Aquaponics farm brings sustainable, local eats to Calgary's top restaurants
Calgary's a land-locked, arid region with a chilly clime — not exactly suited to raising fish or growing leafy greens.
But a new sustainable farm is supplying some of the city's top restaurants by doing just that.
Demand for vegetables, fish harvested at Calgary aquaponics facility growing
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.
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Two indoor farms finding commercial success in Calgary are NuLeaf Farms, which produces greens and herbs, and Deepwater Farms.
Chef Darren MacLean, owner of Calgary restaurant Shokunin and recently a finalist on Netflix’s Final Table, was one of several chefs who supported Deepwater Farms from the very beginning, testing the greens that founder Paul Shumlich brought to his door.
Aquaponics farm puts fresh fish and greens on plates of Calgary restaurants
“The unconventional technology has given Deepwater the capacity to harvest about 450 kilograms a week of organic, locally grown produce. The company expects to triple that output once it is fully ramped up in late 2019. It can also harvest about 900 kilograms of fish a month — fresh, sustainable seafood that can go straight to the plates of landlocked Calgarians.”
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“If you like buying local food, your choices are about to expand, our landlocked province is dipping its toe into seafood production.
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“I remember my first plant. We’re growing this using fish waste. It’s as good as it sounds,” says Paul Shumlich, president and CEO of Deepwater Farms, which was incorporated in 2015.
Today, its 6,000-square-foot warehouse facility, located in an industrial park in the southeast part of the Calgary, employs three full-time people including himself.”
Raising fish alongside plants? "Water farmers" dive into aquaponics
Paul Shumlich is describing the farm he’s planning to build. It will contain no soil and admit no sunlight. The walls will be industrial-chic concrete, the floors spotless. Plants will grow in meticulous rows under LED lights, their roots suspended in water. Fish will swim placidly in blue pools. It’s all very clean, very tasteful, very Scandinavian. It’s Deepwater Farms, an aquaponics operation, and Shumlich is betting it’s going to change the way Calgarians eat.
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MRU student makes a splash with aquatic farm startup
A Mount Royal business student is making a splash in the business world with his start-up venture that could challenge cities to adopt more sustainable food systems on a large scale. It's called Deepwater Farms, and the startup is a closed-loop system, using aquaponic technology, to bring fresh organic food to local partners year-round. The system creates an environment where fish and plants are grown and harvested in water.