A group of Calgary entrepreneurs has opened the city's first commercial scale aquaponics facility producing fresh vegetables and fish year-round without soil. As Carolyn Kury de Castillo reports, it's what some are calling the future of agriculture.
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The kale being used in a salad at Model Milk was harvested just an hour before being tossed in a bowl on Saturday. The popular Calgary dining spot is one of around 30 restaurants that now serve produce grown at Deepwater Farms.
“It’s so juicy and so fresh,” said Model Milk chef Blair Clemis. “It’s something where there’s no degradation of quality due to travel.”
Located in a Calgary warehouse, Deepwater Farms aquaponics facility is producing 500 kilograms of greens and 250 fish every week.
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“It’s really exciting to be able to do it year-round in Calgary and help lead the way for other growers to be able to provide more fresh and local options in Calgary,” said Freshwater Farms CEO Paul Shumlich.