The vertical farm will expand and improve Growing Power’s greenhouse and aquaponics operations currently spread over a two-acre site located in the City of Milwaukee. Five stories of south-facing greenhouse will allow the production of plants, vegetables, and herbs year-round. Expanded educational classrooms, conference spaces, a demonstration kitchen, food processing, storage and freezers, as well as loading docks will support Growing Power’s expanding mission as a local and national resource for learning about sustainable urban food production. The project would build 150 hoop houses, or protective structures for growing vegetables in raised beds, on vacant or blighted city-owned lots at various locations.
The fundraising is in progress and a potential partner seems to be the council of Milwaukee who could use the project to help tackle unemployment.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The team project includes an architect and engineer working alongside Growing power inc. and the Sweet Water Organics foundation, a non-profit organization who are experts in aquaponic systems and education.