Sweet Water Organics Fish Vegetable Farm. Milwaukee Zoological Society Awardee for work regarding Bonobo Congo Bio-diversity Intiative.

Academic and Communications

Co-founder and Organizer of “Milwaukee Renaissance” On Line Magazine and Movement Resource, 2005 curent; National Science Foundation and Fulbright Fellow; Jesuit Honors Society Alpha Sigma Nu, All But Dissertation Political Science, Univerity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, M.A. St. Louis University Center for Urban Programs. Vanity publisher of Olde Godsil poetry books, “My Milwaukee” and “Forbidden Pleasures of Permaculture in the Holy City of the Sweet Water Seas.”

60th Birthday Well Wishes

“My Child the Self Reliant Family/Clan Food Grower”

Dear All,

Sweet Water Organics has sparked the creation of the Sweet Water Foundation(SWF).

The Sweet Water Foundation has a vision of providing training in the harvesting of wastes
into resources, especially our food and leaf residues into compost for the worms for black
gold soil that allows nutrient rich tasty abundant backyard/front yard/school/spiritual community
vegetable farming and aquaponics systems.

“God willing and with our work, our children will someday provide a high portion of our family protein sources, e.g. fish(someday chickens), and vitamin packed produce!”

It may take many years before Sweet Water Organics can produce fish that compete price wise
with fish from agriculture as usual.

But we are starting right now taking the first of billions of steps eye on the prize of training our youth
to raise their own fish and grow their own fruit and vegetables, for themselves, their families, and,
for some, the community.

Meeting This Thursday re “Milwaukee As the Vermiculture City of America” at Inland Seas School.

Brainstorming such visions at the Sweet Water Night School every day 5 to 7 p.m., but not on Fridays!

Send me an e-mail or call 414 232 1336 for more of this.


to be continued

Easy To Screw Up Complex Technological Systems

Op-Ed Columnist
Drilling for Certainty
Published: May 27, 2010

In the weeks since the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the political debate has fallen into predictably partisan and often puerile categories. Conservatives say this is Obama’s Katrina. Liberals say the spill is proof the government should have more control over industry.

But the real issue has to do with risk assessment. It has to do with the bloody crossroads where complex technical systems meet human psychology.

Over the past decades, we’ve come to depend on an ever-expanding array of intricate high-tech systems. These hardware and software systems are the guts of financial markets, energy exploration, space exploration, air travel, defense programs and modern production plants.

These systems, which allow us to live as well as we do, are too complex for any single person to understand. Yet every day, individuals are asked to monitor the health of these networks, weigh the risks of a system failure and take appropriate measures to reduce those risks.

If there is one thing we’ve learned, it is that humans are not great at measuring and responding to risk when placed in situations too complicated to understand.

In the first place, people have trouble imagining how small failings can combine to lead to catastrophic disasters. At the Three Mile Island nuclear facility, a series of small systems happened to fail at the same time. It was the interplay between these seemingly minor events that led to an unanticipated systemic crash.

Second, people have a tendency to get acclimated to risk. As the physicist Richard Feynman wrote in a report on the Challenger disaster, as years went by, NASA officials got used to living with small failures. If faulty O rings didn’t produce a catastrophe last time, they probably won’t this time, they figured.

Feynman compared this to playing Russian roulette. Success in the last round is not a good predictor of success this time. Nonetheless, as things seemed to be going well, people unconsciously adjust their definition of acceptable risk.

Third, people have a tendency to place elaborate faith in backup systems and safety devices. More pedestrians die in crosswalks than when jay-walking. That’s because they have a false sense of security in crosswalks and are less likely to look both ways.

On the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, a Transocean official apparently tried to close off a safety debate by reminding everybody the blowout preventer would save them if something went wrong. The illusion of the safety system encouraged the crew to behave in more reckless ways. As Malcolm Gladwell put it in a 1996 New Yorker essay, “Human beings have a seemingly fundamental tendency to compensate for lower risks in one area by taking greater risks in another.”

Fourth, people have a tendency to match complicated technical systems with complicated governing structures. The command structure on the Deepwater Horizon seems to have been completely muddled, with officials from BP, Transocean and Halliburton hopelessly tangled in confusing lines of authority and blurred definitions of who was ultimately responsible for what.

