Brooklyn Aquaponics Pioneer Talks Tilapia by @Seedstock
On top of a former Pfizer building in Downtown Brooklyn fish and produce grow together in a symbiotic system. The rooftop venture VertiCulture Farms , established in 2012, is an indoor aquaponic farm that offers fresh produce and fish to the surrounding area through several sales channels. The founders hope their rooftop farm model will illustrate the potential of aquaponics in cities. “We’d heard about hydroponics and aquaponics before, and thought we’d give it a shot ,” says Ryan Morningstar, one of the cofounders of the startup based in Brooklyn, New York . “We set up a small installation on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Exchange Building in downtown Brooklyn with recycled materials. We put a system together, got some tilapia and we saw that it worked.” Founded by four friends — Miles Crettien, Jacob Hill, Ryan Morningstar and Peter Spartos — VertiCulture Farms specia...