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Sweet Water Organics
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Owner description: A revolutionary urban farm located in the heart of Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood. We have repurposed an abandoned crane factory into a vibrant aquaponic farm raising fresh fish and vegetables in a sustainable system. We offer public tours every Friday at 6 pm and Sundays at noon.
Reviewed July 12, 2012

This place is just great. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They answer all your questions and are really helping the environment

2  Thank jcb53
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Reviewed January 23, 2012

It was great seeing what they are doing there. Only down fall was that we had some snow on the ground so when you go greenhouse to greenhouse, your feet get wet from the snow.
Very educational and hope more people see what it is all about!

4  Thank babyloulou
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

If you tour Sweet Water Organics, you'll feel as if you're within a massive science fair project housed within a re-purposed factory. During the 1.5 hour tour, you'll be shown massive pools containing thousands of fish and over them, there are rows of leafy vegetables grown from the nutrients within the tank water. Aquaponics was the term they used to describe this kind of farming.

What's striking, to me, is finally becoming aware of the energy and effort it takes to produce our food. On one hand, you have traditional farms with acres of land being farmed with massive machinery, pesticides and genetically engineered plants. On the other hand, here, you have an indoor farm grown on a skeleton of 2x4s watered and fertilized by aquarium water! It'll make you think, and perhaps it will inspire you.

This endeavor is worth supporting and encouragement, not necessarily for its practicality or potential profitability, but for depth of knowledge and experience it yields to modern human realities of expanding urban populations and countless hollow buildings that once housed America's manufacturing muscle.

I wasn't sure what to expect on this tour, but it was certainly worthwhile. You'll be standing most of the time, and the temperature of the tour basically depends on the outside temperature (so wear your coat if it's a cold day). Also, I chose to tour SWO rather than Growing Power, because kids under 10 are free.

4  Thank CCSconsin
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