A Calgary-based aquaponics company's journey from backyard science project to growing enterprise.
“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.
What young innovators can learn from Elon Musk
By some measures, Elon Musk has never invented anything. And yet the president of Tesla and SpaceX has inspired a young generation of business and engineering students smitten by his glamorous profile and apparent success.The question is whether students captivated by the larger-than-life entrepreneur's projects can learn from Musk's method of turning wild ideas into businesses, thereby helping reinvigorate the Canadian and global economies.
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.