United Nations Global Compact City Report on Sweet Water India Kerela Project


Update Links re Sweet Water Kerela Partnerships

Link to Youtube video of the aquaponic system in Kerala before planting

One minute video using time lapse photos of the system build out and mural painting

These photos on this website are great too

Report on Sweet Water Growing Networks Kerela India Project From Indian Newspaper


Shajan John and Chaya Nayek’s Kerela USA Aquaponics Initiative

A Boston Sustainable Agriculture Examiner story - http://www.examiner.com/sustainable-agriculture-in-boston/cross-continental-case-studies-aquaponics

The prezi about this project.


Kerala, India partners that we have agreed to work with for the moment are;
Educational Partner: St. Albert’s College, Ernakulam. Department of Aquaculture, Dr. Ajith Thomas John. (http://www.alberts.ac.in/index.htm)
NGO for Social Engagement and dissemenation at the local level when our localization effort reaches a level of confidence we are aiming for is Kottapuram Integrated Development Society - KIDS (www.kidskerala.org)

Summary of Links Validating Indo American Aquaponics Collaboration

There is an increasing amount of on-line validation of Indo American aquaponics collaborations, sparked by the US State Department sponsorship of my 3 week Sweet Water tour to Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Rathnigiri, Kolkata, with a focus on visits to faculty and grad students at a number of Central Institutes of Fisheries Education(CIFE).

  • Here is a State Department story regarding my visit to India:


Less than a half year following my visit, Shajan John of Cochi, Kerela, but also Milwaukee School of Engineering(MSOE), and Dr. Subra Mukherjee, of Kolkata, and adjunct professor from U. of Colorado with close ties to the U. of Calcutta, have orchestrated projects of great possibility.

  • Shajan has won some start-up funding to support his touring some Indo American trade shows and partnering with the Sweet Water Foundation to begin the training of 10 U. of Madison students for a 5 week foundation laying project in Kerela, with a focus on schools and eco-hotels.


  • Dr. Mukherjee has assembled the most comprehensive aquaponics compilation I’ve ever seen for his Congress on Urban Green Space(CUGS) Delhi presentation:


  • United Nation Collaboration


  • IBM Smart Cities Grant and Report Advocating Globalization of Aquaponics


  • MacArthur Foundation Mozilla Duke U. of Cal. $175,000 Life Long Digital Learning Competition Award


  • Voice of America Support


  • “Harvard Business Review” and “The Economist” Accolades


An innovation zone

The emerging urban aquaponics effort in Milwaukeecreating an innovation zone linking science, start-ups, and the community. It connects water researchers at the University of WisconsinMilwaukees School of Freshwater Sciences (the nations 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. Milwaukees 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 industryand also get healthful food to poor neighborhoods.

By mid-2011 proposals were in place for an Aquaponics Innovation Center, backed by Milwaukees mayor with analytic support from IBM, to link universities and K12 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.

Whats right with America can fix whats wrong

For all this gloom, the Reviews 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.

  • Asian Market Commercial Magazine Coverage


  • Sweet Water Mainstreaming Aquaponics in Wall Street Journal, New York Times, National Public Radio, and NBC Nightly News


Media Mainstreams Sweet Water Aquaponics

  • State Department and Commerce Supporting Sweet Water and Growing Power


  • IBM and Water Council Endorsement

(scroll down a bit to the short film)

  • NBC Nightly News Coverage

On Sweet Water Organics, i.e. The Farm


On the Sweet Water Foundation, i.e. The Academy


  • New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Shepherd Express, Milwaukee Journal and more Enthusiastic Articles


Engaged Indian Engineer Professors Advancing Aquaponics Projects



Godsil Sunday Noon Tours To Include India Exchange Project Report

Will be renewing my Sunday noon tours to share the Sweet Water story and
bring in some revenues for the Sweet Water experiment in large scale urban
farming, democratizing and internationalizing aquaponics and vermiculture,
and developing new modes of hands-on learning for learners young and old.

Noon Sunday $10 per person(kids either free or half price)

India American Learn Work Tour Project
For resilient Americans up for some inspiring learning, work, and touring
in India with a price around $2,500 for a month(add $1,500 or more for airfare),
with some very bright and inspiring sustainability folks who are also the inheritors
of centuries of small scale organic farming.

To be discussed in final leg of the tour!

Here are some pics from recent Sweet Water India visit.


Send an e-mail for advance on line info.

Bring your visiting family!


Indian Tour Photos

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Orissa Indias Chilika Prawn Farmers

When I met with The Peoples Bijay Barel, Ranjan Panda, and the community of Chilika, whose initially successful transformation of farm land into Prawn ponds met with the death by disease of each and every prawn and a severe crisis of livelihood, I had to forthrightly confess my near total ignorance regarding the art and science of prawn farming. But I made a commitment to do my best to harness the power of the internet and the expanding interweaving webs of Sweet Water partners to address their challenge. This site is part of that commitment and, in the way that I pray, I pray that it provides a collaborative platform to connect people with ideas and resources that will transform this problem into a series of new possibilities for the farmers of Chilika, and others who face similar obstacles.

Please send an e-mail to [email protected] if you would like to explore helping out with this project.

Chilika Correspondance
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University of Kolkata Gathering

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India and America Sharing Resources

A friend who has been in charge of superfund cleanup sites (including surface water and stream contamination) recommended resources from EPA.

Ground and Surface Water remediation http://www.epa.gov/nrmrl/gwerd/

Groundwater remediation http://www.epa.gov/nrmrl/gwerd/gw/index.html

Groundwater technical support center http://www.epa.gov/nrmrl/gwerd/tsc/tsc.html. The last site names two contacts who might lead an interested party to a list of professionals engaged in this effort, perhaps they can lead to a list serv. It is a very technical section of EPA, and their responsibility is to the U.S. rather than to abroad, but perhaps they would agree this is a global issue and engage good minds in distant places.

Best wishes and heres hope new generations will solve more problems than create problems.

Jama Crawford
Shared Harvest
Durango CO
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Indian Media Coverage of Sweet Water Tour

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Background Reading

Open Source Correspondence Re India & The World Aquaponics Experiments

Last edited by Godsil. Based on work by godsil and Tyler Schuster.  Page last modified on August 21, 2012

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