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Re-Imagine Milwaukee

Change from the inside out

For real and lasting change in our city, we need to change NOT from the top down, not even from the bottom up, but from the inside out.

Our project is called “Re-Imagine Milwaukee.” It calls on “the big brain,” the collected imaginations of a wide range of citizens.

This approach was pioneered by the Grace Lee Boggs Center a decade ago in Detroit, and used extensively at the Detroit 2012 Conference in July of this year.

Re-Imagine Milwaukee has six major components: Community Engagement, Local Food Production, Use of Foreclosed Properties and Vacant Lots, Food Hubs, Soil Building, Art and Celebration.

Community Engagement

As we engage members of Milwaukee neighborhoods, we will help them move from consumerism to citizenship using a community organizing technique set forth in The Abundant Community by Peter Block and the legendary John McKnight, who gave Barack Obama his first organizing job.

We will gather information on gifts, skills and passions of individuals, as well as inventorying neighborhood assets like businesses, organizations and associations.

Neighborhoods will decide what institutions work for their individual cultures. This employs a decision-making process created by the Zeidler Center for Community Conversations, using three questions to examine issues and solutions: (1) What can we do for ourselves? (2) What do we need some help with? (3) What do we want our government or other institution to do for us?

Jan Ponders Central Concept

Local Food Production

We will help expand local food production as appropriate to neighborhood culture in several tiers: (1) private front and back yard gardens; (2) community gardens in vacant lots and public parks; (3) commercial food production by interns learning the trade of Urban Agriculture; (4) urban Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) projects; and (5) Urban Farmers engaged in Homesteading.

Some of these strategies are already in use, created by the UW Extension, Growing Power, Walnut Way, Alice’s Garden, Victory Garden Initiative, the YMCA, Groundwork Milwaukee, the Young Farmers Education Program and others.

Use of Foreclosed Properties and Vacant Lots

As appropriate to specific neighborhoods, we propose tying foreclosed properties to local food production. Some city policies will need to change to make these strategies possible.

Foreclosed properties can be used to house groups of interns as they create and maintain community gardens. Plots in these gardens will be available to local residents; other plots will be worked by the interns to raise food for sale.

Other foreclosed properties will become part of a Homesteading Program. Qualified Urban Farmers will be eligible to have a house and adjoining vacant lot, where they will raise food for sale. They will restore the house as a residence and/or a site to process food. After meeting specific requirements on a timeline, the Urban Farmer will own the property.

Moment of Crystalization!

Food Hubs

Depending on neighborhood culture, Food Hubs will vary in form and size.

A Farmers’ Cooperative will serve as a Central Food Hub to purchase food from urban farmers. Prices will be set by the Cooperative’s members – including both farmers and customers, called “patrons.” The Co-op will prepare food in a central facility for delivery to patrons – stores, food co-ops, restaurants and farmers markets.

Neighborhood Food Hubs will feature cooperative kitchens – convenient places for neighbors to process food using canning, freezing, pickling, fermenting, drying, and other preservation techniques. They will also provide storage so residents don’t have to store food if they lack adequate space in their homes. An exchange structure will be set up so residents who worked on preservation projects can reclaim food using Milwaukee Area Time Exchange credits.

Churches, community centers, or peoples’ homes will be drop-off points for CSA deliveries, serving as even more localized Food Hubs.

Soil Building

New urban food production start-ups require fertile soil and compost, available from sources like Growing Power, Sweet Water Organics Foundation and Purple Cow.

Residual reclamation – capturing food wastes for soil building – is vital to make the process more self-sufficient. Composting and vermiculture will be done at appropriate sites using best practices.

Art and Celebration

The arts build community. They re-link people with each other and with their neighborhoods. They introduce and reinforce the concepts of a new paradigm – the change that comes from the inside out.

The arts tell the story of social change. They serve as advertising and education. Publicly produced art presents the message twice – through those who create the art and those who enjoy the finished artwork.

Projects will include murals, music, theatre presentations like Playback Theatre and the All People’s Parade, spoken word poetry, philosophy slams, food celebrations and other community events.


Re-Imagine Milwaukee is an overall structure designed to create a paradigm shift. Its six components – Community Engagement, Local Food Production, Use of Foreclosed Properties, Food Hubs, Soil Building, Art and Celebration – will produce a new spirit to embody and enliven the vision of our Re-Imagined Milwaukee.

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Re-Think Home Design, Orchestration, and Stewarding

Re-think Homes now involves a vision of empty nesting boomers or single boomers with more space than they need in their homes, yards, and garages, partnering with millennials who would like to move out of their parents’ home, get training and hands on experience in practical fields like food production, old home restoration and greening transformation, teaching, small business and/or enterprise start-ups, social media and internet empowerment, writing/public speaking, digital training/credentialing, etc.

