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Published: August 20th 2015

by: Caitlin Jackson



Grow One MillionPounds of FoodA Year

This Milwaukee based aquaponics farm has developed a method to feed communities anywhere.

Food is scarce. Except on this aquaponics farm in Milwaukee. They grow 1,000,000 pounds of food per year, including 10,000 fish, on only 3 acres of land. Even in the cold Wisconsin winters, they keep it up with greenhouses and up to 500 yards of compost to provide the interior heat. With this kind of growing model, perhaps the issue of food scarcity doesn’t need to exist. Food is readily abundant when we change our perceptions on how to farm.


It’s been considered considered for many years that in order for a family to raise all of their food, they would need at least 2 acres of land. Growing on surface land is not the only approach. Just like we did with creating more building space, plants can be made vertical, increasing the square footage of your garden. The Milwaukee farm utilizes this approach, increasing their 3,000 square feet of space to 4,500 square feet of space.

The farm featured in the YouTube video below belongs to the Growing Power Non-profit based in Wisconsin. Their goal is to: “grow food, grow minds, and grow community”. With four farms total and various satellite locations they are working to educate locals about sustainable agriculture and healthy communities. The enormous output they yield demonstrates that an abundance of food is possible with even small spaces.

The food grown is distributed and sold to local markets, this includes fresh produce and grass-based meats. To grow minds and communities, Growing Power holds tours and workshops to those wanting to build their own aquaponics farm. Those who really want to get involved join their active volunteer base.

Watch the video to see for yourself. If you’re nearby, checkout a tour or workshop to see the whole setup first hand. Or if you have, let us know how it went.

'1 MILLION pounds of Food on 3 acres. 1 pump,10000 fish, 500 yards of compost ** Aquaponics **'

Grow enough food for you, your family, and your neighbors.

  • Get educated in aquaponics from a Growing Power workshop.
  • Get more food from your space in your own vertical aquaponics system.