Milwaukee’s urban fish farm makes the Wall Street Journal

It’s encouraging that the effort at Sweet Water Organics seem to be paying off, as the Wall Street Journal is the latest and perhaps most widely-read media body to report on it. Their story ran in today’s issue, which is available online here.

It’s been a while since I’ve been inside Sweet Water, but I have an extensive photo record of the transformation of the former crane factory into its present form. Before the work began to convert it to a fish-veggie farm, the inside of the old abandoned factory looked more like a post-apocalyptic daydream, with ocher  windows covered with industrial soot allowing the faintest light to come in. Now, it has clear windows that allow sunlight to pour in, and the grey, dusty floor has seen great plywood risers become filled with vegetables, all while the troughs in the ground were filled with water and tens of thousands of fish.

Or to let the pictures do the talking:

Dark and depressing interior photo of the old factory
From this... (Photo by Jason Haas.)
Bright new interior with plywood infrastructure
To this... (Image © Sweet Water Organics.)
Big, healthy lettuce plants springing up at Sweet Water
...to this! Doesn't this lettuce look delicious? (Image © Sweet Water Organics.)

I was just telling my wife that I had some tickets for fish from Sweet Water. While I’ve tried the lettuces that they grow there, and find them to be richer in flavor and “feel” than even some of my best homegrown lettuces, I’ve never had their fish. We’ll have to change that.

Congrats, Sweet Water, and keep up the great work!

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.

2 thoughts on “Milwaukee’s urban fish farm makes the Wall Street Journal”

  1. Do you have tours/ or workshops of your farms? , Interested in ras systems, cant do outside, big bear problem, looking for info, Located in central Wi, Wausau,/ Merrill area,

    Put fish fish fish in subject line so I can find it in the spam, Thanks a million

    Pat Heckert

  2. Hiya, Pat! I’m not part of Sweet Water, but you can certainly call them and ask them. They’re at (414) 489-0425. I’ll email you with that info, too.

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