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Superior Fresh – World’s Largest Aquaponics Facility

Touch the Soil News #1032 (Feature photo – Superior Fresh Facilities – courtesy of Superior Fresh) Controlled environment agriculture (historically called greenhouse growing) is adopting high tech to become more efficient and financially sustainable. Combining fish production with leafy green production (aquaponics) is not new, but struggles to be efficient and financially sustainable. Superior Fresh, the world’s largest aquaponics facility, is located in Hixton, Wisconsin. According to the company’s website, their facility includes: 40,000 square foot steel fish house that produces 160,000 lbs. of fish annually. 123,000 square foot glass greenhouse that produces 1.8 million lbs. of leafy greens annually. First Inland Atlantic Salmon farm in the U.S. You can…

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Growing Shrimp in the City

Touch the Soil News #905 (Feature photo – Frozen Shrimp- CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Greenville, South Carolina is a modest city of around 70,000. However, it is at the center of a much larger metro area of some 400,000. Marine biologist Valeska Minkowski understands that global shrimp production is unsustainable and has too many negative impacts to ocean eco-systems. In order to eat fresh shrimp, Minkowski decided to start a shrimp farm in Greenville. Now, one year into the project, she has harvested her first 200 lbs. of shrimp – which sold out immediately. Recently the Greenville News did story on her enterprise and what the future looks like for…

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