Here are some people who could profit from Rethink Homes Married to Victory Garden Movement

  • home schooling families

  • suburban oversize home owners

  • youth who can’t afford college credentialing but could show wide variety of skill and knowledge sets through elaboration of digital training project SWF now prototyping

  • skilled boomers needing new meaning and talent outlet

  • myriad of “tinkerer’s workshops” to advance science and art of small space intensive food production

  • elder owners needing company and various kinds of support

and more.

Some Practical Skill Sets for Transitioning Millennial
(especially our young men!)

  • raised bed food production
  • vermiculture & soldier fly larvae ranching
  • mushrooms in the basement
  • small aquaponics systems in the garage

cleaning house & dishes

  • cooking
  • painting/decorating rooms
  • lawn and garden care
  • working with other people
  • internet empowerment
  • neighborhood and community organizing
  • much more depending on skills of boomer “partners”

Real value of project now is to get people talking about the wasted resources of oversize homes, grass lawns, skilled people, both youth and old, and precious water/nitrogen/sunshine, needing something different than what now exists.

An Alternative to $100,000 College Loan Debt?

Web-enabled cellphones and tablets are creating vast new possibilities to bring high-quality, low-cost education to every community college and public school so people can afford to acquire the skills to learn 21st-century jobs. Cloud computing is giving anyone with a creative spark cheap, powerful tools to start a company with very little money. And dramatically low interest rates mean we can borrow to build new infrastructure — and make money. (Friedman in today’s NYT)

Partners Poised to Explore The Project: Lets Start With Our Engaged Scholars

There are a number of engaged university professors poised to team up with this, not only for the sake of their students and their research projects, but also because many of them are either boomers or have children who need something like that which this proposes.

On this page…

  1. Aquaponics Industry/Movement Seeks Engineers
  2. Steve Jobs Lessons & Inspirations for Organic City Co-Creators
  3. “Nuisance Complaints,” Urban Ag Development, Information Systems for Organic Cities
  4. Free Manuals on Establishing Aquaponics Systems, Large and Small
  5. Excellent Review of Different Aquaponics “Models”
  6. The “Growing Edge” On All Things Organic, Including Aquaponics
  7. New Zealand Commercial Upscaling Test of Melbourne’s Dr. Wilson Lennard Aquaponics
  8. Pictures from Sweet Water Initiative in Kolkata India
  9. Sweet Water and Sweet Soil Initiatives Offer Much for India Micro-Producers/Enterprisers/Innovators
  10. Interweaving 10,000 Urban Agriculture Aquaponics Webs Across the Planet
    1. 10.1  Resource to Connect With Citizen Scientists Across the World
    2. 10.2  Aquaculture Web Resource
    3. 10.3  India Query Inspired Early Planetary Conversation
    4. 10.4  Top Vermiculture Sources
    5. 10.5  Paul Stamets TED Talk On Mushrooms for Bioremediation
    6. 10.6  Comfood List Serv
    7. 10.7  Indian Trailblazers
    8. 10.8  UN Food for Cities
    9. 10.9  Charley Price Aquaponics UK
    10. 10.10  Joel Malcolm’s Backyard Aquaponics Form
    11. 10.11  Murray Hallam’s Practical Aquaponics Form
    12. 10.12  Will Allen’s Growning Power
    13. 10.13  Sylvia Bernstein Forum
    14. 10.14  Travis Hughey Barrelponics
    15. 10.15  Ohio State University Aquaculture Group Fish Source
    16. 10.16  Zurich’s Roman Gaus
    17. 10.17  Friendly aquaponics
    18. 10.18  Urban Farm Guys in Missouri
    19. 10.19  Godsil Radio Interview on Sweet Water Miniatures
    20. 10.20  Virgin Island Folks
    21. 10.21  Myles
    22. 10.22  Nelson and Pade
    23. 10.23  Philipp Wolfe
    24. 10.24  CSAs in Europe
    25. 10.25  Ir. Marielle Dubbeling, Senior adviser ETC Urban Agriculture,
    26. 10.26  Mrs Priyanie Amerasignghe, RUAF Partner Hyderabad
    27. 10.27  European Connections
    28. 10.28  Vermiculture Sources
    29. 10.29  Eathouse in the Netherlands
    30. 10.30  Do It Yourself Aquaponics Journal
    31. 10.31  Eco Tourism to Help Finance Urban Agriculture/Aquaponics Experiments
    32. 10.32  Godsil Concept Notes While In India
    33. 10.33  Raising Shrimp With Aquaponics

Aquaponics Industry/Movement Seeks Engineers

It is my deep belief that there are hundreds of semi-retired or retired engineers
in the USA who are “available for aquaponics mobilization.” It will not be enough to hit golf
balls and hang out at the mall for their remaining 20 or more years. They have
resources and hands-on experience and proclivities in perfect pitch with the hardward of aquaponics. Murray Hallam talked about the hardware of aquaponics being as powerful a draw for the fellas as a boy’s train (in the USA it was Lionel), and the plants and feeding inspiring the ladies, perhaps as much as, in the USA, barbi dolls did when my daughters were growing up.

