Aquaponic Farming: The Garden of the Future
The short version of this story sounds something like David Ellis wants to save the world.
The longer version starts in 1999, when his close friend passed away form sudden cardiac arrest on the basketball court of his high school. This led Ellis to launch project ADAM, named after his fallen friend and standing for Automatic Defibrillators in Adam's Memory. His first entrepreneurial endeavor led to these life-saving devices being placed in schools and other public areas around the country.
Next on Ellis' save-the-world list was helping people eat better. After two years of research and development on local and organic food trends, he noticed that there was a need for more indoor urban farms. Enter Greens & Gills, Chicago's first aquaponic farm, a farm that takes byproducts from fish to grow plants without the use of soil. It's a beautiful and efficient process that yields massive quantities of leafy greens and herbs that satisfy chefs' and diners' need for local and delicious produce.
Greens & Gills is located in the burgeoning urban farm community The Plant. We stopped by the garden of the future to see how the system works and how it is feeding Chicago.