Friday, September 25, 2009

Vacation Tour: Growing Power

Growing Power is is an urban farm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They hold tours there everyday beginning at 1:00 P.M.. This was one of the things we were most excited to see as we had slowly begun our trip back home. Our tour ended up being about 3 hours long. It was amazing. What was even more amazing is that Owen and Carmel were able to hang in there the entire time. It was way above the call of duty for a 3 year old and a 1 year old, but they really did it and the whole thing was truly incredible. If you have any interest in gardening, greenhouses or...ahem, worms. Then definitely check out their website. And if you ever make it into Milwaukee you should treat yourself to a tour.

About 10,000 Perch swimming around in the underground tank. The water from the tank is supplying the two beds above it with water and nutrients. The plants filter out the water which is then drained back in to the fish tank. Seriously cool!

Those are a whole heck of a lot of worms in that wooden bin above happily eating away at some compost.
Water being pumped from one of the fish tanks into a bed of watercress.

Tilapia tank.

This is a smaller version of the first. You can see the pond liner in the bottom where the fish are. The fish are sunk into a four foot deep tank, again, with the two beds above for plants.

Really, check out the link if you have a minute because they are doing so many great things. It's certainly worth a bit of a peek.

Happy weekending everyone.

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