Urban Organics has announced their expansion plan
Our friends at Urban Organics are expanding with a second location to meet demand from local restaurants and grocers. Their leadership initiatives and the innovative process of the closed-loop recirculating aquaculture system has been such a success, they now need more real estate to fulfill the popular demand in the food desert of St. Paul, Minnesota. Minnesota based Pentair Inc. developed a filtration system that supported Urban Organics to move aquaponics beyond hobby farms and into a commercial facility. Since the ribbon cutting ceremony April 2014, UO has gained positive attention nationwide providing about 300 fish a month and 1,200 pounds of organic vegetables and herbs to local markets. At the new location, they plan to utilize the lessons learned regarding square footage and upgrading their systems.
Pentair AES is credited with providing the technology that allowed Urban Organics to scale up and move forward with the expansion to the Schmidt Brewery site. "We believe that recirculating aquaculture systems like this are a technology that will allow us to sustainably feed the world and build a good, and big, business. We want to be the ‘Intel Inside’ that helps the process work."