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This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com with another exciting episode for you today,
we're here in Chicago and I noticed on the field trip we're at West 46 Street and Bishop.
The plant. The plant is actually a place that grows food underground actually in the basement
at present time, this is actually an old site of a meat packing plant so I think it's Peer
meat packing, they used to basically pack meat,
smoked meat all kinds of stuff. I never thought in my growing experience and
my growing teaching and teaching people how to
grow foods that I'd be coming to a meat packing plant especially an industrial meat packing
plant at that. Anyways this building was built in the 1920s
and then in about 2006 it was believed they were shut down through the USDA because
it's a pretty old building. So because it was shut down it was available
for sale then it was purchase and there was a lot of resources in that building that can
be reused, it was a USDA certified facility for
many years, including stainless steel and all kinds of different material on the inside
as well it's also very well insulated. The guy that bought the building has real
great goals for the building, he wants to basically
turn this and make this a net-zero energy. So basically he wants to produce all the energy
on-site with a special generator and a bio-gas digester.
That's going to be really impressive once it all gets finished but right now they're
going through their deconstruction and reconstruction of the building in to different areas.
So there's going to be many different areas of the building, this is on a 3 acre site.
The yard behind me you can see is going to be all raise bed and hoop house gardens and
row crops in the future, they're going to add
a green house on to part of the building. They're going to then rent out commercial
kitchens to people and they're going to have other areas, breweries they're going to add
and another area that's going to be for other companies growing hydroponically, growing
in-doors. So I think this is a great vision, what I'm
here today to do is to go on the tour that they give.
They give the tour on certain days of the week, costs $10, you come see the place, the
old meat packing plant. You get to see some of the work that they're
doing but also get to see some aquaponics that
are growing down in the basement. That's what I'm primarily interested in today
aside from the goals that they're going to do
that is amazing. They've got some stuff that they're growing
and they're going to be growing hopefully a lot more really soon.
Anyways, let's head in to the building and go on that tour.
When you arrive for the tour whilst you're waiting for the tour to start, you'll be in
this little area. In this area they have a whole bunch of the
different plans and mock ups of how things are going to go in the different areas of
the plant. This is actually the yard area which they
hope to turn into basically vegetable buildings. With hoop houses to grow in the winter time.
So the tour is about to start now, I'm not allowed to film on the tour but I'll come
back at you and share with you the growth areas and some of the things about the tour
that I learn here for fun. On the tour here you'll see many different
areas of the plant or this old meat packing place.
It can definitely be a little bit spooky in some of these areas.
You'll hear about all the different plans and different things they're going to do with
this old meat processing plant. Next let's head towards the light.
[laughs] Let's head downstairs to see where they're
actually growing some food on site. Let's head downstairs to find out what's happening
down here now once again this is an old meat packing plant, there's many areas
that are currently being refurbished, from its intended use.
This billboard is actually quite cold, I'd probably use the word dank that I don't often
use. Here's the door that leads to the aquaponic
system. Aquaponics what that basically is it's a combination
of agriculture and hydroponics. It's a system that actually works very nice,
you can see it over there. They've got the main growth area there then
they've got the fish up in here and the tank to settle out the wastes.
I will look at that in a second but before that I want to show you guys over here
I think they're using 2 different kinds of fish here, one of which is tilapia, this is
just the fish down here showing what they look like, they like to hang out in the cover
of the PVC. I guess when the tilapias are breeding they
put the small baby fish in to a smaller aquarium here.
Because if the tilapias are babies and they're not big enough they don't work properly
in the system, they'll go down the drain or something weird.
So there's some small ones in there and natural algae there in that fish tank.
How this system works is based on fish, the fish produce waste and the waste is then filtered
in this section and filtered waste goes over to feed the plants and then the clean water
after the plants take out the nutrients go back
over in to the fish, big fish tanks. These are actually probably about 300 gallons,
approximately totes. You could find these totes on craigslist depending
on where you live for about $100. They're just using these totes, they're already
basically ready to go. All they need to do is cut off the tops of
them and you can see here they've just cut out the top
and put some PVC pipe and tubing in, hooked up to this network of piping to pump water
through it. You can see all the fish down in there and
there's a certain number of fish you're supposed to put per gallon of the tank,
I'm not exactly sure how much that is. Looks like they're starting to feed the fish
some of the greens they grew but the fish are attracted to the fish food.