Please help connect us with engineers and engineer societies in the USA we could
approach and aspire to make engineers stakeholders, first by winning their attention,
then some on-line brainstorming, then miniatures in their homes, schools, community
centers: merging currents that feed upon one another, emergent conditions greater than sum of their parts, sparking positive cascades.

Steve Jobs Lessons & Inspirations for Organic City Co-Creators

May Steve Jobs rest in peace.

Here is a summary of New York times articles re Jobs’ life with an eye toward its
relevance for co-creating organic cities.

The Power of Taking the Big Chace
Published: October 8, 2011


a captain of product design, inspiring his teams of workers, as he once said, to go “beyond what anyone thought possible” and to do “some great work, really great work that will go down in history.”

Mr. Jobs even failed well. NeXT, a computer company he founded during his years in exile from Apple, was never a commercial success. But it was a technology pioneer. The World Wide Web was created on a NeXT computer, and NeXT software is the core of Apple’s operating systems today.

Part of Mr. Jobs’s legacy will be the lessons learned by those who worked closely with him over the years. Here are just a few:

“You do not cut corners and you make sure the customer gets an experience that is an absolute delight,”


Mr. Jobs founded NeXT in 1985. It produced a powerful desktop computer, a stylish black cube, and its initial market was going to be in education. The idea was that the machine would be more than hardware and software; it would also offer content, “a universe of wisdom..

NeXT’s foray into education fizzled; its machines were too expensive for that market. But Mr. Jobs’s concept and business model for digital media were “the instinct that was translated to Apple with the iTunes store, 99-cents-a-song pricing and all the media offerings that have followed,” Mr. Hawley says.
“When Steve believed in an idea, he was both passionate and patient, scratching away over the years until he got it right,”

DON’T DWELL ON MISTAKES Steve Capps, a computer scientist, describes creating the Macintosh, which shipped in 1984, as a constant process of making decisions — part experiment and part product development, with steps ahead mixed with many setbacks. “Steve kind of knew what he wanted, but he didn’t precisely,”

Mr. Jobs was also decisive in recognizing mistakes, even when they were his own. For example, he favored one model of a disk drive — for reading computer programs stored on small, removable so-called floppy disks — while other members of the team championed another design. They kept their disk project going surreptitiously. When they showed him the result, he embraced it. “He turned on a dime,” Mr. Capps says. “Don’t dwell on your mistakes. It’s a great lesson.”

PASSION COUNTS FOR A LOT The relentless intensity and total commitment that Mr. Jobs brought to his work, former colleagues and friends agree, had a simple explanation: he genuinely enjoyed what he did and found it worthwhile.

“The most important thing that I learned from Steve is to always follow your heart. He believed that the only way to do truly great work is to adore what you are doing.”

Mr. Jobs made a lot of money over the years, for himself and for Apple shareholders. But money never seemed to be his principal motivation. One day in the late 1990s, Mr. Jobs and I were walking near his home in Palo Alto. Internet stocks were getting bubbly at the time, and Mr. Jobs spoke of the proliferation of start-ups, with so many young entrepreneurs focused on an “exit strategy,” selling their companies for a quick and hefty profit.

“It’s such a small ambition and sad really,” Mr. Jobs said. “They should want to build something, something that lasts.”
Published: October 06, 2011

Mr. Jobs was neither a hardware engineer nor a software programmer, nor did he think of himself as a manager. He considered himself a technology leader, choosing the best people possible, encouraging and prodding them, and making the final call on product design.

When discussing the Silicon Valley’s lasting contributions to humanity, he mentioned in the same breath the invention of the microchip and “The Whole Earth Catalog,” a 1960s counterculture publication.

Coming on the scene just as computing began to move beyond the walls of research laboratories and corporations in the 1970s, Mr. Jobs saw that computing was becoming personal — that it could do more than crunch numbers and solve scientific and business problems — and that it could even be a force for social and economic change.

And at a time when hobbyist computers were boxy wooden affairs with metal chassis, he designed the Apple II as a sleek, low-slung plastic package intended for the den or the kitchen. He was offering not just products but a digital lifestyle.

He put much stock in the notion of “taste,” a word he used frequently. It was a sensibility that shone in products that looked like works of art and delighted users. Great products, he said, were a triumph of taste, of “trying to expose yourself to the best things humans have done and then trying to bring those things into what you are doing.”

