On this page…

  1. Excavating Emails Advancing Sweet Water Foundation
  2. Video Clip: Aquaponics As a Social Movement
  3. Sweet Water Foundation Launches Aquapon Badge Program
  4. Sign up now
  5. On Line Training For Needed Competencies: Water, Fish, Plants, and System Design/Maintenance
  6. How Aquaponics Works
  7. Rough Draft on Globalizing Mission of Sweet Water Foundation
  8. Godsil Report Jan. 30, 2014 SWF Board
  9. Emmanuel Pratt Fall 2013 Update
  10. Milwaukee Director Jesse Blom Summary of Sweet Water “Plan”
    1. 10.1  Blom On Badge Program
  11. Emmanuel Pratt Presents At Big Apple “Creative Times Summit”
  12. Inspiring Report On Sweet Water Kerela India Collaboration
  13. A Major UN Aquaponics Project In Gaza
  14. Victoria Pratt On Urban Farming As Sacred Labor
  15. Finally, A Comfoods Conversation About Aquaponics
  16. Sweet Water Aquagardens at Ikea?
  17. Sweet Water Story Nationally Shared: PBS TV Growing a Greener World and Complex TV
  18. SWF Director Pratt re Children and Aquaponics Stories For Book
  19. Revenue Streams For Aquaponics Teachers & Top Students?
  20. Jesuit High School Science Teacher Inspired by Aquaponics Demo Promise
  21. Farmeries: Where You Pick The Food You Buy, From Neighborhood Shipping Containers
  22. India May Provide Substantial Share of Intellectual Capital for Aquaponics
  23. Jesuit or Ivy Schools To Win 5 in 5, 10, or 20 Competition?
  24. Sweet Water Foundation(SWF) Prodigy Nick Montezon to Your European Project?
  25. Emmanuel Pratt and Jesse Blom Summary of Badge Program Links
    1. 25.1  Bill Clinton Signs On To Badges
  26. Sweet Water Community(SWC) Progress In Mumbai, India
  27. Badge Training Endorsed by Rahm Emanuel & Arne Duncan, Secretary U.S. Dept. Education
    1. 27.1  Badge Program 1.0
  28. Executive Director Emmanuel Pratt on Sweet Water Foundation Recent Breakthroughs, Spring, 2013
  29. Media Celebrations of Sweet Water Foundation’s Nick Montezon
  30. Milwaukee Sweet Water Foundation Director Jesse Blom Updates
    1. 30.1  On ABCD Partnerships
  31. Dickson Despommier Recommends Sweet Water Foundation & Emmanuel Pratt
  32. Letter To Sweet Water Tour Inquirers
  33. Information For New “Partners” re our “Partners” And Mentors
  34. Sweet Water’s Founding Vision
  35. Sweet Water for the Founding Convention of the Aquaponics Association, Orlando, 2010
  36. IBM Highlights Aquaponics As Key to “Organic City Revolution”
  37. Harvard Business Review on Sweet Water
  38. The Commercial and ®Evolutionary Classes: Sweet Water Complexities
  39. Foundational Sweet Water Visions: Commercialize, Democratize, and Globalize Aquaponics Experiments
  40. Letter To Potential Investor
  41. India Visit 2011 Sustaining Projects 2013
  42. Media Supporting Need For “Great Work”

Excavating Emails Advancing Sweet Water Foundation

Email Records

Video Clip: Aquaponics As a Social Movement

http://www.bastamag.net/spip.php?page=videos&id_article=1134

Sweet Water Foundation Launches Aquapon Badge Program

Sign up now! It’s free life skills training. www.aquapons.info

Please see a rough instructional manual for a 10-gallon aquarium tank-turned aquaponics system on our www.aquapons.info educational site:

http://aquapons.info/badge/junior-apprentice/design-build-lv-1/systems-thinking-lv-1/jr-db-activity-3/

click on the link that says “SWF 10-gallon model”

On Line Training For Needed Competencies: Water, Fish, Plants, and System Design/Maintenance

How Aquaponics Works


I see a great round wonder rolling through the air, a great ring of pure and endless light, a still point in the turning world. Whitman, Vaughan, and Eliot could so witness even before experiencing the lightening inspiration of an aquaponics small world growing fish, plants, and a higher humanity.

Here is some of my background story

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCiCfu-wtqQ

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/JamesGodsil

Here’s a months worth of my open source collaborations:

August 2013


Rough Draft on Globalizing Mission of Sweet Water Foundation

Sweet Water Foundation a Major Institutional Node of Global Network of Aquaponics Experimenters

Start Up Globalizing Vision

Despite skepticism from many of the original board members, the co-founders of the Sweet Water
Foundation advanced the concept of cultivating and connecting a world wide web of aquaponics experimenters, focused on developing aquaponics miniatures, i.e. “Apples,” in schools and households. Dr. Gay Reinartz of the Milwaukee Zoological Society’s Bonobo and Congo Biodiversity Initiative was an early board member, and the power of digital connectivity allowed for productive communications with early urban agriculturalists across the waters, including Ben Reynolds of London Sustain, Marielle Dubbeling of RUAF Foundation-International, Charlie Price of Aquaponics UK, Bas de Groot of Rotterdam, Roman Gaus of Zurich, and Glen Martinez, Olomano Gardens in Hawaii. In January 2011, the SWF was organizing what may have been the first “One World Aquaponics” workshop, and in that same year the State Department organized a 5 city American Speakers Series trip for sharing aquaponics possibilities for food security in water challenged regions. Founder James Godsil was on the plenary panel of the first Aquaponics Association gathering in Orlando, Fall of 2011.

Digitally Enhanced, Connected, and Credentialed AQUAPONS

SWF’s global mission received a great boost when the MacArthur Mozilla Foundations awarded Emmanuel Pratt’s and Jesse Blom’s aquaponics pedagogy programs in over 20 Milwaukee and Chicago schools a major grant to develop a digital badging and credentialing program. The SWF AQUAPONS project gathered and organized knowledge domains regarding fish, plants, water, and system design into learning modules for a credentialling process, from junior apprentice to master aquapon. This venture was enthusiastically endorsed by two major Asian partners, Dr. Subra Mukherjee of India, and David Li, of China, who also joined an exchange with UN FAO Chris Sommerville’s Gaza project. The UN Global Compact Cities Program, already a supporter, encouraged two of their key researchers, Lulia Laidlow and Dr. Nicholas Rose, to visit the SWF Chicago and Milwaukee centers and school installations, with an eye toward a global community of aquaponics experimenters accelerating the pathway leading to 1% of the world’s schools with aquaponics demos, soon to be “smart systems,” with the support of Kenya and Oakland’s Eric Maundu. Many other projects and partners will be shared at this platform over time.

Aquaponics As Art and Living Text for Major Public Places, e.g. airports and World Museums

The SWF director Emmanuel Pratt’s recent aquaponics as art installations at the Chicago Water Tower Gallery and Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as plans for “Hacking Hunger” with the marriage of aquaponics and the makers movement with the Museum of Science and Industry, has inspired the vision of aquaponics demos in the world’s museums, airports, and, why not, at major
public places like the Vatican and UN Building grounds. Our work with the Worm Farm Institute, Milwaukee School of Engineering, and the Illinois Institute of Technology on mobile display and teaching resources, e.g. culture wagons and touring eco-buses, stands a chance of substantially augmenting this conception.

Godsil Report Jan. 30, 2014 SWF Board

(l)Advancing Digitally Enhanced Aquaponics Demo Equipped Culture Wagons

This involves collaborations with the Worm Farm Institute, Illinois Institute of Technology, and MSOE, for now. View these as knowledge and inspiration mobile schools that may someday be at some world heritage sites.

Photoshopped by Emmanuel Pratt

(2) Agroecological Tours and Training

My main hope is that our school partners can earn revenues for their aquaponics demos
and teach ecopreneurial skills to their students by hosting paid visitors. But I have also advanced the concept for our community garden and organic farming partners, including Dr. Subra Mukherjee’s Indo American Aquaponics Institute Mumbai and West Bengal projects. http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/IndoAmericanAquaponicsInstitute/HomePage

(3) Earth Renaissance Wiki Platform to Globalize & Democratize Aquaponics

I have created a wiki platform to house collaboration experiments with our “partners” across the nation and the world. These include projects we have played or will play a role in developing, including the Food Mill Project in D.C., a Nigerian demo that connected Robby Uppal and NJ Unaka, experiments in Tanzania, Haiti, Shanghai, St. Louis, Troy Mills, N.H., the Esalen Community, Gingerbread Land of Milwaukee’s First Street, the World Water Center’s NEW Work project, and conceivably a teleconferencing resource at the Euclid House garage.

