eBook Series on Ecological Transitions

Sweet Water Universe Story 2013

Obama Presidential Living Library

godsil.james@gmail.com
Methinks outstanding image comes from Travis Hughey, selfless hero.

My favorite Sweet Water Hybrid Slide Show

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’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.

  • IBM Wants to Help Us Co-Create Aquaponics Innovation Centers, Large and Small

This movie is a great place to start!

http://wn.com/IBM_Smarter_Cities

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Support for Sweet Water Training of High School Teachers

UN Coverage: http://citiesprogramme.com/aquaponics-%E2%80%9Cservice-learning%E2%80%9D-international-internship-program

  • Empowerment Through Aquaponics: The Wisconsin Kerela India Connection

UN Report: http://citiesprogramme.com/aquaponics-%E2%80%9Cservice-learning%E2%80%9D-international-internship-program

Project Director’s Description: http://prezi.com/ltg2b88etxxb/empowerment-through-aquaponics-the-wisconsin-kerala-connection/

  • Eco Literacy, Thorough Thought, GRIT, Science, Technology, Engineering & Math(STEM) Through Aquaponics Pedagogy

http://www.dmlcompetition.net/Competition/4/badges-projects.php?id=3197

PowerPoint 2007 version:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/62050055/MacArthur%20pitch%20v_2.pptx

PowerPoint 2003 version:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/62050055/MacArthur%20pitch%20v_3.ppt

PDF version:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/62050055/MacArthur%20pitch%20v_3.pdf

  • Milwaukee’s Rufus King Students Display Their Aquaponics Innovation Center(AIC)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF-YCp09D_0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZVcNRuIHo4

  • 1,000 Commercial Ten Million Family School Aquaponic Systems in Asia by June 18, 2045?

http://www.foodnavigator-asia.com/Business/Aquaponics-a-future-for-Asian-food-cultivation

  • Voice of America Becoming an Organic Voice?

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/people/Aquaponics-Could-Signal-Future-of-Food-Growing-137957718.html

  • Missouri State Joint Committee on Urban Agriculture Hearings

Sweet Water was very well represented here.

http://t.co/O34algrK

  • UW Madison International Program Collaboration With Sweet Water Partners

http://internships.international.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/nternshipOpportunityPosting_SweetWater_20121.pdf

  • Miichael Carrier and David Schalliol Photo Exhibit of Renewing Urban Buildings

http://www.salon.com/2012/01/07/visions_of_post_industrial_milwaukee/

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2012/05/observing-midwest-rebuild/2004/

  • Sweet Water Foundation Ex. Dir. Emmanuel Pratt’s Sweet Water Slide Show, from Growing Power inspiration to Chicago State U. partnering

https://picasaweb.google.com/100043881418669189803/SweetWaterOverview?authkey=Gv1sRgCP22saqb247ptgE&feat=email

One Thousand Emanuel Pratt Sweet Water Photos

https://picasaweb.google.com/108935092719306682452/SweetWater?authkey=Gv1sRgCOyarMiBy6CZHg

https://picasaweb.google.com/100043881418669189803/SweetWaterOrganicsPics?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrZpMLwjZfcgQE&feat=email

https://picasaweb.google.com/107665230331904490965/SWFRetreat?feat=email

https://picasaweb.google.com/afmontezon/SweetWaterOrganicsTour?authkey=Gv1sRgCPzNsN6zjaKI1AE&feat=email

https://mail.google.com/mail/?null&ui=2&shva=1#search/picasaweb/1204322a1d9c4ae8

https://plus.google.com/photos/100043881418669189803/albums/5314928222355200193?banner=pwa&authkey=CKSL0ureq86sNQ

https://picasaweb.google.com/100043881418669189803/SweetWaterOverview?authkey=Gv1sRgCP22saqb247ptgE&feat=email

https://picasaweb.google.com/108935092719306682452/SweetWater?authkey=Gv1sRgCOyarMiBy6CZHg&feat=email

Daris’ 10 Favorite Photos of Emmanuel Pratt at Work

https://plus.google.com/photos/108532862285770182545/albums/5736936458871064929?authkey=CLP3j_uPvazfDg

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 Enterprise

Breakthrough “Moments” Advancing Sweet Water’s Emergence

The meteoric rise of Will Allen and his Growing Power team,

Growing Power magic!

the good food ®Evolution;

A joyous multigenerational, polyglot Milwaukee vigil blocked a junk food joint next to Walnut Way, a good food movement growing and inspiration center.