Mr. Jobs’s genius lay in his ability to simplify complex, highly engineered products…

Mr. Jobs’s own research and intuition, not focus groups, were his guide. When asked what market research went into the iPad, Mr. Jobs replied: “None. It’s not the consumers’ job to know what they want.”

In a commencement address given at Stanford in 2005, he said he had decided to leave college because it was consuming all of his parents’ savings.

Leaving school, however, also freed his curiosity to follow his interests. “I didn’t have a dorm room,” he said in his Stanford speech, “so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned Coke bottles for the 5-cent deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the seven miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.”

In 1975, he and Mr. Wozniak, then working as an engineer at H.P., began attending meetings of the Homebrew Computer Club, a hobbyist group that met at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in Menlo Park, Calif. Personal computing had been pioneered at research laboratories adjacent to Stanford, and it was spreading to the outside world.

In early 1976, he and Mr. Wozniak, using their own money, began Apple with an initial investment of $1,300; they later gained the backing of a former Intel executive, A. C. Markkula, who lent them $250,000. Mr. Wozniak would be the technical half and Mr. Jobs the marketing half of the original Apple I Computer. Starting out in the Jobs family garage in Los Altos, they moved the company to a small office in Cupertino shortly thereafter.

The Apple III, introduced in May 1980, was intended to dominate the desktop computer market. I.B.M. would not introduce its original personal computer until 1981. But the Apple III had a host of technical problems,

A year earlier(1983) Mr. Jobs had lured Mr. Sculley to Apple to be its chief executive. A former Pepsi-Cola chief executive, Mr. Sculley was impressed by Mr. Jobs’s pitch: “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change the world?”

He left Apple in 1985.

“I don’t wear the right kind of pants to run this company,” he told a small gathering of Apple employees before he left, according to a member of the original Macintosh development team. He was barefoot as he spoke, and wearing blue jeans.

If he had a motto, it may have come from “The Whole Earth Catalog,” which he said had deeply influenced him as a young man. The book, he said in his commencement address at Stanford in 2005, ends with the admonition “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

“I have always wished that for myself,” he said.

“Nuisance Complaints,” Urban Ag Development, Information Systems for Organic Cities

I would appreciate some on-line conversation regarding the development of an information
base to deal with the issue of neighbor complaints about urban agriculture activity over
the years in our back and front yards.

I am in the midst of a major mini-farm construction project that has inspired a “nuisance
complaint” by a neighbor. My response to this complaint could serve as the start of
an information system that would help future fledgling urban farmers know what is and
what is not acceptable, rather than waste inspector/citizen time going over issues resolved
in this process and documented/available on line.

A Bathtub Planter and Pallet Platform?

So I have a backyard bathtub planter that is only visible from a 10 ft. section of my alley(high
fences shield my yard from neighbors backyard).

I also had a pallet next to my trash containers.

Both are these items were listed as “nuisance.”

Full Disclosure

I should add that there were other aspects of my mini farm’s appearance at the time of the
complaint that represented deviations from perfection in my social practice that I am happy to
acknowledge and rectify, e.g. about 25 white plastic buckets visible in my side yard from the
street, some slates leaned up against the front of my house, some planting platforms that
were functional not aesthetic and also visible in my side yard from the street(if you crane your
neck to see over the raspberry bushes on the front land).

I have addressed these issues but do not want to set a precedent that would make it impossible
to develop a working farm with a neighbor who might prefer poison to kill every last week and
yards with no evidence of humans working or playing in them.

The Internet’s Information Storage and Retrieval Systems Key to Transition from Industrial to
Organic City

Rather than waste my or the building inspectors time, neighbors offended by urban ag developments in their neighbors back or front yards, could go to an evolving on-line site with an index, that might include, for example, bathtubs in backyards. At that site would be a list of decisions reached in this regard. This would help the neighbor appreciate the conditions under which such bathtubs are or are not a nuisance. And so forth and so on.

Anyone up for brainstorming this concept?


Free Manuals on Establishing Aquaponics Systems, Large and Small

Excellent Review of Different Aquaponics “Models”

The “Growing Edge” On All Things Organic, Including Aquaponics

New Zealand Commercial Upscaling Test of Melbourne’s Dr. Wilson Lennard Aquaponics

Dr Wilson Lennard of Aquaponic Solutions (, located in Melbourne, Australia.

Pictures from Sweet Water Initiative in Kolkata India

Include talks with the Department of Zoology, University of Kolkata, and the Kolkata Central Institute of Fisheries Education

Sweet Water and Sweet Soil Initiatives Offer Much for India Micro-Producers/Enterprisers/Innovators

My visit underscored the imperative of coupling “sweet soil initiatives” with sweet water ones in Indian American collaborations over the years. With its vast reservoir of small, organic producer labour power, connected via projects like ITC’s e-Choupal internet kiosks with the wider world, India could become the answer to a key challenge facing aquaponics, i.e. food for the fish!

