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USA: Organic Farm Takes Root in St. Louis

USA: Organic Farm Takes Root in St. Louis

As dreamed up by James Forbes and a few good friends, Good Life Growing is a new urban farm in north St. Louis. Located on a plot of land that previously held a gas station, a cab company hub and an orchard, the farm relies on a closed-loop aquaponic system that can cut the maturation time of the crops in half. Bluegills kept in large tanks fertilize the plants as water is pumped into the grow area. Once the table fills up, a siphon breaks, sending the water back into the fish tank. This form of organic farming allows plants to be grown indoors, but the business owners have soil garden beds set up as well. “Our goal is to make St. Louis a better place and we feel that working with blighted and food desert communities is making a positive impact,” says Good Life Growing co-founder Philip Hearn. (Source: riverfronttimes.com)