Fifth, people tend to spread good news and hide bad news. Everybody wants to be part of a project that comes in under budget and nobody wants to be responsible for the reverse. For decades, a steady stream of oil leaked out of a drill off the Guadalupe Dunes in California. A culture of silence settled upon all concerned, from front-line workers who didn’t want to lose their jobs to executives who didn’t want to hurt profits.

Finally, people in the same field begin to think alike, whether they are in oversight roles or not. The oil industry’s capture of the Minerals Management Service is actually misleading because the agency was so appalling and corrupt. Cognitive capture is more common and harder to detect.

In the weeks and hours leading up to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, engineers were compelled to make a series of decisions: what sort of well-casing to use; how long to circulate and when to remove the heavy drilling fluid or “mud” from the hole; how to interpret various tests. They were forced to make these decisions without any clear sense of the risks and in an environment that seems to have encouraged overconfidence.

Over the past years, we have seen smart people at Fannie Mae, Lehman Brothers, NASA and the C.I.A. make similarly catastrophic risk assessments. As Gladwell wrote in that 1996 essay, “We have constructed a world in which the potential for high-tech catastrophe is embedded in the fabric of day-to-day life.”

So it seems important, in the months ahead, to not only focus on mechanical ways to make drilling safer, but also more broadly on helping people deal with potentially catastrophic complexity. There must be ways to improve the choice architecture — to help people guard against risk creep, false security, groupthink, the good-news bias and all the rest.

This isn’t just about oil. It’s a challenge for people living in an imponderably complex technical society.

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual

Published: NYT, February 1, 2010

In the more than four decades that I have been reading and writing about the findings of nutritional science, I have come across nothing more intelligent, sensible and simple to follow than the 64 principles outlined in a slender, easy-to-digest new book called “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual,” by Michael Pollan.

Mr. Pollan is not a biochemist or a nutritionist but rather a professor of science journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. You may recognize his name as the author of two highly praised books on food and nutrition, “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto” and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.” (All three books are from Penguin.)

If you don’t have the time and inclination to read the first two, you can do yourself and your family no better service than to invest $11 and one hour to whip through the 139 pages of “Food Rules” and adapt its guidance to your shopping and eating habits.

Chances are you’ve heard any number of the rules before. I, for one, have been writing and speaking about them for decades. And chances are you’ve yet to put most of them into practice. But I suspect that this little book, which is based on research but not annotated, can do more than the most authoritative text to get you motivated to make some important, lasting, health-promoting and planet-saving changes in what and how you eat.

Reasons to Change
Two fundamental facts provide the impetus Americans and other Westerners need to make dietary changes. One, as Mr. Pollan points out, is that populations who rely on the so-called Western diet — lots of processed foods, meat, added fat, sugar and refined grains — “invariably suffer from high rates of the so-called Western diseases: obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.” Indeed, 4 of the top 10 killers of Americans are linked to this diet.

As people in Asian and Mediterranean countries have become more Westernized (affluent, citified and exposed to the fast foods exported from the United States), they have become increasingly prone to the same afflictions.

The second fact is that people who consume traditional diets, free of the ersatz foods that line our supermarket shelves, experience these diseases at much lower rates. And those who, for reasons of ill health or dietary philosophy, have abandoned Western eating habits often experience a rapid and significant improvement in their health indicators.

I will add a third reason: our economy cannot afford to continue to patch up the millions of people who each year develop a diet-related ailment, and our planetary resources simply cannot sustain our eating style and continue to support its ever-growing population.

In his last book, Mr. Pollan summarized his approach in just seven words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” The new book provides the practical steps, starting with advice to avoid “processed concoctions,” no matter what the label may claim (“no trans fats,” “low cholesterol,” “less sugar,” “reduced sodium,” “high in antioxidants” and so forth).

As Mr. Pollan puts it, “If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.”

Do you already avoid products made with high-fructose corn syrup? Good, but keep in mind, sugar is sugar, and if it is being added to a food that is not normally sweetened, avoid it as well. Note, too, that refined flour is hardly different from sugar once it gets into the body.

Also avoid foods advertised on television, imitation foods and food products that make health claims. No natural food is simply a collection of nutrients, and a processed food stripped of its natural goodness to which nutrients are then added is no bargain for your body.

Those who sell the most healthful foods — vegetables, fruits and whole grains — rarely have a budget to support national advertising. If you shop in a supermarket (and Mr. Pollan suggests that wherever possible, you buy fresh food at farmers’ markets), shop the periphery of the store and avoid the center aisles laden with processed foods. Note, however, that now even the dairy case has been invaded by products like gunked-up yogurts.