Whole Foods, it is my understanding, is not at all happy with the aquapons use of smaller fish species as a protein source. The world’s experts have been telling me that red wriggler worms(which can be fed from compost through the millions of tons of Indian compostible wasted fruit and veggies as well as urban carbon sources like leaves and grasses) and soldier fly larvae could be worthy substitutes. These are labor intensive projects for Indian micro producers in urban and rural settings.

So, I am hoping you will provide some blessing and indirect support for advancing an
American Indian Sweet Soil and Sweet Water Initiative. I have established relations with some of the nation’s top compost/vermiculture and the worl’d top aquaponics pioneers.

And I am hoping for on-line introductions to people who might wish to explore these visions.

Finally, if you judge my efforts worthy, I have the motivation and the time for a couple of visits to other countries to share the Sweet Water Story over the next, say, 20 years. After my 85th birthday party I plan on being more sedentary.



Sweet Soil and Sweet Water Initiative for India

There are many reasons to couple Sweet Soil initiatives with Sweet Water ones looking forward beyond my visit. Less resources are required for start-up composting/vermiculture
projects than aquaponics ones. There are faster tangible results, e.g. soil amendments,
growing material for potted plants or rooftop/balcony containers, compost teas from worm castings for natural pest control. It is even possible with a long enough time frame to imagine India providing great resources for the search for land based fish food, e.g. red wriggler worms and soldier fly larvae, given its vast reservoir of small organic farmers, increasingly to be internet connected via e-Choupal type systems.

Godsil’s Proposed Resource Team for Sweet Soil Brainstorming

Let me know if you would wish introductions.

  • Sandy Syburg

  • Ronda Sherman

  • Clive Edwards

Interweaving 10,000 Urban Agriculture Aquaponics Webs Across the Planet

Resource to Connect With Citizen Scientists Across the World

Brought to me by Emmanuel Pratt.

Aquaculture Web Resource

India Query Inspired Early Planetary Conversation

Top Vermiculture Sources

Dear James,

We have the first scientific book on vermicomposting coming out in early September 2010. Earthworms, Organic Waste and Environmental Management is being published by CRC Press. It will contain 34 chapters with contributors from all over the world.

Most of the vermicompost studies conducted in the United States have taken place at Ohio State University. To access a lot of their studies you can go to the Soil Ecology Lab website which is linked to my website.

My website is When you get to this site, you will first see information about my upcoming vermiculture conference in May. It is the only training in the U.S. on large-scale vermicomposting. The top vermicomposting researchers will be sharing the results of their experiments.

If you scroll down and click on Vermicomposting, you will find a long list of resources, including the link to the Soil Ecology Lab.

I hope you can join us at the conference.

All the best,

Rhonda Sherman
Biological & Agricultural Engineering
NC State University Box 7625
Raleigh, NC 27695

Hi James,

There are literally thousands of these studies.

Here is a good one from a respected source.’s%20report.htm

If you google Clive Edwards (Considered the foremost authority on worms), or Rhonda Sherman at the University of North Carolina, they will also have lots of publications.


Jerry Gach

A colleague forwarded these postings along to me. There are a couple of studies available on the Worm Power (large vermicomposting operation in Avon, NY) website: If these are not sufficient, or you would like to know about more studies, let me know - I have a contact at Cornell University that is doing research.
Adam Michaelides
Program Manager, Compost Education

This seems like a good resource. I haven’t really delved into it yet, but I think this is what you are referring to.

Notably, this research indicates that vermicompost seems to help eliminate contaminates in soil.


Vegetable Growers News had an article on vermicomposting a month or two ago. It contained names of academic researchers who had fantastic finding about the benefits of worms, castings and tea. This is a publication primarily for commercial growers (skeptical of this “local sustainable” shit) so I thought it significant. Don´t have the info handy but know they do have an online version of the magazine.

Paul Stamets TED Talk On Mushrooms for Bioremediation

Comfood List Serv

This is an on-line collaboration platform that has methinks about 4,000 very active and knowledgeable “comfoodies!”

Please consider joining!

“Com Food” <>

Indian Trailblazers

A friend who is on the COMFOOD list forwarded your message about Sweet Water and your search for people applying permaculture in India. I think I may have a good match for you, especially re: starting projects in Indian schools.

Lend-a-Hand India is an incredible non-profit that reaches over 10,000 high school students in 3 different states. One of their main initiatives is Plan 100 and their Introduction to Basic Technology program which provides practical, entrepreneurial and life-skills training that includes: Engineering, Energy and Environment, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Home and Health. Through the program the students are empowered to apply their skills to their home communities. We plan to establish sustainability/appropriate tech research and training centers in communities as more students graduate through the program and become trainers/teachers/entrepreneurs/researchers themselves.