Michelle Obama’s White House Garden;

Photo courtesy of Treehugger.com

Co-Creating a Major Earth Friendly 21st Century Industry/Movement

Aquaponics Gardening and Backyard Aquaponics platforms;

WSJ, NYT, NPR, and NBC news reports on Sweet Water;

IBM, State Department, Commerce, Marines, city governments awakening;

http://growninthecity.com/2011/08/scaling-up-solutions-aquaponics-in-milwaukee/

http://span.state.gov/jul-aug2011/eng/40-43-James-Godsil.html

Helping Veterans Trade Their Swords for Plows

By PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN
Published: February 5, 2011 in The New York Times

Charlie Price and Sylvia Bernstein’s Sweet Water meet up

Sweet Water Foundation’s Director Emmanuel Pratt Heads Up Aquaponics at Chicago State University


Here’s a most recent Sweet Water piece in a “Huffington Post” article put together by a young Detroit media pro that captures the work Sweet Water Foundation Ex. Dir. Emmanuel Pratt, some of which will likely be animating Detroit over the next decade.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/17/emmanuel-pratt_n_1432394.html

And a post-script to the story by Emmanuel Pratt, the featured Sweet Water “partner.”

we are co-creating series of (1) experiments (hueristic) [reinforced through our ongoing work on the ground with the resources available to us and the tools we know how to use] transforming into (2) growing networks drawing people like-minded people together like a magnet, which then become (3) collective communities of practice [partnerships forming locally across cities but also regionally, nationally and globally in hyper-local/glocal networks]; which then evolve into (4) a system of influence as we scale accordingly and organically locally, regionally, nationally, globally in hyper local fashion.

This is what it collectively takes to collectively create the 21st century neighborhood/community.

Emmanuel’s CV

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=gmail&attid=0.2&thid=136c36869d2f75fa&mt=application/msword&url=https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui%3D2%26ik%3Da0fff27d27%26view%3Datt%26th%3D136c36869d2f75fa%26attid%3D0.2%26disp%3Dsafe%26realattid%3Df_h116ks2m1%26zw&sig=AHIEtbS_Y86ZkCH85MDXfkjOB4Q-GaPo9w

Sweet Water Foundation and Friendly Aqupaonics to Advance Shajan John’s
and Subra Mukherjee’s Indian initiatives;

Sylvia Bernstein’s Book!

This gathering of over 200 at the founding conference of the Aquaponics Association!

and much more:

testimony to the fact that since around 2005

Our Visions Outpaced By The Facts.

So why not

Pragmatic Utopian Visions

India, China, Egypt Breakthroughs

Urban Agriculture & Aquaponics at Presidential Conventions

Major UN Conference on Aquaponics

Nobel Peace Prize for One World Aquaponics Community

On this page…

  1. Solidarity Aquaponics Take Off Tipping Point
    1. 1.1  IBM
    2. 1.2  India
    3. 1.3  State Department
    4. 1.4  United Nations
    5. 1.5  NBC Nighty News, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and NPR
    6. 1.6  TED Talk by Sweet Water Design Consultant Charlie Price of Aquaponics UK
    7. 1.7  Myles Harston Installer of Emmanuel Pratt’s Chicago State Aquaponic Systems
    8. 1.8  Aquaponics Association
    9. 1.9  Emmanuel Pratt’s Listing of Sweet Water Foundation’s Partners
    10. 1.10  Detroit Start Ups
  2. Grade Schools and High Schools
    1. 2.1  First Lady’s High School, Whitney Young, Partnership with Sweet Water
  3. Sweet Water Foundation Harvests Hard Won Information
  4. Connect Your Work With India Projects
  5. ITC’s E-Choupal’s Internet Empowered 16,500 Indian Villages
  6. Aquaponics TV Experiments
  7. Links to Indian Pictures from June 2011 Visit
  8. Rural Scenes
  9. Mumbai and Rathnigiri
  10. Sweet Water Sweet Soil Energy Centers for Every City In Every Nation
  11. Sweet Water Theorem for Sweet Water Aquaponics Miniatures in Our Schools
    1. 11.1  Sweet Water/One World Aquaponics Item Number One: FARM Shop
  12. One World Aquaponics
  13. Toward a UN Conference on Urban Ag/Aquaponics(UAA) by 2013
  14. Sweet Water Flickr Photostream of inspired teachers and youth:
  15. Teacher Testimonial
  16. Universities and Research Institutes
    1. 16.1  India USA Grant Proposal
    2. 16.2  Michael Carriere Essay
    3. 16.3  Milwaukee School of Engineering Design Studio on Sweet Water Village
    4. 16.4  Milwaukee School of Engineering Student Project for Haiti Orphanage
    5. 16.5  Marquette University Engineers Without Borders
    6. 16.6  Complimentary Businesses and Enterprises
  17. Government Leaders
  18. EPA Milwaukee Composting Network Grant Application
  19. Grass Roots Community Partnerships
  20. Eco-Tourism Initiative Linking Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee
    1. 20.1  National Association of Black Veterans Center for Veterans Initiatives
  21. Milwaukee Water Council
  22. IBM

