Fall/Winter 2010

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Fish Don’t Speak English

When it comes to fish, there are no language barriers. Growing Power, a sustainable urban farm operating as a non-profit organization in Milwaukee, brought together more than 1,500 attendees from nine different countries for a recent three-day international conference.

Will Allen, a MacArthur Fellow named one of “Time Magazine’s” 100 most influential people from around the globe this year, is chief executive officer of Growing Power and was host of the conference. The goals of the conference were to showcase and share the methods that provide food to central-city neighborhoods, including using aquaponics, a synergistic plant-and-fish-production system.

Allen has relied heavily on the expertise of UW Sea Grant Aquaculture Specialist Fred Binkowski in refining Growing Power’s cultivation techniques. At the conference, Binkowski spoke about fin fish husbandry and biology, water quality, and aquaculture system design and technology.

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University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute & University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute.

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