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/EarthRenaissance/HomePage

Emmanuel Pratt Fall 2013 Update

We are currently transforming a formerly vacant shoe warehouse into a dynamic learning environment that provides a centralized location for students and faculty to engage in urban agricultural and ecologically inspired research projects. This project helps the University expand current programs by creating a place where learning, community outreach, and research intersect in a productive and cohesive manner to produce the next generation of community leaders while providing 21st century career paths and promoting safer, healthier environments for low income communities. Centered upon the fundamental concept of turning wastes into a community resource, we address such topics as community and economic development, health/wellness concerns, the STEAM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics), and environmental stewardship concerning local and global themes of food, soil, water, and energy. Ultimately, the Aquaponics Center serves as a resource and training center addressing nutrition and health issues facing inner city communities and 21st century workforce preparedness.

Increasingly we are experiencing that the work that we have been conducting exploring the implications of Urban Agriculture and Aquaponics on the spatial transformation of the built environment and informing a new 21st Century Paradigm of Planning and Policy has become the focus of a growing body of publications and ongoing grounded/built experimental projects. Please see page 21 of the document attached for my contribution in the publication from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers as part of a special addition publication themed Controlled Environment Agriculture: Finding Paths to Feed the World. This publication was the result of a network of individuals building upon the momentum from the National Science Foundation funded Challenges in Vertical Farming Workshop (http://challengesinverticalfarming.org/).

There is far too much to share in this email, so I will provide a snapshot via these links , videos, and photo galleries highlighting the work:

Featured Speaker at Creative Times Summit at NYU

http://creativetime.org/summit/overview/ | http://creativetime.org/summit/2013/10/26/emmanuel-pratt/

Featured Lab in Chicago Ideas Week

https://www.chicagoideas.com/events/280

Chicago Magazine: How to Turn a Vacant Building into an Urban Farm

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/April-2013/2013-Green-Awards-Emmanuel-Pratt/

Complex TV: Toyota Avalon Bold Moves TV Series

http://www.complex.com/tv/shows/bold-moves/emmanuel-pratt-bold-moves-series

PBS Growing a Greener World: Aquaponics and Mushroom Growing

http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/aquaponics-mushroom-growing/

NBC Nightly News: Greener Planet Showcase Series

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/40202285#40202285

SWF AQUAPONS Digital Badge-Based Program (supported by MacArthur Foundation,Mozilla Foundation, Gates Foundation, and Clinton Global Initiative)

https://www.hastac.org/dml-badges/Sweet-Water-%28AQUAPONS%29

Milwaukee TedX talk: Safe spaces through Regenerative Placemaking

http://www.tedx-milwaukee.com/emmanuel-pratt/

IBM Smarter Cities Milwaukee: Smarter Cities Feed Themselves

http://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cityDCD/Urban-Agriculture/IBMSmarterCitiesChallenge-Milw.pdf

Chicago Ideas Week: The MYCELIA Project Living Learning Laboratory

https://www.chicagoideas.com/events/280

Hyde Park Arts Center: The MYCELIA Project Artist Residency

http://www.hydeparkart.org/the-residency/past-residencies/2011

SWF General photo gallery

https://plus.google.com/photos/100043881418669189803/albums/5920370683839093457?authkey=CMWKqqHflsW2mQE

Sample examples of scales of installation projects for educational/residential vs commercial projects (see attached)

Long story short, I have quickly come to find myself a leader in the field of Urban Agriculture/Aquaponics as the work has captured the attention of the Directors of Education from MacArthur Foundation and Mozilla Foundations, the Deputy Secretary and Director of Food and Nutritional Services for the USDA, the Director of Faith Based and Neighborhood Participation of the US Department of Education, and a host of organizations across the public and private sectors nationally and internationally who are examining the future of research, education, and economy in the 21st century.

At Chicago State University we are transforming a formerly vacant shoe warehouse into a dynamic learning environment that provides a centralized location for students and faculty to engage in urban agricultural and ecologically inspired research projects, conduct community outreach, support technology transfer workshops, and provide meeting and work space for students, faculty, teachers, gardening clubs, and other community groups. With grant support from the USDA and the US Department of Education, this project helps the university expand current programs by creating a place where learning, community outreach, and research intersect in a productive and cohesive manner to produce the next generation of community leaders while providing 21st century career paths and promoting safer, healthier environments for low income communities.

My work at Chicago State’s Aquaponics Center is a direct extension and builds upon the momentum of years of work as Executive Director of Sweet Water Foundation where we have been developing intergenerational and interdisciplinary educational programming for sustainability with a focus on the potential of urban agriculture and aquaculture in the 21st century setting. Centered upon the fundamental concept of turning wastes into a community resource, we address such topics as community and economic development, health/wellness concerns, the STEAM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics), and environmental stewardship concerning local and global themes of food, soil, water, and energy. Our multi-faceted approach opens up discussions on the future of cities by allowing the student to think critically about the environment and food production methods for a sustainable planet.

While the Aquaponics Center provides a unique hands-on learning environment supporting the development of our Urban Agriculture/Ecology track option for CSU students, we also use the Aquaponics Center as a way to reach thousands of area grade school and high school students as well as the greater community at large, particularly in economically depressed neighborhoods. Ultimately, the Aquaponics Center serves as a resource and training center addressing nutrition and health issues facing inner city communities and 21st century workforce preparedness.

However, perhaps one of the most fascinating projects is the potential transformation of an old Firehouse (targeting 2016) into a Makers Space bridging the Aquaponics/Urban Ag world with a myriad of new manufacturing/production methods. See concept renderings attached. This development project is right in the heart of a major community economic development model straddling both the public and private sectors that is emerging in the thick of Englewood where Whole Foods just announced they will be breaking ground. I am currently working with one landscape architecture and an architecture studio with the Illinois Institute of Technology on a number of design-build projects including this site but would love to discuss how to potential re-engage you and your students in this process as well.

Editors note: if you are interested in the Ennglewood Makers Space project I can send you renderings. godsil.james@gmail.com

Milwaukee Director Jesse Blom Summary of Sweet Water “Plan”

On our internal team at Sweet Water Foundation (www.sweetwaterfoundation.com), we have three very active agents.

Emmanuel Pratt, Executive Director
Jesse Blom, Milwaukee Director
James Godsil, Co-founder

We rely heavily on our “Sweet Water Community” of hundreds of individuals around the world, with whom we work in partnership to complete our projects. Very strong relationships among many communities - this is our core strength.

Our plan is to:

  • Democratize
  • Globalize
  • Commercialize

Urban agriculture techniques. We are currently heavily focused on aquaponics, which as you have seen is the basis for www.aquapons.info. We built this website with a great investment from the MacArthur Foundation and Mozilla to help with realize the goals stated above. We want to develop as many “aquapons” as possible throughout the globe, relying on digital media and technology to advance our work, towards empowering and transforming our industrial cities into ecological cities.

Blom On Badge Program

We have been working on aquaponics as an educational and community development tool in Milwaukee and Chicago for the past several years. We have implemented miniature aquaponics projects in schools, community centers, universities, and households in over 30 locations now between the two cities.

We have developed some curriculum to support the teachers who use aquaponics in the classroom and for individuals who are learning on their own. That was the impetus for www.aquapons.info

The site is in its primary, pilot phase - we hope that it will develop into an attractive, dynamic tool for learning and achievement to be recognized through digital badges, so we can demonstrate the skills gained through aquaponics. We also hope that it can be a dynamic information hub for the topic.

Have you had a chance to check out the site? Let us know what you think. In the next phase of development, we would like to engage partners like yourself to help with a larger-scale rollout.

https://uclass.org/

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/

There is a place for us in all of this. We also look at linda.com as a really good model to use for our type of service

Some suggest the worth of http://scorm.com/scorm-explained/

Emmanuel Pratt Presents At Big Apple “Creative Times Summit”

Overview:
http://creativetime.org/summit/overview/

Pratt:
http://creativetime.org/summit/speakers/emmanuel-pratt/

Full list of speakers:
http://creativetime.org/summit/speakers/

Inspiring Report On Sweet Water Kerela India Collaboration

I wish to update you on the activities at St.Albert’s after the International Internship here at Albert’s.

i) Post Graduate student project intitiated on a new Aquaponics design.
ii) Project highly successful with 108 Cherry Tomatoes harvested from 1.5sqft area in a period of four months.
iii) The project presented as a paper at the International Symposium on po”Greening Fisheries - Towards green technologies in fisheries” at Kochi, Kerala and recieved the Best Paper Award (Check out the abstract which was released in the Book of Abstracts)).
iv) Degree student project continuing for the second year in succession on the Demonstration Unit set up in June 2012 by UW-M students.
v) The Degree Project, of 2012 has been compiled as a paper and published in “Fishing Chimes” a National Journal on Fisheries in their September 2013 Edition.

I am in the process of submitting a Major Research Project to the UGC on Aquaponics.
We at Albert’s and this small State of Kerala is indebted to the UW-M Team brought to India through your personal initiative.

Very happy to hear that Wally Graeber is making news in the US.