Solidarity Aquaponics Take Off Tipping Point

In this note I am offering links verifying the concept that a “Grand Alliance” is forming around the proposition that aquaponics is quite likely to be a major 21st century technology of great consequence for food security and global healing. With the support of City Governments, universities, IBM, the State Department, U.N., and India’s astonishing intellectual capital in its Central Institutes for Fisheries Education, I propose we we are at the edge of our take off tipping point! The appointment of Sweet Water Foundation’s Emmanuel Pratt to direct the Chicago State University Aquaponics Center, his budding partnership there with Myles Harston, and Mayor Rhom Emanuel’s enthusiastic support for all of this supports the notion that we are at the edge of inclusion on the national stage.

I hope you will consider widening your students’ visions to an American Indian collaboration for starters, with China, Egypt, South Africa, and Brazil soon to follow!

IBM

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.”

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/130096388.html

Short film re IBM Report(scroll down a bit)

http://growninthecity.com/2011/08/scaling-up-solutions-aquaponics-in-milwaukee/

India

http://www.sankalpacmfs.org/cmfs/01coa/aquaponic/iaai.html

State Department

http://span.state.gov/jul-aug2011/eng/40-43-James-Godsil.html

United Nations

http://citiesprogramme.org/index.php/news/

NBC Nighty News, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and NPR

http://sweetwater-organic.com/press
http://sweetwater-organic.com/press/video
http://sweetwater-organic.com/press/audio

TED Talk by Sweet Water Design Consultant Charlie Price of Aquaponics UK

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nIL9hWW3-Q

Myles Harston Installer of Emmanuel Pratt’s Chicago State Aquaponic Systems

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Cq5n6V8O78

Aquaponics Association

http://aquaponicsassociation.org/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3Z6garmJ7c

Emmanuel Pratt’s Listing of Sweet Water Foundation’s Partners

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Cq5n6V8O78
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3Z6garmJ7c (spawning)

Milwaukee:

Honey Creek Elementary
Fernwood
Shorewood
La Causa
Texas Bufkin Christian Academy
Loyola Academy
SUPAR (School of urban planning and architecture)
Montessori High School
Bay View High School
Rufus King
Vincent
North Division

MATC

MSOE
UWM
MIAD

Chicago:

Whitney Young High School
St Ignatius College Prep
Betty Shabbaz Charter School (grade school, middle, high school)
North Lawndale College prep
KIPP Ascend Chicago
Bowen Environmental Studies High School
Chicago Ag High School
Woodlawn schools (~10 through the woodlawn organization)
Englewood
East Garfield schools?

Kennedy King Community College
Olive Harvey Community College

Chicago State University
University of Illinois Chicago
University of Chicago
Illinois Institute of Technology

Milwaukee:

Center for Resilient Cities
MTEC
Walnut Way
African American Womans Business Association
NABVETS
CVI
La Causa
Miss Joe’s Daycare
IBM
Architecture for Humanity
Allen Washatko

Chicago:

MK Chicago
Urban Gateways
Urban Partnership Bank
City Planning Department & sustainability officers (Dan Cassanova, Matt Howard, Rocky Marcoux, Clifton Crump)
IBM

Cannon Design
Architecture for Humanity

Example of types of current SWF projects:

  • The MYCELIA Project (both Milwaukee and Chicago).. will include slides and structure/description of the program
  • NABVETS barrelponics project (Milwaukee)
  • Training of the teachers with La Causa
  • Coordinating Urban Earth Week with Kennedy King College

Detroit Start Ups

In Brightmoor, the folks at Eden Urban Farms are teaming up with the nonprofit, City Mission, to install a system in CM’s headquarters on Schoolcraft Road. Edwin Dowell from Eden Urban Farms expects to be harvesting by the end of 2012 and says they’re looking to sell the fish to local restaurants and distribute to neighbors.

