Urban Organics, with Pentair, a global company helping its customers produce more food and efficiency in water usage, purchased the former Schmidt’s Brewery building in St. Paul, MN with intent to construct the largest commercial aquaponics facility in the world. Construction, led by ICS, is underway on the 87,000 square foot indoor aquaponics facility. When complete, the facility will provide 275,000 lbs. of fresh fish and 400,000 lbs. of organically grown produce annually.
Aquaponics uses two percent of the water required in conventional farming. The waste-filled water is released from the tanks through gravity and seeps into a filtration system. The system removes sludge and leaves the water clean and filled with nitrates. The water is then pumped into rows of vegetables growing underneath fluorescent lights. The intricacies of construction, combined with the historic fabric of the Schmidt’s brewery building have been an exciting and rewarding challenge as this project continues to move towards successful completion.