Hope you have an interesting time at the Seminar.
Kindly update on the discourse.

Best Regards

Ajith
Dr. Ajith Thomas John,
Associate Professor in Aquaculture,
Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture,
St.Albert’s College,
Ernakulam - 682018. Kerala State.
India.
Ph.09495355763

I have had discussions with Shajan in the past about the challenge of ‘monetizing connections’, how a not-for-profit can support itself using its deep connections to resources to grow businesses and community. After reading the letter from Dr. Ajith, and hearing about the success of the program, I am now seeing that ‘monetizing’ is the wrong quest – it’s making the world a better place by leveraging trusted, quality connections and relationships.

Congratulations to all for a wonderful success story.

Bill
Bill Mitchell
Executive Director/COO
WCEDC
892 Main St. Suite D
Pewaukee, WI 53072
WCEDC is the gateway partner to navigate
Innovative solutions to grow businesses.

A Major UN Aquaponics Project In Gaza

http://www.agri-tecture.com/post/62993571321/un-introduces-aquaponics-to-urban-farming-in-gaza

This project may serve as a stepping stone toward advancing our movement’s discoveries about municipal composting and community gardens. This would especially manifest by incorporating hard won information and knowledge from our practice into the MacArthur Foundation badge based digital training venture. Wisconsin projects like Sandy Syburg’s Purple Cow Organics Wisconsin composting, Gretchen Meade and team’s Victory Garden Initiative, or Worm Farm Institute’s Culture Wagons are examples from the Great Lakes Heartland.

Anyone want to digitize and globalize their work?

Mitra’s Hole in the Wall Education concept and increasing democratization of digital connectivity might more quickly diffuse our discoveries than we could have ever imagined 5 or 10 years back.

http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud.html

Victoria Pratt On Urban Farming As Sacred Labor

Victoria P. Davis is a retired professor of Practical Theology and former Director of The Institute of Transformative Theology, Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virgi
nia. She now resides in Austin Texas with her husband, King Davis

http://detroit2012.org/suggestedReadings/Victoria%20Davis%20Seeds%20for%20Change-1.pdf

Finally, A Comfoods Conversation About Aquaponics

Comfoods is a highly resourced collaboration platform that has been at the edge of history as far as advancing community gardens and sustainable agriculture. Aquaponics conversations have been very rare in the 7 years of my participation with this group. Here’s a post I hope will advance more exchanges about this new approach to food production.

Dear All,

Mindful, science enhanced aquaponics experimentation is in its
infancy. It will take many years to build capacity, technological
and stewarding wise, before this water conserving, eco system
approach to food production is mainstreamed.

Debbie’s questions and Dave’s response are a welcome addition
to Comfoods conversations, which have only rarely discussed
aquaponics.

The Sweet Water Foundation and many others are focusing on
digitally enhanced, small aquaponics demonstrations for our
schools. Besides teaching teachers, students, and parents a
way to grow food in small spaces, aquaponics demonstrations
provide a wonderful pathway to social and emotional learning(SEL),
the STEM disciplines, and an ecological sensibility inspired by
the “communion of beings,” e.g. fish, bacteria, plants, stewards,
obviously engaged.

The MacArthur funded badge training/credentialing for aquaponics
will foster an open source ethos that will provide this emerging,
global community of aquaponics experimenters further protection
from the concerns Debbie has expressed. David’s survey will
accelerate these open source global experiments.

www.aquapons.info

These nationally broadcast shows featuring Emmanuel Pratt’s tour of South Side Chicago aquaponics demos, which have found homes in about 50 Milwaukee and Chicago schools over the past few years.

http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/aquaponics-mushroom-growing/

http://www.complex.com/tv/shows/bold-moves/emmanuel-pratt-bold-moves-series
To be continued, God willing,

Godsil

Sweet Water Aquagardens at Ikea?

End Your Family’s Food Desert
Without worry bout heavy lifting or weeding
Bending down or watering.

Save time, your money and your health, with…

Easy to install and maintain
Modestly priced
Sweet Water Home Aquagardens.

A home oasis providing lots of Vitamin K…

Chard
Kale
Arugula
Lettuce

Mint for lemonade and mixed drinks…

STEM training and experience
Eco sensibility cultivation
Family perfect food moments

Digital training and credentialing for
Sweet Water Aquagardens
Available at Ikea.

Sweet Water Story Nationally Shared: PBS TV Growing a Greener World and Complex TV

These nationally broadcast shows featuring Emmanuel Pratt’s tour of the Chicago and Milwaukee Sweet Water galaxy presages a global diffusion of this educational, developmental, capacity building model.

http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/aquaponics-mushroom-growing/

http://www.complex.com/tv/shows/bold-moves/emmanuel-pratt-bold-moves-series

SWF Director Pratt re Children and Aquaponics Stories For Book

Just to expand a bit on Godsil’s email, Sweet Water Foundation has an extremely wide network of people of all ages actively involved in many facets of the food world via our intergenerational and interdisciplinary programming such as the ‘Seed to Table’ project, The MYCELIA Project, and now AQUAPONS.

The network extends fluidly primarily in the Midwest (Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit) at this point, but integrates a network of other cities regionally/nationally/globally. Such is probably why Godsil (aka Mercury the God of Messages) included 22 people in this email thread and is so active on COMFOODS and other food related groups spreading the word and visions. Welcome into our matrix….

As for stories, we have plenty.

For example, Jesse Blom and I can both share stories about and introduce you to a special education class that has been working with Sweet Water Foundation (SWF) to build upon its existing “sub shop” program. In their sub shop, the students learn valuable skills around food safety, food quality, and business management. As such, the teacher has since pursued an arrangement with SWF and Outpost Natural Foods to obtain fresh, high quality produce for the sub shop. Our team also has co-designed and built an aquaponics system (see pics attached with the mural in the backdrop and Swiss Chard harvest) with the class which is being incorporated into the curriculum whereby the products produce are included into the recipes. Such is indicative of how our team at Sweet Water Foundation has assisted various schools in the process of designing, constructing, and maintaining aquaponics systems that provide living laboratories for the STEAM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). Check out one of the tours being led by the youth at Rufus King High School http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF-YCp09D_0 . Another key SWF member, Matt Ray, heads up an Adolescent Greenhouse Project operated with students at Fernwood Montessori which has been granted funds to be used creating a commercially viable, sustainable food structure through aquaponics. All of these aquaponics systems operate on a year-round basis on-site at each of the schools.

Meanwhile, concurrently in the greater Chicagoland area, our team at Sweet Water Foundation has also been cultivating an ongoing relationship across a network of alternative/public/private/charter high schools with either a culinary and/or STEAM based focus and integrating hydroponics/aquaponics/container gardens. We are also now in an ongoing partnership with the Washburne Culinary School at Kennedy King College.(See pic attached of the vertical system recently installed). The Executive Director Kristopher Murray of Washburne and I are in conversation about the emergence of a culinology and food science ‘bridge’ program with as linked to a network of high schools with a particular focus on alternative schools like CCA/CSW Academy and our aquaponics/urban ag operation in the southside of Chicago anchored in the College of Arts and Sciences at Chicago State University. Entities such as MK Chicago and Wishbone restaurant have been among several restaurants who have been integral in the ongoing success of the programs. In turn, the network has has served as a catalyst supporting a growing community of practice across a network of restaurants and other players in the hospitality industry who help support our ongoing programs.

One result of this experimental collaboration has been the co-creation of a ‘dine-ponics’ model (see pic attached) which was installed at the Chicago Merchandise Mart and featured in the DIFFA Dining By Design Showcase looking at the future of the kitchen and dining room space.

All that to say.. yes, we definitely have a few youth and stories in mind that might work for the book and would love for any of these stories to be a part of your book.

Looking forward to connecting and talking about this book and planting the seed for a few ideas for other books as well.

As Godsil already said… your book will indeed make history.

Best,
Emmanuel

Revenue Streams For Aquaponics Teachers & Top Students?

There is a law, The EB-5 Investor Green Card, which provides citizenship for foreign investors of $500,000 to $1,000,000.

http://www.eb5compare.com/?gclid=CLT628rz8bgCFWJS4godqVkAiQ

I have been approached by many ecopreneurs hoping to develop an aquaponics farm but also an ecology innovation center. I am hoping to advance a program to develop and find people who have some of the intelligences required to advance this concept, which can be prudently replicated across the nation and beyond our borders. I hope many will consider giving some attention to the vision of teachers and some of their most inspired students earning some summer or winter revenue streams as farm camp instructors as well as creators of small aquaponics demonstrations that
can be sold at health fairs by student/teacher teams.

Can you imagine teachers and top students giving a skype workshops to farm camps across the nation, from Milwaukee, or wherever they work, on the construction, care, and maintenance of one of your systems?

Or, to China, India, Africa, Europe, etc.?

