Those of you who have been long-time readers of Blogging Blue may recall the questions I’ve raised about Sweet Water “Organics,” the now-defunct company that was producing “organic” produce grown using aquaponics.
Despite my criticisms of Sweet Water “Organics,” I still believe in the viability of the use of aquaponics as a means of growing produce in urban settings, and now Jesse Hull and Molly Stanek of Imagine Aquaponics are bringing their expertise to a new project here in Milwaukee.
Currently Imagine Aquaponics is designing and building educational aquaponic systems in Wisconsin schools, while collaborating on plans for new aquaponic farms in California, Colorado, Texas, Michigan, and Africa.
“Imagine Aquaponics is very pleased to have procured a grant through the Aquaponics Association to fund the construction of an educational aquaponics system of our design within the rooftop greenhouse of Hawley Environmental School. We look forward to working with teachers Casey Mcevilly & Lesley Zylstra and the students of the Hawley Aquaponics Club. It is our belief that the refitted greenhouse at Hawley will become a beacon for other educators in realizing just how possible it is to establish and maintain a food growing system in our schools, to provide the platform for a curriculum that can teach our young people the value of science, technology, engineering and math in creating more sustainable and nutritious methods of food production.”
I’ll have updates on this new project as they’re available, and if you’d like to learn more about Imagine Aquaponics, you can visit their website.