The First Certified Aquaponics Farm In Chicago: Does It Get Vertical?

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Going back through materials you saved over the past year is a bit of a New Year’s chore. But sometimes, you strike gold. Here is a great news story on Chicago’s first certified aquaponics producer.

Some things to note:

  • This project was associated with The Plant, an operation the Urban Vertical Project loves to cover.
  • Greens and Gills was taking advantage of all available space in their operation by growing on multiple levels – hinting at the potential coming fusion of aquaponics and vertical farming.
  • It took 2 whole years of research and $150,000 to get the project underway.
  • The business has since been put up for sale. While we have seen aquaponics work extremely well on a small scale and the sustainability potential for growing like this is huge, it does seem to reinforce the hypothesis that commercial aquaponic farms aren’t quite ready. They seem to last for even less time than commercial vertical hydroponic/aeroponic operations. That being said, if you know of a few large commercial aquaponics producers that have been around for more than 3 years, let me know in the comments!