Follow this advice, and you will have to follow another of Mr. Pollan’s rules: “Cook.”

“Cooking for yourself,” he writes, “is the only sure way to take back control of your diet from the food scientists and food processors.” Home cooking need not be arduous or very time-consuming, and you can make up time spent at the stove with time saved not visiting doctors or shopping for new clothes to accommodate an expanding girth.

Although the most wholesome eating pattern consists of three leisurely meals a day, and preferably a light meal at night, if you must have snacks, stick to fresh and dried fruits, vegetables and nuts, which are naturally loaded with healthful nutrients. I keep a dish of raisins and walnuts handy to satisfy the urge to nibble between meals. I also take them along for long car trips. Feel free to use the gas-station restroom, but never “get your fuel from the same place your car does,” Mr. Pollan writes.

Treating Treats as Treats
Perhaps the most important rules to put into effect as soon as possible are those aimed at the ever-expanding American waistline. If you eat less, you can afford to pay more for better foods, like plants grown in organically enriched soil and animals that are range-fed.

He recommends that you do all your eating at a table, not at a desk, while working, watching television or driving. If you’re not paying attention to what you’re eating, you’re likely to eat more than you realize.

But my favorite tip, one that helped me keep my weight down for decades, is a mealtime adage, “Stop eating before you’re full” — advice that has long been practiced by societies as diverse as Japan and France. (There is no French paradox, by the way: the French who stay slim eat smaller portions, leisurely meals and no snacks.)

Practice portion control and eat slowly to the point of satiation, not fullness. The food scientists Barbara J. Rolls of Penn State and Brian Wansink of Cornell, among others, have demonstrated that people eat less when served smaller portions on smaller plates. “There is nothing wrong with special occasion foods, as long as every day is not a special occasion,” Mr. Pollan writes. “Special occasion foods offer some of the great pleasures of life, so we shouldn’t deprive ourselves of them, but the sense of occasion needs to be restored.”

Here is where I can make an improvement. Ice cream has been a lifelong passion, and even though I stick to a brand lower in fat and calories than most, and limit my portion to the half-cup serving size described on the container, I indulge in this treat almost nightly. Perhaps I’ll try the so-called S policy Mr. Pollan says some people follow: “No snacks, no seconds, no sweets — except on days that begin with the letter S.”
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Bring a Date, Perhaps Meet Your Mate, At Sweet Water’s Worm Spa

Location: Sweet Water Night School Store and Agora, 2151 S. Robinson, Bay View
Time: Every Night 5 to 7 p.m.(but not Friday)

Dear All,

I am seeking worm casting stories to help us promote our Sweet Water Vermiculture Fertilizer and Compost Tea. Please send your stories our way. Here’s part of ours:

Worms Are the Heroes of the Urban Agriculture ®Evolution

This January, I and volunteers have been harvesting 8 months work by $500 worth of red wriggler worms purchased last June from Growing Power. The worms worked smart more than hard eating and thereby transforming about $600 worth of Growing Power compost, to which we added lots and lots of bananas, avocados, grapes, and other mushy fruits into their bins during the summer months. This extra source of radiant nitrogen came from the Pic n Sav store on Holt Street.

The power of $75 worth of Growing Power compost on Josh Fraundorf’s Hacket St. driveway was key to the Sweet Water start-up. Josh’s farmer relatives and his wife Jamie’s garden store family were astonished at the taste and size of the tomatoes Josh grew at his raised bed driveway garden.

The worm castings are an even more powerful growing medium, since the worms secrete a chemical compound, methinks calcium carbonate, into the compost soil as it goes through their system, which doubles the beneficial bacteria, nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, and more. We used some worm castings from my back yard worm beds to grow glorious micro greens, e.g. sun flower and radish sprouts, in 6 days.

People tell me that compost tea, made by soaking the casting in a painters bag in 5 gallon bucket of water, is great as a natural fertilizer and insect repellent.

New Jersey’s Terracycle, developed by a few Princeton University students gathered compost material to make into compost tea fertilizer, which is sold in recycled bottles.

Come Buy Our First Worm Casting Offerings at the Sweet Water Night School Store and Agora

Open 6 nights a week, 5 to 7 p.m.

