Deepwater Farms raising healthy greens and fish for all
Aquaponic farm launches new location and crowdfunding campaign
Urban aquaponics farm Deepwater Farms got its start in founder Paul Shumlich’s garage, growing leafy greens fertilized by fish waste.
“Paul was concerned with food security, and how vulnerable farms were to drought and climate change. Aquaponics became the solution,” says Grant Lahring, who met Paul in university and watched Deepwater Farms grow from day one until joining the team himself as Sales and Marketing Manager.
Now, Deepwater Farms has grown to operate two farms in South Calgary, including a new 10,000 square-foot location. They intend to only go up from there – literally, with the use of vertical farming equipment Grant hopes will triple their yield over time.
Produce grown by Deepwater Farms includes micro-greens, kale, and lettuce for local restaurants and grocery stores such as Yellow Door Bistro and Bite Grocer and Eatery. Grant says they plan to start selling the fish they cultivate as well, namely the Barramundi, a toothy carnivorous species found in Australia that’s extremely high in omega-3 fatty acids.
“They’re majestic,” Grant says.
With the new farm, Deepwater Farms also launched a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo. Perks for funders include farm tours (for themselves or sponsor a school field trip), exclusive dinners at Deepwater Farms’ partner restaurants, apparel, and their name posted in the farm.
“Deepwater Farms wanted to build something that made an impact.” “We want to provide enough food to change how Calgarians think about food – to something that’s local, sustainable, fresh, nutritious, and available all year round.”
“Our new farm, and our incredible community, are how we’re going to accomplish that.”