That's the one component that occurs really, fish food to feed the fish hopefully they
hope to grow their own fish food and use some grains
from the brewery that will be on site. This one has a smaller fish and over in this
one some more fish as well. You can see they have just banks and banks
on an elevated platform with banks and banks of tanks.
So once again this one was the side with the fish and we can twist over to this side,
this side is where they are actually filtering the water, so the water probably goes up
into this top thing, then gravity feeds them in to this next layer where there is some
kind of filtration media which we can't really
see too well then it goes into here where the water
is then filtered out, so all the solids remain in these tanks.
The water goes into these pipes, these are the solid water pipes for fish tanks 1 & 2.
You can see all the piping around here, they have little ramps over the piping and the
piping then goes into this big large growing area
and basically in this growing are there's just some
simple rafts, this is some foam here that you can lift up and you can see all the roots
there, because the roots are absorbing the nutrients
from the water then they're growing all this and all this is arrivla, this is literally
like pretty large, maybe 12 feet by about 36-40 feet long.
All this arrivla growing here in the basement, need fluorescent tube lights.
Now to me as an outdoor gardener, these plants look a little bit in anemic.
They could be a little bit more darker green and they are curly.
They're developing and working on this system, they strive to improve this system
to get the healthiest plants possible and also make this system a system that is going
to work and be sustainable in the long run.
Because they are in the warehouse and in the basement they have some fans going to keep
the air circulating, air circulation is very important
to keep the pests and things like mold from latching on and growing.
You can see this growing area is just built out of 2 by 4 and 4 by 4 posts and some plastics
and plywood underneath. This is just basically a box with an open
top and then they put some plastic in there and staple, they've nailed it down to make
it water proof, with all the piping and what not.
This is the water that is coming from the fish tanks.
You can see in this one they're using some LED lights, that may look pretty interesting
on the camera there, over in that area it looks
like they've got some sinus or kale, some kind of
other brassicas, things like arruvunal are growing really well.
The LED lighting looks like it's doing a lot better than the fluorescent lighting, especially
by the size of that dinosaur kale, it's probably pushing 2 feet tall right there.
This is their seed storing area to produce this much arruvala they have to have lots
of plants started, they're doing it right here
under the LED lights now the LED lights are more efficient way of lighting.
It's actually the GlowPanel lights, you can see here they're just seeding all this in
I think a hydroton and coconut core mixture.
These guys get started in here and then soon enough they'll be moved over in this full
styrofoam flat over to the other side when they're ready.
So this is kind of a conveyer belt system. They'll put them in here as babies and then
they'll harvest for morning or just move all these
down and then they continue to grow on a revolving system.
We're finally done with the tour, I'm heading our and I've had a great time, an experience
to share with you guys what they're doing here.
It's a really nice day here in Chicago today, it's actually a lot nicer outside
than it is inside. Once again that building has like 3 inches
of insulation on the walls after the brick and
there's insulation because its a meat packing place they kept it really cold so they're
doing some great work here, they have actually a
really large vision. Not growing so much stuff yet but hopefully
in the future they'll be growing a lot more stuff.
If you're in the Chicago area you might want to come by and do a tour of the plant.
See the long-term vision but also see some aquaponics going on in the basement.
This is definitely a unique place and I wish them the best in the future.
I definitely want to come back in about 5 years when they're all finished.
When they've got it all built out this place is going to be absolutely amazing.
I believe this is an excellent use for, or re-use of old industrial buildings here in
Chicago, and also around the world.
Once again my name is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com, we'll see you next time and remember - keep
on growing.


【最新科技】魚菜共生系統 (Aquaponic Farm with Fish & Vegetables at a Former Meat Packing Factory at Plant Chicago)

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