Every night but not Friday

2151 S. Robinson
Bay View Milwaukee
one block west of KK, one block south of Becher

But Can He Cook?

Now that Mother Earth and the most active citizens
Have declared radical homemaking a noble calling…

How about some cooking classes in community kitchens
In sister neighborhoods.

Let’s teach our sons and daughters, ourselves,
How to cook!

Maybe we should mix in tai chi or yoga(why not?)

Worm tending, for that matter.

How about Polish Falcon Hall for Riverwest classes,
And Sweet Water, the Green Room, or the Tulip Complex
For Bay View.

Connected by a $2 twenty minute bus ride on the #11!

Call 414 344 6711 and use easy automated schedule robot voice.

Some great royal red or red batavia Sweet Water lettuce
For first new bus rider on the #11 for a Sister Neighborhood
local economies transaction.

Stop over to the Sweet Water Night School Store and Agora
5 to 7 p.m. 6 days a week(everyday but not Friday)
if interested.


3rd Sweet Water Perch Auction Party, January 20th, 5 to 8 p.m.

2151 S. Robinson(one block west of KK, one block south of Becher)

We will also be pre-selling “perch in the round” for $5 per fish, and

Showing off our lovely fish, plants, and worm enhanced soil.

Consider Renting Parts of the Tulip Complex Adjoined Next Door!

We’ll share visions for persons/groups who might profit from renting parts of the
Tulip Complex immediately to the North of Sweet Water.

$5 donation at the door

Call 414 232 1336 if questions

See front page stories(please scroll down a bit)
for more information regarding our auctions.

May 1st Timbuktu Sweet Water Bus Party Haiti Benefit

Dear All,

May 1st is the day Catholics celebrate the miracle of Mary Mother of Christ.

May 1st is the day progressives celebrate the miracle of people’s movements these past 150 years.

May 1st is the anniversary of the Bay View Massacre, which involves a moving ceremony at the historic marker for the event, organized by union people.

What say we focus on a Timbuktu Sweet Water benefit for Gigi’s Haiti project on May 1st, and connect the two events with a bus party?


The Bay View Massacre (sometimes also referred to as the Bay View Tragedy) was the culmination of events that began on Saturday May 1, 1886 when 7,000 building-trades workers joined with 5,000 Polish laborers who had organized at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to strike against their employers, demanding an eight-hour work day.

By Monday, these numbers had increased to over 14,000 workers that gathered at the Milwaukee Iron Company rolling mill in Bay View. They were met by 250 National Guardsmen under order from Governor Jeremiah M. Rusk to “shoot to kill” any strikers who attempted to enter. Workers camped in the nearby fields and the Kosciuszko Militia arrived by May 4. Early the next day the crowd, which by this time contained children, approached the mill and were fired upon. Seven people died as a result, including a thirteen-year-old boy.[1] Several more were injured during the protest.

Thanks wikipedia!

Youth Haiti Project linked With Rumi and Hafiz Presentation?

Dear All,

Gigi Pomerantz has worked miracles with wastes through compost toilets in Haiti,
And she is has deep roots in Milwaukee and Haiti movement enterprise and circles.

Would anyone be up for an on-line brainstorm, along with appropriately timed meetings
Eye on the prize of helping Haiti now with a Sweet Water and Timbuktu benefit, but also learning from Gigi
How to help ourselves and Haiti with the lessons she has learned turning wastes into resources.

Maybe a bus party from Timbuktu to Sweet Water to connect events at both places?


P.S. Karen Kolberg and Sky Schultz will be visiting the Sweet Water Night School Store and Agora
this coming Monday at 5:30 p.m. to talk about an evening with Hafiz and Rumi. Perhaps some drum circles,
music, and Haiti slide shows of Gigi’s project might make the Rumi Hafiz gathering extend to a longer
time, with earlier arrivals or later departures. Join in!

Eco Village Urban Agriculture Aquaponics 100 Worker Projects

I’m trying to create a document that offers guidelines for growing “eco village urban agriculture aquaponics villages employing 100″ in our transitioning industrial era cities.

Here is the start of my effort to outline how 10 jobs in the vermiculture/soil building piece might be grown.