Here are links about the existing program and the way that they plan to integrate wholistic permaculture thinking more actively.

I recently started working as a Program Officer for Lend-a-Hand India and have been very impressed by their model and innovative collaborations in India (and for their programs in the US). For several years, I have also been working with a Permaculture non-profit based in NYC, Green Phoenix Permaculture and could connect you with additional colleagues that are doing permaculture in India.

Alice Lo
Program Officer

Tanvi Gadhia, Tanvi <>
Center for Food Safety/ Int’l Center for Technology Assessment
660 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Suite 302
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 547–9359, shweta kumari singh <>,,, Vandana Shiva <>,,, Matt Colaciello Williams <>

I recommend getting in touch with Navdanya- the founder and head researcher is Dr. Vandana Shiva, and there another great scientist there working on a Ganga (river) Pollution Project, her name is Shweta Singh.
Greening Initiative: Urban Kitchen Gardens (Dehli)

The Burari Garden of Hope on its way to becoming a Farm of Hope

In December 2010, in an empty plot within their residential colony, under the aegis of Jan Jyoti NGO and study centre, the children of Burari, a village close to Delhi, planted their Garden of Hope an initiative being spearheaded by Navdanya. The initiative has become a story of hope for us in Navdanya as the diligence of children came to fruition and the garden is blossoming with its first crop.

The children having eaten the fresh organic food along with their educators were so impressed that now they have convinced the community to give 1 acre of land to grow organic vegetables. Thus the Garden of Hope is now on its way to become the Farm of Hope.

Hope this helps, Navdanya is certainly central to India’s organic farming movement.

My personal opinion is that urban agriculture (rather than causing pollution and health problems) in fact can be a solution to those problems. I suspect you will probably find similar sentiment among the organic farming proponents in Delhi.

Tanvi Gadhia

There are several Indians in India doing permaculture and sustainable farming. Who are you trying to connect, and to what end? I’m connected with some orgs & individuals there, as are many other South Asian Americans in the food & farming movements.

Navina Khanna <>
Oakland, CA

On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 5:16 AM, Norman Feldman <> wrote:

You might contact Dan Kittredge, the Real Food Campaign, about India and permaculture. At a workshop on remineralizing the soil he spoke of his experience with Indian farmers who were interested in learning about better ways to farm.

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On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 7:39 AM, TERI VANHALL <> wrote:

Not sure if this is what you’re looking for, but Dr. Sudhir Kumar Kaura is a geneticist in India who posts news about GMO’s in India, he is on Facebook:!/Dr.Sudhir.Kumar.Kaura?sk=wall

Teri VanHall

UN Food for Cities

From London Sustain’s Ben ReynoldsNot sure if you’ve joined this network - Food for Cities run by the UN - contact Julien Custot about joining the email network, very helpful.
They tend to talk about urban agriculture with input from all over the world.

*Charley Price Aquaponics UK

TED Talk

Charlie in Uganda

*Joel Malcolm’s Backyard Aquaponics Form

*Murray Hallam’s Practical Aquaponics Form

*Will Allen’s Growning Power

*Sylvia Bernstein Forum

*Travis Hughey Barrelponics

Barrel Ponics System in South Africa

Ohio State University Aquaculture Group Fish Source

Aquaculture Group of Ohio <>

*Zurich’s Roman Gaus

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

*Friendly aquaponics

*Urban Farm Guys in Missouri

*Godsil Radio Interview on Sweet Water Miniatures

*Virgin Island Folks


*Nelson and Pade

The Living Food Bank® aquaponic system

Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® o

Here is Nelson and Pade operations manager who attended this
weekend Sweet Water Winter Conference One.

Nelson and Pade Logo A6 copy.jpg

Rebecca Nelson suggests they may have connections with a number of successful commercial scale aquaponics enterprises in an article on Sweet Water/Student Haiti project.

Nelson’s firm has systems in place throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia

*Philipp Wolfe

I have updated the photo album:

*CSAs in Europe?

  • Association pour le maintien de l’agriculture paysanne (AMAP) in France,
  • Reciproco in Portugal,
  • Landwirtschaftsgemeinschaftshof in Germany,
  • Gruppi di Acquisto Solidale (GAS) in Italy

The CSA started in Germany and Switzerland. I know there is an active and rather large one near Freiburg Germany where I was last summer. I can track down their contact information if you need it.

I would think farms in Portugal and Italy would come closer to replicating agricultural and social concerns in Greece, but I’ve never been lucky enough to get there.

Ed Garrett
Fresh Spin Farms
Davis CA

The French non-profit URGENCI ( does wonderful work around the world, but primarily in Europe, linking farmers with consumers in CSAs (and variations thereof).