Or being mentors at summer farm camps in Great Lakes region and winter farm camps in Florida?

to be continued,

What say?

Why not?

Godsil

Jesuit High School Science Teacher Inspired by Aquaponics Demo Promise

SLUH Science Teacher Bill Anderson note re his new demo:

For the past several years, I’ve had a different project for the seniors in the AP Environmental Science course. After reading the Aquaponics Gardening book that you all gave me, I decided to make that our project for this school year. We now have a classroom size aquaponics set up in our classroom, with a variety of plants growing and stocked with 13 White Nile tilapia. I’m really impressed by the work the boys did. This may very well be one of the most exciting things I’ve done in my 30 years at SLUH. Now I’ve got an itch to expand in the future! You are more than welcome to come by for a visit sometime. The photo attached is a few weeks old and the plant growth has increased significantly. I’ve been asked by Gateway Greening to give a presentation on DIY Aquaponics as part of their Pints and Plants lecture series.

Farmeries: Where You Pick The Food You Buy, From Neighborhood Shipping Containers

http://modernfarmer.com/2013/07/the-supermarket-where-you-pick-your-own-produce/

India May Provide Substantial Share of Intellectual Capital for Aquaponics

Dr. Subra Mukherjee is incorporating Sweet Water Foundation badges into his projects with India’s Central Institute of Fisheries Education(CIFE)and has been of central importance in Ken Kenworthy’s global phone conferences advancing aquaponics experimentation in the D.C. area. Here’s a platform sharing some of Subra’s work.

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/IndoAmericanAquaponicsInstitute/HomePage

Jesuit or Ivy Schools To Win 5 in 5, 10, or 20 Competition?

Global Jesuit Community Wins Nobel Prize For Quarterback Role in Transition From Industrial Cities To Ecological Cities

Ivy League Runner Up

Read full story here: Jesuit Ivy Ecopreneur Challenge

*Ecopreneur Badge Programs in 5% of the schools of the world

What is A Badge?

http://youtu.be/HgLLq7ybDtc

Chicago Summer of Learning Video

http://youtu.be/ZN93OPQdmEY

Sweet Water Foundation(SWF) Prodigy Nick Montezon to Your European Project?

Note Godsil sent to Europe’s top aquaponists July 5.

Twenty one year old SWF’s Nick Montezon has astonished a multitude with his myriad practical competencies regarding aquaponics, vermiculture, bee keeping, raised bed gardening, mushroom growing, boat building, and story telling, crowd please oratory, including Al Jazeera coverage and some lengthy t.v. documentaries listed below. I am writing in hopes that he might be able to visit/work with you during the month following his course at Sweden’s Stuart’s Pledger’s Summer of Soil.

And set the stage for Nick’s outlining the SWF/MacArthur AQUAPONICS Badge project.

Here’s description of Nick and his course with Stuart.

http://www.summerofsoil.se/courses/aquaponics/

Nick Montezon - Sweet Water Foundation, Milwaukee, USA (Monday & Tuesday) Nick works with facilities, volunteers & tour groups at Sweet Water Aquaponics and is a young “aquaponics guru”. He is a passionate 21 year old who is constantly learning and soaking up as much as he can. Nick earned credits for interning at Growing Power while in high school, and after graduating he began to work for Sweet Water. Over the past 2 years Nick has worked in virtually every aspect of the business. He currently helps manage the facilities, coordinate volunteers and lead tours. Nick is also involved in educational programs with the Sweet Water Foundation non-profit.

Video Links

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/earthrise/2012/08/20128214218907189.html

http://appetiteforlife.msn.com/videos/archive/season4/16

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C94QaljynCI

http://moneysenseradio.com/2012/10/how-does-what-you-eat-impact-your-health-and-financial-well-being-find-out-with-jean-range-and-sweet-water-organics/

http://www.nzz.ch/aktuell/feuilleton/uebersicht/es-gruent-im-amerikanischen-rust-belt-1.14145597

http://m.jsonline.com/more/news/milwaukee/165516946.htm

Here’s Nick’s note:

I have been given an amazing opportunity to travel to Stockholm, Sweden where I will be working with fellow Aquaponic enthusiasts and organic farmers from July 10–17. I will be extending my stay in Europe to sometime in the third week of August. During that time I am looking to meet others who may have similar passions as I do about any of these areas or more: Wooden Boat Building, Aquaponics, Mushroom Production, Composting, Beekeeping, Vegetable Farming, and anything else you think I might enjoy. It’s my experiences in these areas that have brought me to Stockholm. I am hoping to share what I know and learn from others.

I am asking for your ideas, suggestions and any information you might have as to whom to meet, where to go, what to see, how to get around, etc for the rest of my extended stay.

Thanks for your support. Looking forward to hearing from ya
-Nick

Thanks!

Godsil

Emmanuel Pratt and Jesse Blom Summary of Badge Program Links

Bill Clinton Signs On To Badges

http://uchri.org/events/cgi-america/
Digital Badging Announcement with Bill Clinton, HASTAC, Mozilla, and the MacArthur Foundation at CGI America

At the Clinton Global Initiative conference in Chicago, June 13, President Clinton acknowledged the work to create Open Badging for Learning by UCHRI/HASTAC (David Theo Goldberg, Director of UCHRI and co-founder with Cathy Davidson of HASTAC), Mozilla (Mark Surman, Executive Director), and the MacArthur Foundation (Connie Yowell, Director of Education).
Speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting, an annual event of the Clinton Global Initiative that seeks innovative solutions for economic recovery, Clinton said three partners – the MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla, and HASTAC – have created the commitment to Open Badges. Outreach and technical assistance will be provided to help employers and universities across the country incorporate Open Badges in hiring, promotions, admissions, and credit over the next three years.

Clinton added, “The unemployment rate among returning military veterans persisted for years after the financial crisis at about 25% higher than the national average. […] Veterans were repeatedly required to go back to college and get degrees in subjects where the study involved far less scope of responsibility than they had already shouldered as members of the military. So it may be that some of the principle beneficiaries of this are people who have served our country in the various military services, and their ability to flow more quickly into appropriate jobs in the economy will benefit all of us.”

MacArthur Foundation Press Release:

http://www.macfound.org/press/press-releases/better-futures-2-million-americans-through-open-badges/

White House chatter about badges:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/06/19/we-geeks-building-21st-century-resume

overview on the overarching concept of badges:

http://hastac.org/news/get-inside-scoop-how-build-badge-system-badges-lifelong-learning-dml-competition-grantees

White House blog about badging as 21st century resume:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/06/19/we-geeks-building-21st-century-resume

range of projects:
http://hastac.org/digital-badges#projects

Sweet Water Aquapons:
http://hastac.org/dml-badges/Sweet-Water-%28AQUAPONS%29

And Milwaukee City Director Jesse Blom

AQUAPONS site:

[still under development]

www.aquapons.info/?theme=dev

Presentation for AQUAPONS:

http://prezi.com/dv7piebvj1ji/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

Badges video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RDmfE0noOJ8

Greetings, Jesse Blom,
A Blog entry has been created in group Digital Media & Learning Competition 4: Badges for Lifelong Learning Webinars

Ah, webinars. Those quirky virtual mainstays of the 21st century. HASTAC produced a series of webinars for the Badges for Lifelong Learning grantees over the past year so we could share work, and bring in featured guests. The following list includes many of the webinars we offered, ranging from topics such as effective badge design, assessment, badges and the college admissions process, badges and motivation, the sociology of badges, peer project critiques, and open town-hall-style discussions.

What follows here is a table of contents to our most popular webinars:

Read more at http://www.hastac.org/blogs/slgrant/2013/06/22/badges-lifelong-learning-webinars.

Sweet Water Community(SWC) Progress In Mumbai, India

This is a note from Dr. Subra Mukherjee, Project Manager of Aquaponics and Spirulina Eco Park Project, Mumbai and Backyard Aquaponics Center Project, Village Bhagabatipur. It was my great honor and delight to meet Dr. Mukherjee, “Subra,” while sharing my Sweet Water Growing Power stories at the University of Calcutta, June 16, 2011. Subra and I have co-founded the Indo American Aquaponics Institute to advance “Great Work”(see Thomas Berry) collaborations between our respective great nations to be shared with all nations in open sourced experiments. Subra is my vote for Father of Aquaponics in India status. Shajan John is now focusing on water purification collaborations connecting German, American, and Indian ecopreneurs. I’ll report on Shajan’s great work in a subsequent offering.

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/IndoAmericanAquaponicsInstitute/HomePage

Dear Emmanuel and Jesse,

I have just returned from a fruitful tour of Mumbai, in our quest to
develop a Master Plan for our ASEP Project at CIFE, Mumbai. We have been
able to generate interest in Aquaponics and Spirulina in a wide variety of
stakeholders, including:

(a) The residential community members around CIFE; several secretaries and
office-bearers of Housing Societies and urban greening NGOs have attended
our orientation and demonstration programs, and agreed to participate in
building the ASEP, while also exploring the possibility of community-led
urban greening activities involving Aquaponics;

(b) The fisher folk community near Versova; we have conducted meetings
with focus groups, and identified local leaders; a CIFE team shall soon be
visiting possible partners, who wish to leverage AP technologies for
commercial applications; this could lead to a massive project.