Growing Clean Rich Soil for Urban Agriculture

Start with One Organizer and Volunteer Teams for Composting Piece

Here are some tasks for the organizer:

develop a volunteer work team(s) to organize the program

develop volunteer work team(s) to harvest nitrogen carbon for compost piles

monitoring of organizer’s progress with an eye toward providing paid workers to support/advance composting piece

Adding Vermiculture to the Project

to be continued

Sister Neighborhood Bus Parties for Fun and Growing Local Economies

Hey Bill,

Do you know of 3 others who might consider joining you and me,
assuming you are amenable, in brainstorming the crafting of
bus parties b/t Bay View and Riverwest, eye on the prize of
having fun while forging local economic connections?

It is so easy to go by bus on Howard and/or KK to Riverwest,
takes 20 minutes and the ride is very, very interesting and
even inspiring, given all of the new good things along what is
actually something of a river route, e.g. KK and Milwaukee Rivers.

Maybe we should also connect with Shorewood, Eastside, Harambee,
and Brewers Hills citizens and small business workers.


Sweet Water Sunday Night School Focus on Internet Empowerment of Aquaponic Projects

David Johnson of Friedens Pantry and Bucketworks’ IT Man back in the day is ready to work with people to set up some state of the art internet work stations at Sweet Water.

Stop over to the Sweet Water Night School this Sunday 5 to 7 p.m. if interested.
Tuition: You gotta buy a $5 fish.

Sweet Water Saturday Night School Focus on Worms and Rain Forest Projects

Dear All,

It has dropped from the 50s to the 40s at Sweet Water,
And I’m hoping for some help to move the worms from
inside bins lacking adequate nitrogen carbon “fire”
to the giant outdoor compost piles.

I’m hoping someone will volunteer to read aloud as we
sift through the 23 worm bins at Sweet Water, separating
the worms from what is now close to 90% castings,
gloriously powerful growing medium I would barter for
with those who will work upon “Little Red Hen” principles.

I also would enjoy sharing some rain forest project possibilities
With anyone so inclined.

Please call me at 414 232 1336 or e-mail

Tuition: You gotta buy a $5 fish.


Announcing Godsil’s Sweet Water Night School, Store, and Forum

Become a Mentor, Vendor, and/or Soap Box Orator

I have decided to moonlight during as many evening hours at Sweet Water as is appropriate. Most evenings from:

5 to 6 p.m.

9 to 10 p.m.

Call me at 414 232 1336 to set up a time for your visit.

Buy a Fish and Come on In!

To be welcomed at Godsil’s Sweet Water Night School, Store, and Forum requires you pre-purchase for $5 a perch or tilapia “in the round,” i.e. you bring a chest or ice bag, we bag the fish for you(and teach you how to fillet it), and you take it home.

I am looking for people with things to sell at the store; bodies of knowledge to teach; and causes to promote either at the soap box corner or on-line with help, if you need it, from our internet empowerment mentors.

Please send an e-mail to if you would like to brainstorm this concept or join with me others at the auction tomorrow night to advance this project.

Sweet Water Night School and Store’s First Two Artists: Muneer Bahauddeen and Jeff Redmon

Ceramic Tiles by Muneer Bahauddeen

Here’s a bit on Muneer from the Story Hill Newsletter:

Muneer Bahauddeen is a Milwaukee-area artist who is well known for his work in ceramics. Muneer has taught ceramic sculpture at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, the University of Wisconsin-Madison at Rhinelander, and at the University School of Milwaukee. He has also participated in a number of area public art projects and has worked with Artists Working in Education, Inc. to bring art enrichment programs to children in Milwaukee.

Bahauddeen has led the creation of adinkra symbols in ceramic tiles for Walnut Street bridge parapets. He worked with selected students from the Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts, which is located just east of the overpass to design and create these tiles. The ceramic tiles are colorful
symbols selected by the students and will represent the proud heritage of Walnut Street and its residents and merchants. There will be 78 ceramic tile art pieces created - 39 on each side of the bridge.

Bahauddeen’s total contract amount to design and create the ceramic tiles is $67,320, including materials cost and delivery. Installation cost of the ceramic tiles is $36,000.

Sweet Water Artist in Residence and Green Room Founder Jeff Redmon

A key element of the Sweet Water “miracle” is the art of Jeff Redmon, whose lovely murals grace many of the towering walls of Sweet Water’s interior. Jeff has also created the Green Room behind Sweet Water, which will be a work station and gathering place for artists and culture creatives. Here’s Jeff’s web site:

Hope to see you soon at Sweet Water!