Takis and Beatriki at Litsas Ecological Farm near Thessaloniki in northern Greece direct market their products and have been working on building a unique CSA-like cooperative farm model. They were also pioneers in organic agriculture in Greece in general, acting as educators and third party certifiers of organic ag in Greece before the EU had organic standards.

Panos Manikis’ Natural Farm in Edessa (also northern Greece) could be a useful resource as well.

Ir. Marielle Dubbeling, Senior adviser ETC Urban Agriculture,

Global coordinator RUAF-From Seed to Table Programme

CVFN 411 Dimensions of Urban Agriculture
Certificate Credit
Community Services Program Area

Duration: 42 Hours
Fee: $515 Canadian Dollars (Payment in full is required at time of enrollment.)

Date: Course begins Saturday, May 7, 2011.

Available through Distance Education (click enrollment).

This course describes the dimensions (functions, roles, benefits, potential risks) of urban agriculture and how these complement, supplement, compete with, substitute for, or undermine those provided by other land uses, sectoral activities and actors. The main dimensions covered are: health and food security, socio-cultural dimensions, economic dimensions, and environmental dimensions. Two well-documented case studies will be used throughout the course to highlight each dimension separately, before bringing them all together.

Note: This course has been developed in partnership with ETC-Urban Agriculture (ETC-UA) and the Resource Centre on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF), with technical support provided by The Chang School.

This course is part of a portfolio of four distance education courses on urban agriculture, including the following: CVFN 410, CVFN 411, CVFN 412, and CVFN 413.

Note: A sample course outline is available.

Telephone: ETC: +31-(0)33–4326039 ;
Home: +33-(0)565–741951
PO Box 64, 3830 AB Leusden, the Netherlands;

Mrs Priyanie Amerasignghe, RUAF Partner Hyderabad

“Amerasinghe, Priyanie (IWMI-Hyderabad, India)” <>,

Mrs Priyanie Amerasignghe, our regional RUAF partner in Hyderabad. She can connect you to UA projects in Bangalore, Hyderabad and other cities.

European Connections

I wanted to get in touch because I was very interested in your initiative to establish 100 jobs in urban agriculture. I am a founder member of the incredible edible project here in the UK and I run an open-source project which brings together the fundamentals of sustainable living.

I am currently working on a plan for a modular growing system for urban spaces, where the growing fits the space, but is capable of being transported as and when required as a result of being located on temporary land space - this is particularly useful in inner city spaces, where buildings can be dropped and the space left for a year or two - the idea is to enhance the biodoiversity and also demonstrate the way that growing can improve the urban space, and importantly employ and generate a living for people who grow the food.
I was very interested in your scheme of 100 jobs in urban agriculture and wondered if we might start a conversation and share insights?

If you have any pictures I can put them onto my website, which gets around 20k hits a month and is growing (!) all the time, we get a lot of US traffic as well as from around 100 other countries.
So… great idea - love the school linking, would like to talk more.
Best wishes from over the pond.

Dr Paul Clarke
Director of Sustainable Leadership, Cambridge Education / Mott MacDonald

Professor of Education
St Mary’s University College
Strawberry Hill
Director, Incredible Edible Ltd

Alexander MacKay, academic recruiter Rbt. Gordon U. and fish farmer

Vermiculture Sources

Top of the line vermicomposting business to check out:

Eathouse in the Netherlands

Do It Yourself Aquaponics Journal

Eco Tourism to Help Finance Urban Agriculture/Aquaponics Experiments

Godsil Concept Notes While In India

I am very grateful for your time and attention given to this vision of advancing the Eco system approach to food production called aquaponics! There is an abundance of open source technical support for anyone inspired by the concept of earth friendly water recirculating intense yield small space fish produce production in and around our cities.

My dream is to harness the power of the Internet to spark mighty collaborations connecting the planetary community of aquaponics with enterprising Indians in every one of your great cities over the next 35 years, as well as with your brothers and sisters who are doing right things in the UK and North America. I have worked very hard to discover who among the world’s top “aqua pons” are available to share their discoveries and accelerate the global diffusion of this “biomimicry” farming methodology. Now my ambition is to recruit partners in India to explore translating these human resources into instructional and entertaining form so that every high school and college teacher in the world with Internet access can learn about and teach aquaponics. I also hope to connect with Indian teachers for small demonstration projects at their schools. And I hope to inspire some of the Indian communities of north America to attend a fall conference in Florida and those in Australia to attend one there.

I do not have great facility w the used iPad I bought for my visit to India so I cannot be as powerful in my “Godsil concept notes” as I would like. But I can get started. If any of this makes sense to you, a good place to start would be to google “early sweet water story milwaukee renaissance.”. There you will find 10,000 words and images that constitute my notes for my dream of accelerating the day when 5 percent of America and India’s school’s have aquaponics miniature demonstration projects and every city of America and India has a Sweet Water large scale demonstration project and “Innovation Hub.”