As part of his RecoveryPark project, Gary Wozniak is in the final stages of acquiring a former paper manufacturing plant, to house an aquaculture farm (aquaculture, unlike aquaponics, does not involve growing vegetables). Wozniak has a goal of harvesting tilapia by the summer of 2013.

The Nsorma Institute, a K-12, African-Centered, charter school, in collaboration with the East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC) have finished renovations on a space within the school, and are expecting to have the system operational soon.

Zak Rosen is an independent radio producer and reporter. He was most recently staff producer on State of the Re:Union, a public radio documentary show co-distributed by NPR and PRX. Prior to that, Zak produced The Craig Fahle Show, WDET’s daily local affairs program. Rosen is on the steering committee of Detroit: City of Hope. This is his first piece for Model D.

Grade Schools and High Schools

First Lady’s High School, Whitney Young?, Partnership with Sweet Water

Groups also worked hard to learn from others, including Executive Director of Sweet Water Foundation Emmanuel Pratt, Executive Director of Center for Urban Transformation Orrin Williams, Vice President of Chartwells Food Services Bob Bloomer, Purple Asparagus chef and “head spear” Melissa Graham. In total they interviewed 127 people to learn far more than what any one teacher could teach them.

Students in groups of three to seven, with a mean size of four per group brainstormed and became inspired after watching over 88.75 hours of TED.com and Taylor Mali’s Apple A Day. The range of topics that students did varied; some students defining community as being online, encouraged them to turn off electricity in their house and gather their family and friends and play a game together to conserve energy (Thank you Evil Controllers for your help!).

They became inspired by reading Michael Pollan’s Omnivores Dilemma and told over 3282 people about the impacts of their food choices on both their health as well as on the health of the environment. Additionally they cooked 142 homemade meals (many from scratch) to serve to their family. Each meal culturally significant to each student’s ancestry.

Two groups built 19 vertical gardens for businesses, schools, and food shelters that feed the homeless in urban areas where out door space is limited, but window space is abundant to grow fresh culinary herbs and encourage healthier cooking.

Another group is currently working on building their own wind turbine to generate electricity for our schools aquaponics system. The aquaponics systems was used as a resource to teach the importance of water conservation, sustainability, and urban farming. All 30 groups built their own miniature aquaponics system and learned how to take their concepts and ideas and turn them into realities with the help of Google’s Sketchup, Brew and Grow, and Alternative Garden Supplies all-the-while collecting long term data on the conditions their plants are growing in. Of course it wouldn’t be a science class if we didn’t explain the nitrogen cycle and how our fish’s ammonia waste is converted to nitrite and then into nitrate which is used as fertilizer for the arugula, tomatoes, basil, and peppers being grown in their systems within the schools’ greenhouse.

Joyous Youth and Sweet Water Sweet Soil Moments

Sweet Water Foundation Harvests Hard Won Information

http://springintogreen.weebly.com/event-images.html

Net Enhanced American Indian Aquaponics Initiatives

Connect Your Work With India Projects

Net Enhanced Pen Pal Exchanges!

Internet Empowering Interns Advance Collaboration Platforms

High School Aquaponics Miniature Project!

Advance UN Global Compact Cities, IBM, Commerce, and CIFE Collaborations

Live, Work, Tour Exchange Programs

ITC’s E-Choupal’s Internet Empowered 16,500 Indian Villages

Aquaponics TV Experiments

Introducing the Indo American Aquaponics Iniative(IAAI)

Five Thousand Sweet Water Sweet Soil American Indian Pictures

Sweet Water Foundation “Heavy Lifter” Jill Frey and Board Gearing Up to Advance

Links to Indian Pictures from June 2011 Visit

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/sets/72157627628075836/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/5938362922/in/set-72157627296034408/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/sets/72157627416413002/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/sets/72157627296034408/

Rural Scenes

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/sets/72157626961315445/

Mumbai and Rathnigiri

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/sets/72157626959080931/

Sweet Water Sweet Soil Energy Centers for Every City In Every Nation

Sweet Water, the Farm and the Academy,
Is a museum alive, an evocative destination, and a science lab!

Sweet Water is a high tech, high science,
High craft, high art

Center for safe and delicious food production--
fresh fish and produce, locally sourced!

