Central Greens serves up fish and produce for Milwaukee

The raft tank at the CDC South Aquaponics greenhouse in Brooks, Alberta. Photo by Bryghtnyght, used under a Creative Commons license (CC BY 3.0)

At Edible Milwaukee, Brett Kell has a nice profile of Central Greens, Milwaukee’s latest aquaponics venture. (For the uninitiated, aquaponics combines aquaculture and hydroponics in a mutually supporting system.) Kell writes,

Not long after local real estate developers Sheila Firari, Lance DornBrook and Mike Myers purchased the former Story Hill Gardens Nursery site at 51st and Bluemound, a sour housing market forced them to abandon plans to develop condos on the residentially-zoned property.

10th District Alderman Michael Murphy suggested the possibility of building an urban farm. The idea took root.

Lance DornBrook’s son, Bowen, 25, had been studying biology at UW-Milwaukee and nurturing a keen interest in horticulture, aquaculture and hydroponics after working as a volunteer at Growing Power and at Sweetwater Organics, a commercial urban farm that used the same production model pioneered by [Growing Power’s Will] Allen.

“I was motivated and inspired by the whole aquaponics system as soon as I saw it at Growing Power, but it was important that if we were going to do this, we needed to research and test the system we were thinking of to ensure it would work the way we thought it could,” he said.

Find the full piece, and photographs by Erika Kent, here.


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