© Public officials: We have met with Mr. Phanse, who is the Leader of
the House in the Mumbai Municipality Head Office; he is second only to the
Mayor of Mumbai, and he has agreed to come to an orientation program on
Aquaponics, that I intend to conduct at CIFE on 17th August; He has
indicated that he will rope in the Mayor and also the Municipal
Commissioner; I am hoping that we can then initiate an ongoing dialog for
urban greening of public spaces, such as skywalks, rooftops and vertical
spaces on municipal and private buildings, etc.

At this orientation program, I would like to show at least four video
segments of about five minutes each — on digital badging, UNGCC,
Milwaukee Water Council, urban greening through vertical farming, and
other related topics of emerging interest, based on my interactions with
stakeholders during the past two visits to CIFE.

May I request that you send me as much of your promotional materials
(reports, videos, images, roadshows, etc.) on the AQUAPONS programs for
digital badging, for showing at this event at CIFE on 17th August. I would
be happy if we could explain why the AQUAPONS approach for the digital
badging program is needed to take pedagogy to a whole new level, and why
our partnership with SWF on digital badging can democratize the pedagogic
processes, amongst other benefits, such as M&E.

I am quite pleased with the positive reception for Aquaponics in the
Mumbai communities that we have visited, so far.

With warm regards,

Subra.

Subhrankar Mukherjee PhD,MBA
Project Manager: Aquaponics and Spirulina Eco Park Project, Mumbai
Project Manager: Backyard Aquaponics Center Project, Village Bhagabatipur

SANKALPA GROUP:
Managing Trustee, Sankalpa Trust
Secretary, Society for Appropriate Rural Technology for Sustainability (ARTS)
President, Indo-American Aquaponics Institute (IAAI)
Director, TRD Group
Director, Total Consulting Group (TCG)
Director, coalition of Moral Forces for Sustainability (cMFS)

Regd. Office: P6 Cluster 2, Purbachal, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700097, INDIA.
e-mail: [subra@sankalpacmfs.org]

Affiliate Professor, Colorado State University—Fort Collins, USA
e-mail: [subhmukh@engr.colostate.edu]

Mobile: +91 9433019821; +91 9339259812 ; +91 8017456467
Telephone: +91 33 2335 9812
Website: [www.sankalpacmfs.org/src/]
IAAI: [http://www.sankalpacmfs.org/cmfs/01coa/aquaponic/iaai.html]

Badge Training Endorsed by Rahm Emanuel & Arne Duncan, Secretary U.S. Dept. Education

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/BadgeProgram1/0

Badge Program 1.0

So Sweet Water Foundation’s(SWF) MacArthur supported badge program picked up the endorsement of the US Secretary of Education(Chicago’s Arnie Dunacn, an Obama partner), and Mayor Rahm Emanuel(previous Chief of Staff of Obama)…

From SWF Executive Director Emmanuel Pratt:

Things continue to ‘STEAM’ roll forward with our progress with SWF AQUAPONS, the DML badge-based learning, and now the Chicago Summer of Learning ( http://chicagosummeroflearning.org/),

Check out the CSOL promo videos below (SWF is featured in both videos as highlighted for our badges for urban ag/aquaponics):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Skwy3Q9WSIQ&feature=youtu.be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2_BoeUlpTs&feature=youtu.be

America’s education reform movement gets out of school this summer with a four-month campaign to help redefine learning in the digital age through dozens of activities for youth, parents, and educators, dubbed the “Summer of Making and Connecting.”

The campaign was announced today as U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined leaders from across the country to discuss innovation in education at the “Re-Imagining Education: Empowering Learners in a Connected World” summit. The summit, co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and MacArthur, brings together leaders from across the education sector to explore ways to develop learning experiences that better connect in-school and out-of-school time; better connect students to their passions, peers, communities and careers; and redesign our nation’s high schools to prepare our students for a connected world of learning.

View more details and the full agenda for the two-day event.

The event will be broadcast live on C-SPAN 3 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. You can also join the conversation and participate in a Q&A on Twitter by using the hashtag #ReimagineEd.

http://www.macfound.org/press/press-releases/leaning-continues-summer-making-and-connecting/

Get the Inside Scoop on How to Build a Badge System From the HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Badges for Lifelong Learning Grantees

range of projects:
http://hastac.org/digital-badges#projects

Sweet Water Aquapons:
http://hastac.org/dml-badges/Sweet-Water-%28AQUAPONS%29

Executive Director Emmanuel Pratt on Sweet Water Foundation Recent Breakthroughs, Spring, 2013

Nice Chicago NBC program on Sweet Water’s Emmanuel Pratt and the SWF’s collaboration with CCA Academy on the South Side of Chicago.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/05/03/your-chicago-cca-academy-and-aquaponics/

Sweet Water Foundation has been and continues to be recognized by the US Dpmnt of Agriculture and now the US Dpmnt of Energy for the educational/curricular/outreach work that we do with the 50+ schools we have worked with across 3 cities. Many sites have and continue to feature our work such as this http://www.urbanfarmonline.com/urban-farm-news/2012/08/10/sweet-water-foundation-makes-a-difference.aspx

Sweet Water Foundation is a key partner in the ACTS Housing project currently underway in Milwaukee offering solutions to address the dire situation of foreclosure in Milwaukee. http://www.milwaukeenns.org/2012/12/24/washington-park-partners-offers-doorbuster-on-foreclosed-homes/
This pilot project is being watched closely by Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and PNC bank for the potential to translate to other cities.

Sweet Water Foundation is highly recognized and respected in cities like Chicago as the work we did in Milwaukee inspired Chicago State University to appoint me as Director of the Chicago State Aquaponics Center, which also highlights the ongoing educational and outreach work Sweet Water Foundation does. The center is partially funded by both the USDA and the US Department of Education as a potential national model (also inspired by the IBM Smarter Cities Milwuakee report).

Building upon the work at the CSU Aquaponics Center, Sweet Water Foundation was just recognized for our efforts in Chicago as I was one of 5 individuals featured as one of 5 green award winners in Chicago (http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/April-2013/2013-Green-Awards-Emmanuel-Pratt/)

Sweet Water Foundation has been funded by the USDA and is being recruited by NASA for the outreach and educational work we do resulting from our Midwest Aquaponics Expertise Development (http://citiesprogramme.com/cities/americas/usa/milwaukee/maintaining-and-improving-water-quality/water-cleaning-and-reuse/midwest-aquaponics-expertise-development-initiative-maedi).

Sweet Water Foundation’s Seed to Table Project Pilot initiative has been recognized and awarded for two years with promise of future funding by Newmans Own Foundation under our name

Tomorrow I have a conversation with several media companies interested in featuring Sweet Water Foundation as part of several national Toyota Green initiatives (http://www.toyotagreen.com/)

For the past three days, Sweet Water Foundation has been highlighted in the American Planning Association national conference for the educational and outreach we do ‘growing neighborhoods’. It is worth noting that city planners all seem to see the potential translation of the model we have developed on the Cobbs properties and the greater implications it presents for the entire Rust Belt but also internationally.

After being asked to be featured at the National Science Foundation funded talk regarding ‘Challenges in Vertical Farming (http://challengesinverticalfarming.org/), Sweet Water Foundation has also been featured in a Global publication http://www.asabe.org/publications/resource-magazine.aspx as part of a series of upcoming publications along the theme of Controlled Environment Agriculture. The magazine features trends, new technologies, issues, and applications related to agricultural and biological engineering.

Tomorrow I will be leading a mobile tour of a group across our network of sites (see flyer attached and this link:
http://www.planning.org/store/product/?ProductCode=ACTIVITY_13CONF_W057)

For the past 3 years, Sweet Water Foundation currently has had ongoing partnerships and is receiving increased interest with every major University in both Milwaukee and Chicago along with UW Madison for collaboration. All of these universities continue to get grant funding leveraging us as their partner. They also continue to publish papers in support of our work and impact. This does not include the national interest from Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth (many of which our team has either graduated from or worked with directly).

Sweet Water Foundation has been a key partner supporting the Organic Therapy Project with the Veterans in Milwaukee. Such was featured in the TEDx talk by Howard Hinterthuer of the Center for Veterans Issues (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObUoupoeJfw) as has since been discussed as a potentially national model.

Sweet Water Foundation was recently requested to be a listed partner in the USAID global submission with several partners in India and Kenya with which we have worked over the years as part of our Growing Networks initiative (http://growingnetworks.weebly.com/). Our submission was just received and we await response soon.

