We were just up in Wisconsin recently for more learning and training with our friends at Growing Power in Milwaukee. Several of our team participated in their aquaponics workshop, an intensive three-day course that combined the science of growing fish and vegetables together with hands-on construction where we built an aquaponic system from scratch! We were excited to meet fellow aquapons from all over the country, as well as those from far-away places like London and Greece.
Following that training, it was time to build! In the space of an afternoon, our workshop leader, Danny, took us through the steps of constructing an aquaponics set-up that used "ebb and flow" plumbing to recirculate water into the system.
Our team also got experience on the vegetable side of the operation, learning Growing Power's ideas on the best vegetables to grow aquaponically, how to provide the most nutrient-rich environment for the plants, and how to find local markets for our produce and fish. Growing Power's insights on how to best work with local and state governments to set up aquaponic operations reflected their great experience in the field.
for - custard and cheese! We enjoyed fantastic custard cones at Kopp's Frozen Custard in Milwaukee (flavor of the day, "kolackzi"!) and cheese curds at the one-of-a-kind Mars Cheese Castle near Racine. What a weekend of learning, growing, and enjoying Dairy State treats!