Sweet Water is a center for hands on education
For young and old.

A center for attracting and energizing
Inventors, innovators, enterprisers…active citizens!

Civic minded celebrators!

Transforming our great industrial cities
Into even more inspiring organic cities.

Every city in every country,
In all of earth’s great civilizations and cultures…

Deserves a Sweet Water!

Sweet Water, Sweet Soil.
To be, once again,

Our children’s birthright,
Our elders security.

Sweet Water, Sweet Soil,
A means of harmony and dignity,

For one human race.

Sweet Water Theorem

FW + BB = SW + SV + SF + WWWW

where

F is fish

W is water

BB is beneficial bacteria

SW is sweet water

SV are sweet veggies

WWWW are world-wide wisdom workers web

Sweet Water WWWW Holiday Gift Designers

Sweet Water Theorem for Sweet Water Aquaponics Miniatures in Our Schools

  • for 10% of Great Lakes Schools, i.e. Sweet Water seas, by 2020, starting with Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and Toronto

  • 5% of the planet’s schools by 2030, with focus on arid and rainforest nations

Grateful,


Aquaponics Association International Conference Exceeds Fall 2010 Vision

Sweet Water/One World Aquaponics Item Number One: FARM Shop

Here is Charlie Price, the creator, along with Rebecca Bainbridge, describing FARM Shop:

the idea is basically take a farm and put it into a shop in central London… we were given a lease free for a year from Hackney council in london, and basically regenerated a disused building into 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…

Click here for the FARM Shop Summary pdf (2373K) Δ
Attach:farmshopfigure.jpg Δ Δ
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NBC Nightly News Story on Sweet Water Accelerates Expanded Vision

Here is a link to Brian William’s, Anne Thompsons’s, and Garrett Haake’s great contribution to the good food ®Evolution!

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/sweet-water-on-nbc/

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

Grateful,

Godsil

Toward a UN Conference on Urban Ag/Aquaponics(UAA) by 2013

A good case has been made to the effect that it is quite pragmatic to begin brainstorming
a Milwaukee inspired UN Conference on Urban Ag/Aquaponics.* We were described on Chicago’s NPR, after all, the “Silicon Valley of Urban Ag.” (I wonder if President Obama was at his Chicago home listening to that description?) :)

Asset based sequential development theory suggests we begin with the orchestration of an International Wingspread UAA conference over the next 12 months, using that landing as the platform to bring forth the UN Conference a year or two later.

http://www.johnsonfdn.org/

Wingspread Project

And as a first step toward that UN UAA Conference, I hope you are up for some on-line brainstorming to orchestrate a Wingspread UAA Conference with Michael Carrier, who has close friends there, myself, and others!

Feel free to forward this invitation. Widen the circle!

Viva, Milwaukee’s Renaissance rooted in our marrying the arts, sciences, and farming!

http://springintogreen.weebly.com/event-images.html

Sweet Water Flickr Photostream of inspired teachers and youth:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sweetwaterfoundation/

Teacher Testimonial

From: Lazzari, Andrew J <lazzara@milwaukee.k12.wi.us>
Date: Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 3:57 PM
Subject: Thank you Sweetwater!
To: jesseblom@gmail.com

Sweetwater Organics,

I am a fourth year teacher at the Professional Learning Institute in Milwaukee. This past semester, I had a student, Robert Banks, who had an interest in aquaponics and aquaponic technology. Having toured and thoroughly enjoyed Sweetwater, Robert asked one of your workers, Jesse Blom, if he would help him complete his goal of constructing his own aquaponics system. Jesse not only assisted Robert with information and help finding supplies, he also allowed Robert to volunteer and set up an internship that allowed Robert to work at Sweetwater throughout the week. Robert was thrilled and enjoyed the experience, as well as the knowledge and information given to him by Jesse and his co-workers. Thanks to the help of Jesse and Sweetwater, Robert successfully completed construction of our school’s first aquaponics system.

However, this experience impacted Robert far beyond his aquaponics system. A student who has struggled with high school, Robert had by far his best semester of high school to date. The D’s and U’s he was earning were replaced by A’s and B’s. He is a far more focused student and I have every reason to believe Jesse and the entire group at Sweetwater played a major role in that turn around. So, I’m writing to say thank you Sweetwater. Thank you for your help with Robert. Thank you for being a socially conscious organization, and most importantly, thank you for remembering the community that you work in. Organizations like Sweetwater benefit the community around them and we are fortunate to have them in Milwaukee. If there is anything I can do to help you in the future, please don’t hesitate to call.