Sweet Water Foundations AQUAPONS program (funded and supported by MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations) will be featured in the summer launch of the Chicago Summer of Learning program as part of a national platform to introduce new models of education.
(http://chicagosummeroflearning.org/ | http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/mayor/press_room/press_releases/2013/january_2013/mayor_emanuel_announcessummeroflearninginitiative.html)

From my perspective, the recent evolution of aquaponics/urban ag is somewhere between the evolution of the car with Henry Ford (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Ford) meets Apple with Steve Jobs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jobs).

Media Celebrations of Sweet Water Foundation’s Nick Montezon

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/earthrise/2012/08/20128214218907189.html

http://appetiteforlife.msn.com/videos/archive/season4/16

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C94QaljynCI

http://moneysenseradio.com/2012/10/how-does-what-you-eat-impact-your-health-and-financial-well-being-find-out-with-jean-range-and-sweet-water-organics/

http://www.nzz.ch/aktuell/feuilleton/uebersicht/es-gruent-im-amerikanischen-rust-belt-1.14145597

http://m.jsonline.com/more/news/milwaukee/165516946.htm

Milwaukee Sweet Water Foundation Director Jesse Blom Updates

On ABCD Partnerships

SWF tends to follow an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach, with incremental steps along the way.

Successful partnerships that we have had in the past have involved individuals, organizations, businesses, etc. that are able to exist independently of SWF, but our collective action is stronger than either of us would be able to achieve separately.

Our relationships have formed based upon extensive and mutually beneficial conversation over time, by email and/or Skype (rely heavily on email exchange). Furthermore, the logistics of our partnerships have usually been project-based and customized for the project, rather than on an ongoing transactional basis as you have proposed.

What I propose to you is that you keep us well informed of your work, and we will do the same. After much thorough conversation I am sure that we will come to understand where each others’ interests lie in terms of projects to undertake. Then, as projects arise, we can strike while the iron is hot and move quickly on them.

Dear colleagues, partners, and friends of Sweet Water Foundation,

Given the recent news that Sweet Water Organics has ceased operations, I have received many inquiries from my friends, family, and colleagues about what this means for Sweet Water Foundation 501©3, non-profit.

I am happy to say that Sweet Water Foundation (SWF) is continuing its program operations as usual, despite this recent turn of events. SWF has always been a separate organization from Sweet Water Organics. We are independently funded through grants, contributions, and fees for services. We are independently governed by an eight-member board of directors. And, we are independently managed on a national level by Executive Director Emmanuel Pratt (based out of Chicago), and on a local level by City Director, Jesse Blom (myself).

SWF - Milwaukee has set up a temporary office at Escuela Verde charter school, and continues to deliver its programs in the community, including:

The Seed to Table Project (primarily funded by Newman’s Own Foundation)
Partnering with local schools to raise plants for food, from seed to table, and integrate the learning into classroom curricula.

The MYCELIA Project
Connecting schools, colleges and universities, local businesses, and neighborhoods to form resilient communities through urban agriculture.

Sweet Water AQUAPONS (primarily funded by MacArthur Foundation and Mozilla Foundation)
An online, mentorship-based resource to engage lifelong learners in aquaponics, utilizing digital badges as a tool for certification.

The Organic Therapy Project
Partnering with the National Association of Black Veterans and the Center for Veterans Issues to grow food as a tool for enhancing mental, physical, social and emotional health, and for job training.

The Washington Park Neighborhood Renewal Project (primarily funded by Wells Fargo)
Partnering with ACTS Housing to incorporate indoor and outdoor gardens into the restoration of foreclosed homes in the Washington Park neighborhood of Milwaukee.

We will always be grateful to Sweet Water Organics, as the business has been instrumental in the incubation and launch of Sweet Water Foundation, among several other start-up companies in the realm of urban agriculture. We hope that Milwaukee can use the lessons learned at Sweet Water Organics to continue moving forward as a global leader in the urban agriculture movement.

Please stay in touch with us at Sweet Water Foundation, as we are in need of support from the community during this time of transition. You can follow us online at www.sweetwaterfoundation.com or on Facebook .

I am happy to speak with you in detail about issues related to Sweet Water Foundation. You can contact me by email at jesse@sweetwaterfoundation.com or by phone at 414–215–9676 .

Sincerely,
Jesse

Jesse Blom
City Director
Sweet Water Foundation - Milwaukee
414–215–9676

Dickson Despommier Recommends Sweet Water Foundation & Emmanuel Pratt

I am highly interested in building Vertical Farming and Dr. Dickson Despommier recommended that you can teach us how to build and how it works. Is there any training materials available on how to do.

On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 11:03 PM, Dickson Despommier wrote:

Dear Julie,

Sweetwater Foundation is very good at aquaponics. Emanuel Pratt is the director. www.sweetwaterfoundation.com

The best,

Dickson

Dickson was an important inspiration for a conference on vertical farming by NSF that
Emmanuel Pratt presented to.

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#search/rkanter%40hbs.edu/13a21ef89752388c

Letter To Sweet Water Tour Inquirers

We have redesigned our tour program and are tailoring it to your specific interests.
Here are our three main providers of aquaponics tours, at diffeent sites in Chicago and Milwaukee, as well as virtual tours to our “partners” projects across the USA, Europe, India, Europe, and China. We are also developing farm camp experiences, with winter camps being designed in Florida and India, summer camps in the Chicago and Milwaukee area, possibly Stockholm and Zurich as well.

Here are three leaders of the Sweet Water Community, located in Chicago and Milwaukee, respectively. Check them out and let me know if you would like to take a tour they offer, apply to a Sweet Water farm camp, or develop a mini project to advance your vision, perhaps after first talking on the phone with one of them.

Emmanuel Pratt, Executive Director, Sweet Water Foundation

http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/aquaponics-mushroom-growing/

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/April-2013/2013-Green-Awards-Emmanuel-Pratt/

Jesse Blom, Director, Milwaukee SWF

http://www.urbanfarmonline.com/urban-farm-news/2012/08/10/sweet-water-foundation-makes-a-difference.aspx

Matt Ray, Board Member, SWF and Aquaponics Director, Fernwood Montesori

http://blogs.worldwatch.org/nourishingtheplanet/aquaponics-an-interview-with-sweet-water-organics-matt-ray/

Commercial Size Tours With Our “Partner” Central Greens

Boen Dombrook of Central Greens is now our choice for introducing people to commercial size systems in Milwaukee. He gives publics tours at 1 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at $10. If you wish a private tour, give a call to 414 213 6448. Here’s his web page.

http://www.milwaukeeaquaponics.com/

And Growing Power Tours are a must if you are in Milwaukee.

My focus is on digital training and the installation of aquapanics
miniatures in 5% of the schools of the USA in 5 years, in the
schools of China, European, and India in 10 years, and the schools
of the world in 20 to 30 years.

Democratizing and Globalizing Aquaponics Knowledge Through Sweet Water Foundation

We want to advance the vision of 5% of our nation’s schools with aquaponics miniatures and digital training/credentialing within 5 years,
20% by 2020. We also are training teachers, developing programs with partners in India and Latin America, and sharing information and making introductions for families, small businesses and enterprises, and civic associations attending to this eco friendly food production
method.

Here’s a lot of information to wade through.

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/SweetwaterCommunity/HomePage

Let me know if you want more!

We also have a speakers bureau to share the stories across the regoin and nation!

Here is some of my background story

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCiCfu-wtqQ

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/JamesGodsil

Information For New “Partners” re our “Partners” And Mentors

Sylvia Bernstein, and she is the leading authority in the USA on backyard-type aquaponics systems. The Aquaponics Source is the company. Aquaponics materials and equipment as well. Although Aquatic Ecosystems in Florida is my go-to for parts and equipment, especially as you look to larger scale systems.

Sylvia also has the biggest online community at the Aquaponic Gardening Community. She gives great workshops also, along with Green Acre Aquaponics in Florida and Colorado Aquaponics in Colorado….

Other stuff to check out are some of the original aquaponics trials and research at University of Virgin Islands.

Murray Hallam from Australia. Backyard Aquaponics in Australia.

Growing Power in Milwaukee. Friendly Aquaponics in Hawaii. Aqua Ranch in central Illinois.

All of our work in Milwaukee and Chicago builds upon the work of all of the above, and more.

Look forward to talking more.

Jesse

I would like to add to Jesse’s list to check out Bright AgroTech and Dr Nate Storey’s you tube series. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPb3-3LZRrY This will get you to his intro on aquaponics but he has one on everything aquaponics!

Sweet Water’s Founding Vision

“Sweet Water,” since its founding in 2009, has become a cooperative enterprise experiment of great possibility.

The golden thread running through the Sweet Water weave is experimentation.

