Urban Farming Highlights Agriculture’s Imagination

Posted on Jun 14 2016 - 7:32am by UOG

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Metropolitan Farms has been around since 2015 and contains roughly 10,000 square feet of greenhouses, and aquaculture facilities.  One of the best parts? It’s all taking place in the middle of Chicago!

“Kant calls aquaponic farming a “healthier, more secure and environmentally sustainable food system.” Tilapia is a good low-risk species for getting started, he says – they are relatively hardy and are sociable enough to co-exist safely in tanks. As a bonus, their waste can undergo nitrification and help feed the lettuce crops.”

This facility is producing around 92,000 heads of lettuce, and almost 6,000 lbs. of fish annually.  “Most of the goods never leave Chicago, delivered to local farmers markets, restaurants and grocers.”

To read more about Metropolitan Farms, visit: “AGWeb.com