Sincerely,

Andrew Lazzari
Professional Learning Institute
lazzara@milwaukee.k12.wi.us
(920) 606–1281

Universities and Research Institutes

India USA Grant Proposal

United States-India Science and Technology Endowment - Letter of Intent
According to published reports of the US State Department, water shortages threaten to reduce the global food supply by 10% in the next 25 years. Growth of agriculture productivity is not keeping up with the population increases in poverty-stricken areas. Acquaponics is a platform to counteract these effects in India. The proposed project will unleash the potential of aquaponics technologies, developed by Sweet Water Organics, Inc. (USA) to millions of Indian citizens, who will be able to produce affordable toxin free nutritious vegetables and fish for consumption and sale. Individual citizens and cooperatives will be empowered to directly address global food security issues.

Our project would communicate the benefits of local production of organic produce and fish, and provide the knowledge and equipment necessary for production. We will provide Indian citizens with an easy means of obtaining aquaponic fish and vegetable growing kits for home and school use and for large scale production in an urban setting. We will connect thousands of producers through mobile phone technology to an internet platform which will facilitate the rapid exchange of market and production data, continuously improving the knowledge base of this sustainable food production technology. Our partner IBM Corporation will provide guidance in developing the technology framework for collaboration and data sharing. This will bring together all the users, including local market vegetable and fish retailers. We will utilize all existing social media tools and the networks of all partners (India and USA) to communicate the information to the target markets.

Read the whole proposal here Δ (.docx format)

Michael Carriere Essay

Putting the “Urban” into “Urban Agriculture” Δ (docx format)
by Michael H. Carriere, Assistant Professor, The Milwaukee School of Engineering

Milwaukee School of Engineering Design Studio on Sweet Water Village

Design studios for Sweet Water Village by 30 Milwaukee School of Engineering students “Senior Projects.”

http://www.msoe.edu/academics/academic_departments/aebc/projects/

Milwaukee School of Engineering Student Project for Haiti Orphanage

http://www.OnProjectGrow.org

Marquette University Engineers Without Borders

Complimentary Businesses and Enterprises

  • Cargo Bikes

The students participating the the cargo bike program have 3 designs which they are prepared to present. We wanted to talk about the designs and get some feedback in order to make any necessary revisions before we start building. We would be available Friday after 3:00 to meet. Please let me know if that time is convenient or if there is another time that might work.

Thank you,

Emmett
Emmett Gross emmett.gross@gmail.com

Government Leaders

Here is a link to a Milwaukee City Economic Committee meeting which unanimously approved a forgiveable $250,000 loan/grant to Sweet Water Organics.

http://milwaukee.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=846891&GUID=806DB33E-B0D1-4C6C-8BB7-E952BF51D406&Options=&Search=

Here is a nice article by the “Bay View Compass’” Michael Timm on this award:

http://bayviewcompass.com/archives/7122

EPA Milwaukee Composting Network Grant Application

Here is an Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) grant application to establish the Milwaukee Composting Network?.

Grass Roots Community Partnerships

Sweet Water was instrumental in helping this community garden group featured for its harvesting of rootop water to nourish the Hyde House Community Garden.

http://bayviewcompass.com/archives/7098

Eco-Tourism Initiative Linking Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee

National Association of Black Veterans Center for Veterans Initiatives

This pilot aquaponics miniature project at their headquarters’ carriage house garage is being developed as a first step toward a Neighborhood Aquaponics Initiative, eye on the prize of an aquaponics miniature on every city block within 10 years, and veterans career developed through the transformation of foreclosed homes into eco-habitats, which include weatherization, small is beautiful architecture, raised bed gardens and, for some, aquaponics miniatures. Here are some pictures of this start up project:

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Milwaukee Water Council

IBM

IBM awarded Milwaukee a $400,000 “Smart City” Grant in considerable part because of the Water Council’s introducing them to the urban agriculture methodologies of Growing Power and Sweet Water. Here’s a nice Global Compact City story on this award, which will bring a team of about 5 IBM creatives to Sweet Water to provide “instrumentation” for the global diffusion of aquaponics methodlogies.

http://citiesprogramme.org/index.php/news/milwaukee_wins_ibm_award_and_support_for_urban_aquaculture/

Here’s my note on how I hope the IBM grant will advance the Sweet Water project:

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/HomePage#toc31

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