I hope to share some of the story of the Sweet Water “galaxy,” presented as just one among a number of vantage points Foundational Sweet Water Visions: Commercialize, Democratize, and Globalize Aquaponics Experiments

Sweet Water has been visioned as a multidimensional aquaponics innovation center, with three foundational fields:

  • Sweet Water Organics(SWO)

  • Sweet Water Foundation(SWF)

  • Sweet Water Community(SWC) of “partners.”

Each of these expressions are entwined, but capable of advancing autonomously to fit the context. The first phase vision focused on

(l) SWO as a commercial upscaling experiment of Will Allen’s aquaponics model;

(2) SWF as a non-profit harvesting as much information and support, i.e. knowledge and social capital, as was appropriate; and

(3) SWC of “partners” as an emerging local, regional, national, and global community of practice with a widespread open source ethos.

Sweet Water Organics built upon Will Allen’s urban agriculture models and mainstreamed aquaponics much faster than its founders expected. It was the commercialization vision of creating sustainable farms in urban factory contexts that sparked the most intense interest. The Sweet Water Foundation’s democratizing and globalizing vision, at the outset, received little attention from the mainstream media,although it won the attention of NBC Nightly News, the State Department, and competent “partners” at the intersection of government, university, culture, and civil society associations advancing the sustainability vision.

Here is my response to questions from State Department civil servants prior to their sponsorship to share the Sweet Water Growing Power Story to 300 Indian scientist, engineers, agroecologists, and emerging global citizens in Spring of 2011.

Sweet Water for the State Department

Sweet Water was inspired by Growing Power’s example and the vision of Josh Fraundorf and Steve Lindner, who decided to explore a commercial upscaling of aquaponics in 10,000 square foot century old factory building that had a built-in railway bed easily converted into three 10,000 gallon fish tanks. I became a Sweet Water partner because I believed our artisinal team had the capacity to create cutting edge artisinal and mechanical aquaponics systems and transform that factory behemoth into a lovely and compelling place for urban agriculture/aquaponics research and development, for hands-on school experiences to foster Science Technology Engineering and Math(STEM) capacities among learners young and old, and an innovation hub for urban agrarians and “creatives” to co-create ancillary green enterprise and community scale manufacturing. My vision was based on “asset based sequential development” with multiple income streams a triple bottom line, e.g. profit, ecology, and social justice. The multiple income streams included not just the sale of fish and produce, but also the sale of worms, worm castings, compost, raised bed and aquaponics miniature design, installation, and tech support, tours, workshops, and gatherings at the “Great Hall of the Tulip Building,” in the Sweet Water Foundation space adjacent the Sweet Water Organics “farm.”

The Importance of Aquaponics in Urban Life

I believe aquaponics has great promise as a vital earth friendly 21st century industry for a number of reasons. Aquaponic systems re-circulate water and produce great quantities of fish based protein and fresh, tasty greens in a bio-secure context with quite small footprints. Urban aquaponics systems like Sweet Water can grow lab developed fish that are free from many of the contaminants currently and tragically polluting our waters, delivered fresh to close-by markets with a minimum of delivery costs or carbon footprints. In hybrid enterprise like Sweet Water, which combines a Farm and an Academy, aquaponics facilities serve as a magnet for mindful citizens seeking to know more about how their food is produced, as well as learn how to grow increasing quantities of their own food, at homes, schools, elder care facilities, restaurants, faith communities, and community centers. Aquaponics systems must be tailored for the urban context and the resources available, a design challenge enhanced by net-based, expanding, global community of aquaponics practice eager to share discoveries.

Every city deserves a Sweet Water to develop urban agriculture and aquaponics experimentation, produce healthy food for local consumption, democratize aquaponics miniatures, serve as food and culture centers, and hubs of innovation for increased food security and mindful urban living.

What other projects are you involved in besides Sweet Water Organics and Growing Power?

Since my student days back in the 1960s I have been involved in the movements of our times, e.g. civil rights(Open Housing Marches with Dr. King Chicago 1966), peace movement(organized Vietnam teach ins), old city renaissance(Chair of Community Development Corporation), bio-diversity and bonobo surival, artisinal guild development(founder Community Roofing & Restoration), internet empowerment(founder of Milwaukee Renaissance On Line Magazine a wiki “Movement” Resource. Other projects are discussed in this news coverage:

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/ExchangeArticle/HomePage

Sweet Water for the Founding Convention of the Aquaponics Association, Orlando, 2010

Sweet Water, i.e. the Farm and the Academy, as Mainframe for Organic City Evolution
Sweet Water Founding Vision
Commercial Upscale Experiment
Democratize Aquaponics
Internationalize Aquaponics Large and Small
Guiding Concepts
Marriage of Scientists/Artists, Artisans/Agrarians, Entrepreneurs/Social Enterprisers
Asset Based Sequential Development
Multiple Bottom Lines, Multiple Income Streams
Open Source Hybrid “Network” Enterprise
Productive Eco Systems Renewing Old City Buildings, Grounds, and Schools

IBM Highlights Aquaponics As Key to “Organic City Revolution”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w9w8j1vHB8

Harvard Business Review on Sweet Water

“Harvard Business Review’s” Rosabeth Moss Kanter’s View of Milwaukee’s Grand Alliance for Sweet Water Enterprise Experiments

http://hbr.org/2012/03/enriching-the-ecosystem/ar/1

An “innovation zone”

“The emerging urban aquaponics effort in Milwaukee…creating an innovation zone linking science, start-ups, and the community. It connects water researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences (the nation’s first) with entrepreneurial urban farms occupying abandoned factories. Aquaponics combines hydroponics, in which plants are grown in water instead of soil, with fish farming, and uses 80% to 90% less water than other food-growing methods. The fish waste makes fertilizer for the plants, whose roots help filter the water for the fish. Milwaukee’s Sweet Water Organics, for example, produces thousands of fish and over 70 kilos of lettuce and other greens every week in large tanks in a former crane factory. The company was launched with angel capital in 2008 and used federal stimulus money to convert the building. Cofounder James Godsil was part of a network that wanted to build a new industry—and also get healthful food to poor neighborhoods.

By mid-2011 proposals were in place for an Aquaponics Innovation Center, backed by Milwaukee’s mayor with analytic support from IBM, to link universities and K–12 schools for technology transfer, skills development, and market building. The vision is to increase the locally grown food supply, demonstrate more efficient water systems, create jobs for urban residents, and generate enterprises with export potential.

Knowledge centers, centers of excellence, incubators, test sites, and innovation zones together can enhance competitiveness by creating seamless platforms connecting innovation and entrepreneurship. Linkages can also be reinforced by larger tax credits for corporate R&D that’s conducted at universities and by reorienting universities to promote entrepreneurship, especially in emerging industries.”

“The Economist” Says Harvard Sees Sweet Water as “What’s Right With America”

What’s right with America can fix what’s wrong
http://www.economist.com/node/21547770

For all this gloom, the Review’s gurus argue that, as Bill Clinton said in his first inaugural address, there is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. The country has huge strengths, from its world-beating universities to its tolerance of risk-taking. It has a highly diverse market: firms that seek cheap labour can move to Mississippi, where wages are a third lower than those in Massachusetts. Rosabeth Moss Kanter of HBS points to the extraordinary amount of innovation that is going on not just in Silicon Valley but across the country. For example, water researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have linked up with urban farmers who occupy abandoned factories. The fruit of this alliance is firms such as Sweet Water Organics, which produces fish and greens in a former crane factory.

The Commercial and ®Evolutionary Classes: Sweet Water Complexities

Scripps College Note

Spring 2013 Sweet Water Story

Sharing Sweet Water Stories

“Sweet Water” is a complex creation of extraordinary significance that deserves to be understood. It has awakened thousands of people across the world to the splendor and bounty of Mother Nature’s ways when her human sons and daughters co-create mindful relationships with all Earth life forms, including the aquaponic ecosystem’s balanced array of microorganisms, fish, plants, symbiotically harvesting photons, air, water, and “earth.”

As with the unfolding of life on our blue green planet, the golden thread running through the Sweet Water weave is experimentation and “evolutionary groping.” Trial and error, feedback loops, failing to succeed are among the guiding concepts of the Sweet Water experiment. I hope to share some of the story of the Sweet Water “emergence,” advancing what might well be the most earth friendly and prolific method of food production yet constructed by challenged humanity. The balance required of an aquaponics system helps focus the mind on required balance in human eco-systems. Both require modesty in the face of subtle relationships among myriad partners. This story is presented as just one among a number of vantage points, hoping to inspire reflective sharing. These “truths” will take quite a while to emerge, and only in dialogue.