This site is a wiki collaboration platform that I hope will be greatly enhanced over time, perhaps with help from IBM, which chose Milwaukee as one of about 20 “Smart Cities” for a $400,000 tech support grant because we are learning to “feed ourselves” through our “sweet soil”(via composting urban carbon and nitrogen residuals) and “sweet water”(via aquaponics) demonstration projects, e.g. Sweet Water Organics, Sweet Water Foundation, Growing Power, and more. Milwaukee also won designation as a UN Global Compact City, an honor adding to an inspiring “Grand Alliance” of all sectors of the government and civil society to share our urban agriculture discoveries as quickly as possible in cooperative globalization and collaboration of civilization experiments and initiatives.

Why not Nobel Peace Prizes for cities which partner to dramatically address food insecurity, social justice, sustainable economic development, and global warming through urban agriculture advances? Sweet Water and Growing Power have won the attention of Presidentel Obama, who bought our perch for his first major fundraiser, and our First Lady, who featured Growing Power’s McArthur Genius Will Alllen at her White House news conference announcing her support for the “Good Food Revolution.”. There is now a Sweet Water Aquaponics Miiniature demonstration project in Michelle Obama’s high school, Chicago’s Whitney Young. Aquaponics is going “mainstream” in Canada, the USA, and Australia. I hope to help diffuse these innovations in your great nation, which has the spirit and the intellectual capital to dramatically accelerate this process.

My choice of the most powerful first introduction to aquaponics is the NBC national news broadcast that introduced Sweet Water to America. Next would be Professor Charlie Price’s TED Lecture. You can access both at the Early Sweet Water platform I hope you will check out. Scroll down a bit to the very long table of contents. The NBC 3 minute show is 6.4 and Charlie’s 7 minute talk is at 10.7.

if you judge this concept worthy of more of your time, I hope you will watch the YouTube on the Asian aquaponics garden at 9.1 and then listen to my 5 minute radio interview at 10.17.

If you think these visions have merit I hope you will forward this concept note to your country’s active citizens, social business enterprisers, teachers and students, biologists and engineers, artists and scientists, government leaders and NGO professionals, Internet empowered farmers, artisans, chefs, and small business families.

A grand alliance for the good food revolution through natural, earth friendly, labor and mind/heart intensive aquaponics and vermiculture food production methodologies is forming in Milwaukee, which means to the original nations of North America “where the waters gather.” and their name for the Great Lakes, into which the 3 rivers of Milwaukee flow, was “The Sweet Water Seas.”

May we share dreams of sweetening our waters? Of learning how to feed ourselves in ways Mother Earth enjoys?

In the way that I pray, I pray for the day when some Indian cities, some American cities, and other cities, collaborate so mindfully while learning how to increasingly feed ourselves while more deeply understanding nature’s ways that that Nobel Prize arrives…naturally.

In gratitude with wonder,


On Tuesday, May 31, 2011, Ritesh Goel <> wrote:
Hello Mr. Godsil,

Thanks for considering HeadStart Foundation as part of this plan. I have started takinga serious look at this proposal within the organization. We have already evaluated a few points, and are further going to take a look at what kind of benefit can we provide tostartups who are willing to take up the Aquaponics business.

June 6th Note to Sylvia Bernstein on Delhi Presentation Focus

Our “industry and movement” are being met with great enthusiasm by the State Department staffers, American and Indian born,
and people they are connecting me with.

Govind Singh of Delhi Greens has signed on to the grant proposal Milwaukee School of Engineer’s Shajan John has been promoting, along with the City of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Water Council.

I am happy and honored to be written up as a “likely” participant on a panel devoted to something like Democratization and Globalization of Aquaponics” or “Aquaponic Possibilities in India.”

In my presentation for Delhi I am going to suggest:

  • Aquaponics Is a New Earth Friendly Food Growing Methodology/Industry Appropriate for India’s serious consideration

  • India Has the Resources and the Reasons to Advance “Aquaponics Gardening” and Aquaponics TV

  • The Sweet Water Hybrid Model of Commercial Upscale Experiment Coupled With Education Harvesting for STEM Disciplines, i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, Is Worthy of India’s Consideration

  • Aquaponics as Advanced by the Sweet Water Foundation Offers a New Educational Model for STEM Disciplines and

Enhanced Self Reliance in the Context of Community

  • Urban In Fill Developments With Sweet Water “Centers” 21st Century Real Estate Possibility

There are hundreds of pages devoted to supporting the above concepts at

New York Times articles on challenges ahead:

Raising Shrimp With Aquaponics

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