Key Urban Ag Workers On Michelle Obama’s Impact


Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) has a long history of growing community through urban gardens. Michelle Obama reinforced the work and programs of DUG through planting an organic garden on the White House lawn, by engaging youths in the garden, and with commitment to translate the experience for the youths into healthy eating and living. Certainly DUG saw increased interest and participation in community gardens and urban agriculture, as well as an overwhelming number of applicants for the Master Community Gardener Training Program. Moreover, DUG finds that with the heightened visibility in the media of the need for stronger food systems, including urban agriculture, there is growing support among citizens, urban planners, and funders for community gardens and related programs.

Tori Ford
Community Initiatives Coordinator
3377 Blake Street, Suite 113
Denver, Colorado 80205
office: 303–292–9900
fax: 303–292–9911

Kansas City

I think she has given us credibility and gotten some people who hadn’t taken plain old food seriously to think that maybe they should take it seriously! And, all of our hopes are up that she will continue to deepen her support for local, healthy food.

Katherine Kelly

Executive Director, Farmer

KC Center for Urban Agriculture


My answer to your question – is yes! It is absolutely important that our nation’s leaders not only understand the issues concerning hunger but that there are may ways to address those challenges to include a return to the idea of people being more sufficient in growing at least part of the foods they eat through back yard gardening, community gardening and supporting local growers in our communities. It is an imperative that our leaders not only understand that hunger is real in America but that the way we have been growing our foods through large cooperate farming, and reliance on heavy processing or our foods creates:

Having the example of our nation’s presidential family growing food and consuming the food is a wonderful example to set for everyone – urban and rural. I have noticed a significant increase of people seeking Urban Harvest’s assistance in both Community Gardening efforts and home gardening start ups. More than one person has mentioned that they liked the idea of the garden at the White House. I think it gives our work justification and allows us to point out to others what Michelle Obama is doing and why she is doing it. I really hope to see more people such as governors, and people that hold elected office look for ways to address these issues instead of just playing politics with our health through food policy that favors profit over reality.

If I can be of any other assistance—please let me know.

Bruce Edwards
Urban Harvest Director
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

New York Metro Area

here in NY city, some key players are
Just Food
East NY Farms
Added Value
La Famlia Verde

Martin’s Helpful List,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


Hi James,

It is great to hear from you. I have put your request into Tony Geraci, Baltimore City Public Schools director of Food and Nutrition Services as well.

For one, the First Lady’s project has significantly fanned the flames of the already growing curiosity around food, farming, and everything in between. We feel this curiosity daily as we engage visiting young people, their teachers and community at Great Kids Farm in hands on work with food. No doubt you well know that one of the beautiful things about the good food revolution, as I’ve heard Will call it, is that once one is curious about it one is sure to be converted. Once one is aware of the joy and nourishment that can be had through growing your own or becoming part of your local food community, one will find a way to bring good food into one’s life.

Others have told me that they sold more vegetable seedlings at farmers markets last spring than ever before, which is no small thing for the well-being of the small farm community. These are not all liberal loving folks, but they attribute this in great part to the publicity around Mrs. Obama’s garden.

This is what first comes to mind. I’d be happy to discuss any of this further with you on the phone at your convenience or via e-mail. Keep on breaking the ice up there in Milwaukee. We love what you do,


Greg Strella
Farm Manager
Baltimore City Public Schools
Great Kids Farm at the Bragg Nature Center
717 350.3730 (cell)
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Sweet Water Invite to Donna Schlieman, the Mother of Milwaukee’s Historic Preservation Movement

Dear Donna,

Hope you will come someday to feel the warmth of the low winter sun
streaming into the historic golden thread factory building
Now home to 45,000 tilapia and 3,000 perch, equal numbers of plants,
Millions of worms and billions of beneficial bacteria,
Soon to yield the bounty of sweet water, pure soil, and light!

Inspired by your Mothering the Milwaukee Historic Preservation Movement,


IBM Smart Cities Support for Grand Alliance to Foster Good Food Skills and Culture in Smart Schools

I think the Hawthorne effect should not be underestimated regarding the
harnessing of the IBM connectivity opportunity to urban ag community inroads
into schools at all levels, from day care on up through the universities: good
for student learning, teacher learning, and new job growth.

Putting a bright light on which teachers and which schools are embracing
smart schools feeding students better and “smart schools help awaken communities
to healthy food” would accelerate the day when 10% of our schools had aquaponics
miniatures, raised bed gardens, and vermiculture experiments.