Foundational Sweet Water Visions: Commercialize, Democratize, and Globalize Aquaponics Experiments

Sweet Water is a multidimensional aquaponics innovation center, with three foundational fields: Sweet Water Organics(SWO), the Sweet Water Foundation(SWF), and the Sweet Water Community(SWC) of “partners.” Each of these expressions are entwined, but capable of advancing autonomously if required. The first phase vision of the Sweet Water founders focused on (l) SWO as a commercial upscaling experiment of Will Allen’s aquaponics model; (2) SWF as a non-profit harvesting as much information and support, i.e. knowledge and social capital, as was appropriate; and (3) SWC of “partners” as an emerging local, regional, national, and global community of practice with a widespread open source ethos.

Sweet Water Organics built upon Will Allen’s urban agriculture models and mainstreamed aquaponics much faster than its founders expected. It was the commercialization vision of creating sustainable
farms in urban factory contexts that sparked the most intense exuberance. The Sweet Water Foundation’s democratizing and globalizing vision, on the other hand, has received very little attention from the mainstream media, although ecological innovation “partners” and green “world citizens” in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America are investing considerable time and resources in collaborations of a variety of levels.

The SWF is a separate legal entity with an independent Board created to harvest knowledge and social capital from SWO to advance the democratization and globalization of aquaponics. The Sweet Water Community is a network of “partners” who have been inspired by and informed in their work by both SWO and the SWF. Participants in the SWF and SWC were very aware of the substantial risks taken by SWO in accepting a government loan in a food system more science than labor in- tensive.

This risk was offset by the commitment to provide other kinds of value if SWO proved unable to meet the job quotas. The Sweet Water Foundation, with the help of the Sweet Water Community “partners,” is committed to providing value in service to Milwaukee’s students, families, veterans, businesses, universities, faith communities, and civil society associations, such that the investment of the City in SWO will be judged, from a 10 year time frame, as good an investment as one could hope for, surely worth the start-up risk.

And an on-line expression used for our introduction of aquaponics to Indian engineers and scientists back in 2011.

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/EarlySweetWaterStory/HomePage

Our city director Jesse Blom has summarized our Spring 2013 strengths:

1) AQUAPONS badges - online badge-based training, learning, and collaboration for aquaponics
2) Seed to Table - installations of small-scale aquaponics systems and curricular integration for classrooms at all levels
3) Intern and volunteer management for small, medium, and large-scale operations
4) Aquaponics training for adults, with particular emphasis on teachers and US Military veterans

Sweet Water is a complex universe with three galaxies: Sweet Water Organics(SWO), the Sweet Water Foundation(SWF), and the Sweet Water Community(SWC).

Sweet Water Organics (SWO) has essentially given its intellectual capital to the Sweet Water Foundation (SWF), which is committed to open source optimization. As of now our most advanced iteration is in a state of limbo as far as use goes.

Harvest Sweet Water Organics Intellectual Capital

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/BrainstormingProductDevelopment/SweetWaterInstallation

Internet Enhanced

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/BadgeProgram1/0

Some Common Responses to Our Experiments

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/SweetWaterOrganicsSweetWaterFoundation/SweetWaterTestimonials

Integral Urban Homes and Foreclosure Harvesting

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/ForeclosedHomesGrowingNeighborhoods1/0

India!

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/IndiaCollaborations1/0

Letter To Potential Investor

I am happy to talk with you just about any day next week around noon my time, or
10 a.m. your time. I hope you will have some time to review some of what follows:

My “business plan” is quite complex and requires some preliminary information to
make much sense to anyone outside of my close in circles. We have training programs
for about 40 high school teachers in Milwaukee and Chicago, some of whom we hope will,
over time, be competent to manifest the vision which follows.

Aquaponics, for me, IS the advanced technology to bring to food production, but also
to human development. Aquaponics provides powerful learning experiences in STEM
disciplines, but also in social cooperation and an elevated ecological sensibility.
While large scale aquaponics farms are quite possible in our lifetime, my personal focus is on developing the human resources to develop the aquaponics technology and the democratization/globalization of small systems for family and community harvesting. Profits at the bottom of the pyramid, for patient investors, and triple bottom line golden sons and daughters of Mother Nature. :)

The immediate commercial possibilities of aquaponics for me reside in the realm of
system installation in the schools of the world, and possibly in community centers of
the kind discussed in these two programs:

Hole In The Wall Education

http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud.html

Village eChoupals

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-Choupal

Digitally Enhanced, Badge Based Aquaponics Training/Credentialing

Such information distribution systems would be interactive and provide for
credentialing of participants. This would provide a means of determining who
or what teams are worthy of hiring or project development support. The Sweet
Water Foundation’s Chicago and Milwaukee leaders, Emmanuel Pratt and Jesse
Blom, have provided these links about this 21st century pedagogical breakthrough:

Emmanuel Pratt and Jesse Blom Summary of Badge Program Links

overview on the overarching concept of badges:

http://hastac.org/news/get-inside-scoop-how-build-badge-system-badges-lifelong-learning-dml-competition-grantees

White House blog about badging as 21st century resume:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/06/19/we-geeks-building-21st-century-resume

range of projects:
http://hastac.org/digital-badges#projects

Sweet Water Aquapons:
http://hastac.org/dml-badges/Sweet-Water-%28AQUAPONS%29

And Milwaukee City Director Jesse Blom

AQUAPONS site:

[still under development]

www.aquapons.info/?theme=dev

Presentation for AQUAPONS:

http://prezi.com/dv7piebvj1ji/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

Badges video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RDmfE0noOJ8

Ah, webinars. Those quirky virtual mainstays of the 21st century. HASTAC produced a series of webinars for the Badges for Lifelong Learning grantees over the past year so we could share work, and bring in featured guests. The following list includes many of the webinars we offered, ranging from topics such as effective badge design, assessment, badges and the college admissions process, badges and motivation, the sociology of badges, peer project critiques, and open town-hall-style discussions.

What follows here is a table of contents to our most popular webinars:

Read more at http://www.hastac.org/blogs/slgrant/2013/06/22/badges-lifelong-learning-webinars.

Digitally Enhanced Hole in the Wall Aquaponics Badge Projects From Culture Wagon Schools

Why not?

India Visit 2011 Sustaining Projects 2013

Exchange between State Department rep Ramesh Jain and Dr. Subra Mukherjee

From: Jain, Ramesh S <SRJain@state.gov>
Date: Sun, Aug 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Subject: RE: Happy Independence Day!
To: subra@sankalpacmfs.org, “Dadlaney, Jayesh C” <DadlaneyJC@state.gov>
Cc: James Godsil <godsil.james@gmail.com>

Hello Subra,

Thanks for your email. Sounds like very interesting and pioneering work
you folks are doing up there. I am happy to connect you to my colleague
in Public Affairs, Mumbai, Mr. Jayesh Dadlaney.

Hi Jayesh - You may recollect the famous speaker James Godsil from Sweet
Water Organics, Milwaukee. He has maintained sustained relations with
many partners in India with pioneering work. You may wish to stay
connected to Mr. Mukherjee on the state of the art work they are
involved in.

Best wishes, Rj

This email is UNCLASSIFIED

From: Subhrankar Mukherjee [subra@sankalpacmfs.org]
Sent: Sunday, August 18, 2013 10:28 AM
To: Jain, Ramesh S; James Godsil
Subject: Re: Happy Independence Day!

Dear Ramesh,

Very pleased to make your acquaintance. I am currently in Mumbai, and
would be happy if you could connect me with your counterpart at the
American Center in Mumbai.

I am pleased to inform you that the Society for Appropriate Rural
Technology for Sustainability (ARTS), Kolkata, is building an
“Aquaponics and Spirulina Eco Park” at the the Central Institute for Fisheries
Education (CIFE) at Mumbai (Versova) — the premium fisheries
institution in India. A ‘Concept Note’ on this year-long implementation can be
downloaded at:

[http://www.sankalpacmfs.org/asep/Concept.ASEPm.pdf].

Sincerely,

Subra.

Subhrankar Mukherjee PhD,MBA
Project Manager: Aquaponics and Spirulina Eco Park Project, Mumbai
Project Manager: Backyard Aquaponics Center Project, Village
Bhagabatipur

Media Supporting Need For “Great Work”

  • UN Science Panel, Nov. 2, 2013

On the food supply, the new report finds that benefits from global warming may be seen in some areas, like northern lands that are now marginal for food production. But it adds that over all, global warming could reduce agricultural production by as much as 2 percent each decade for the rest of this century.

During that period, demand is expected to rise as much as 14 percent each decade, the report found, as the world population is projected to grow to 9.6 billion in 2050, from 7.2 billion today, according to the United Nations, and as many of those people in developing countries acquire the money to eat richer diets.

Any shortfall would lead to rising food prices that would hit the world’s poor hardest, as has already occurred from price increases of recent years. Research has found that climate change, particularly severe heat waves, was a factor in those price spikes.

The agricultural risks “are greatest for tropical countries, given projected impacts that exceed adaptive capacity and higher poverty rates compared with temperate regions,” the draft report finds.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/02/science/earth/science-panel-warns-of-risks-to-food-supply-from-climate-change.html?hp&_r=0

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