Fish Farming!

In the hallways of City Hall and in the bars of Downtown Racine there is talk of what kinds of businesses should be enticed to come to Racine as part of the Root River project.

What I have herd is basically two themes:

1) Lets sell water outside the Watershed and damn the hindmost

2) Tourism everyone wants to come to Racine! After all there are no Beaches,Boat Slips, or Bars anyplace then Racine.
I will not go in to details on with the high crime whole neighborhoods that look like war zones and no fast way to get to Racine from Hwy 94 that few are going to make that trip.

Lets look at business that could be encouraged and unlike the above be useful make money and create jobs, that of course be Aquaponics!

Yes Aquaponics, something as simple easy to do and products needed badly.

I have talked to more then a few Aquaponics farms and they have all told me the same thing, They sell what they produce and have standing orders for more. Be it in Milwaukee, the Small operation in Racine, or in New Orleans, its the same story, Aquaponics operations make money. They also produce good food for a local market. Food that is greatly needed. Investments in said tech would help bring about ways to do Aquaponics cheaper and more productively.

Racine as I am told is looking with Milwaukee to be a World Center of Water (Hey Tom how you like the J-S Editorial on 5/21/12?) A good idea if the Center would be to be a true center and not just words on a sheet of paper or cute talking points at a Press conference.

However that would take leadership something we are lacking in this debate.

I will have to see how the Rootworks is looking at this long term but I have little hope that outside the box thinking will be allowed by the powers that be.

FYI Mayor Dickert did a cute presentation with the Godfather of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on how Aquaponics can be a big player in Cities
From the Journal Times of Racine WI 3/12/12

The first step will be the technology, Dickert said, noting that Wisconsin, as well as Purdue University in Indiana, already have people who can get to work on the science.

“Fish farms have problems with disease. We will need to find a process or technology that does not allow for diseases,” he said. “Then it’s getting the investors involved. Right now we are moving very efficiently.”

If everything works out it will mean more jobs and opportunities for Racine, Dickert said.

“It may not bring 3,000 jobs, but if we can create a 1,000 jobs or a couple hundred jobs, and create a healthy food source for the city it is worth it,” he said.

Yet From the Journal Times 3/17/12 we have this Quote by Jo Heineman Natural Green Farms, 615 Marquette St., is one block from Racine City Hall, 730 Washington Ave. (emphasis mine)

“Why hasn’t he visited us if he’s interested in aquaponics?” Jo Heineman said. “The door’s still open for him to come.”

“We invited him when the other politicians came,” Joe Heineman said. “Did he get the emails? I don’t know.

“We can do (fish farming),” he said. “If they bring in somebody new, they don’t even know if the system works. We’re at the point where we can just explode (in business growth).”
In answer we have this

In response, Dickert said Friday he and others have been working at the tri-state level — Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana — to foster fish farming.

On May 13 2012 Supervisor Monty Osterman told me the Mayor had been there What? If so you would think the Mayor or staff would have said so.

Now at My Garden Space this morning I did hear something about a TIF in the area of Racine’s Fish Farm. If this is happening Why? Is the City thinking about helping this Farm or maybe something else?
Something in line with The Downtown plan that calls for a whole redevelopment of the area…..???


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