Realizing that goal would develop higher value added urban ag skills among teachers
and some of their “star” agrarian students, both of whom could be connected with food garden projects for homes, business, and community projects.

Such newly skilled teachers and students could also become actors in an intensified
push for eco-tourism in Milwaukee. Visitors who love to visit Sweet Water and Growing
Power would also very much enjoy visiting school projects like Matt Ray’s Fernwood project, Alice’s Garden enhanced with school partners, Concordia gardens, and more.

Changing the School Culture in the Smart Cities project over the next 5 or 10 years could
provide the “bench strength” for urban ag/aqua project teams of increasing depth and reach.

Background Reading for Sweet Water Interns and Volunteers

Here are some projects for consideration by Sweet Water “enterprise centers” or Sweet Water “rep teams”

Here’s a link to some concept notes to help you orient yourself:

I suggest you start with a radio interview, #19, and then when the Spirit moves you, take your
time and check in slowly, at your leisure, no rush…

  1. 21, 22, 23, 25, and 1.

Here are some pictures of our Foundation’s work:

27,000 Sq. Ft. Aquaponics Farm Heated by Aenorobic Digester

Wild Flower Moments

“Harvesting Sweet Water Fields 2011″ experiments I’m working on.

The “fields” in question involve the:

Camps for Elders

These projects will hopefully become “profit centers” within Sweet Water

Organics or perhaps the Foundation. They may also become enterprise
centers in the networked fields Sweet Water and the Milwaukee Urban Agriculture

®Evolution is helping advance.

Pick a day that works for you if you are interested in this.

Milwaukee/Chicago Aquaponics Industries in Support of Arab Popular Revolutions and Western Healing From Oil Addiction

Thomas Friedman is probably quite close to Rom Emanuel.

Emanuel is still very close to our President.

Sweet Water’s Emmanuel Pratt is now sinking rich, thick, extensive roots in
Chicago and will soon be in rich conversation with Rom Emanuel or some of his
close advisers.

All three are all now ready to discover this fact.

Aquaponics provides many answers to the critical challenges
of our day, especially as they pertain to the calamitous consequences
of Wetern oil addiction.

Friedman has provided us with a nice outline of why aquaponics for
arid nations, especially arid Arab nations, is in perfect pitch with the times.

Aquaponics In Support of Arab Popular Revolutions

Aquaponics contributes greatly to all of the great challenges the Arab Popular
Revolutions must address:

If we wish to increase the chances for today’s Arab world revolutions to
support humanity’s adaptations, we would do well to accelerate
the diffusion of natural, labor intensive, highly productive, small space
urban agriculture and aquaponics innovations.

Self reliance in food procurement, within a supportive community of practice,
is the key to dignity and health, for individuals and communities.

Emerging Milwaukee Urban Agriculture/Aquaponics Export Industry/Movement

There is now something of a grand alliance in Milwaukee paving the
way for the export of the art, science, and commerce of urban agriculture

Here are just some of the partners to this emerging industry’s champions:

Growing Power, Sweet Water, UW School of Fresh Water Sciences,
Walnut Way, Alice’s Garden, the Victory Garden Initiative, UW-Extension,
MSOE, UWM, the Water Council, MIAD, and many more!

It is fitting that we support this grand alliances inspiring us to live more creatively and compactly in earth friendly ways. We will create jobs for Milwaukee citizens, harvest our currently “wasted resources,” e.g. empty buildings, vacant lots, and urban waste tsreams, and sub-employed young and old citizens, and play an important role in our quest for world peace, justice,
and mindul, earth friendly living.


Milwaukee Public School Teachers: Public Servants In the Trenches

I owe an incalculable debt to Milwaukee Public School teachers.
Not just for their tireless gifts of mind and love to my family
that would have gone under without them.

But also for their gifts to my struggling city this past generation,
which has been profoundly in need of their steadfast
day in day out teaching of our children deeply challenged by
a myriad of injustices rooted in our very flawed social fabric
and shameful historic legacies.

Milwaukee public school teachers, like our other public servants,
are in for a protracted struggle against very powerful forces,
material and ideological. And so are the rest of us!

We are all Egyptians!

Consolidating the democratic aspects of our imperfect institutions
is a never ending challenge in the face of greed, ignorance, and
arbitrary power.

Our school teachers and public servants are in the lead today.

Viva, the Milwaukee Public School Teachers!
Viva, Wisconsin’s Public Servants!


Our Coming Good Boom

A myriad of cities, across the world,
Are co-creating the coming good boom.

The good booms of these smart cities
Will evolve because we thought it out.

We’re testing our best offerings,
and learning as we go.

Thousands of us,
In every smart city of the planet.

And we’re connecting with one another,
Better than ever before.

Good boomers!

Here’s a full length book by an economist with soul,
Doug Booth, exploring the reasons for and the nature of
the coming good boom.


Grace Lee Boggs Story on the Naming of Sweet Water

Milwaukee’s Sweet Water Organics

By James Godsil


Michigan Citizen, Dec. 12–18, 2010

JAMES GODSIl is a roofer, poet, civic entrepreneur and visionary. An activist in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam war movement in the 1960s, he has been a National Science Foundation and Fulbright fellow, an awardee for work related to the Bonobo Congo Bio-diversity Initiative, and the Board President of ESHAC, Inc., a community development corporation.

A board member of Growing Power Inc., 2005- 2010, he is the founder and webmaster of Milwaukee Renaissance, founder and president of Community Roofing & Restoration, Inc., and also co-founder of Sweet Water Organics.

The father of Rachel Godsil, Megan Godsil Jeyifo, Joseph and Bridie Godsil, he envisions the charismatic cities of the Sweet Water Seas (Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Toronto) collaborating to win a bio-regional Nobel Prize for Peace.

He and his partners invite on-line brainstorming around the miniaturization of Sweet Water Aquaponics systems for use in schools, museums, as well as small home systems and small businesses- GLB

Much of the story of Sweet Water is contained in the serendipitous power of the name.

Five or so years back, a polyglot group began “bathing Milwaukee in Rumi” through Milwaukee Renaissance on-line broadcasts and astonishing performances at Club Timbuktu, an African music and culture venue.

Michael Macey, a Sufi priest and enlightened State Department cultural attache, was thrilled that 30 of us had gathered at Riverwest’s Woodland Pattern poetry bookstore. So he e-mailed us from Saudi Arabia offering us a Rumi reading upon returning to his beloved community in Milwaukee and a small farm a bit north.

The next morning, he was besides himself with joyful visions upon experiencing the magic of Will Allen and his Growing Power team.

Will and Macey “recognized” one another. Macey orchestrated Will’s Address to the Royal Academy in London and a year later a visit by some of London’s top “urban agrarians” to Growing Power projects in Milwaukee, Chicago, and New York.

At some point during all this, Macey told me that the First Americans named what we call the Great Lakes.the “Sweet Water Seas!” This concept sparked a Sweet Water vision, i.e., the collaboration of planetary citizens, first in the cities of the Great Lakes, then the world beyond, to advance a new technology called Aquaponics to renew our soil, our water, cities, our selves!

Milwaukee is greatly blessed with the ingredients required to co-create these fish veggie farms in historic factories and their yards for local markets.

Key to the initial inspiration was the historic partnership of Will Allen’s Growing Power and Fred Binkowski’s Great Lakes Water Institute, a link sparked by Jon Bales and Leon Todd of the Urban Aquaculture Center.

Growing Power has connected hundreds, even thousands, of Milwaukee citizens to the Good Food (R) evolution, including myself and the other two original partners of Sweet Water Organics, Josh Fraundorf, and Steve Lindner.

The Great Lakes Water Institute is funded by the Wisconsin Sea Grant Foundation to re-populate the Great Lakes with native fish and enable Aquaculture and Aquaponics to become, quite possibly, major 21st century industries.

Will has often said that Milwaukee is destined to become the urban agriculture city of America. Fred has proclaimed Milwaukee the likely urban aquaponic city of America.

Their teams, along with a deeply-rooted urban agriculture movement that includes the Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Network, the Victory Garden Initiative, Walnut Way, the Urban Ecology Center, Alice’s Garden, Mother Jan’s Riverwest projects, UW-Extension projects, Michael Field Institute, Center for Resilience, Well Spring, and more (!), provide the spirit and information necessary to explore whether the highest yielding form of urban agriculture, Aquaponics, can also help us grow a “higher humanity!”

So Sweet Water is an enterprise whose creatives stand on the shoulders of ying and yang giants!

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