Hamm's brewery site in St. Paul: From suds to tilapia

  • Article by: Janet Moore , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 24, 2013 - 7:26 AM

One of the buildings at the old Hamm's brewery will be used to raise tilapia, lettuce and herbs.

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whalesmnFeb. 23, 1310:47 PM

Very cool. I hope it succeeds. It's people like this who will help re-build this country from the ground up. This society cannot prosper in the way it once did until we start making things again in this country, and as soon as possible. Although it is more agriculture than manufacturing, it is still producing a product and creating jobs. Cheers to you all!

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corngo4rFeb. 24, 13 6:08 AM

How cool would it be to have a craft brewery with a place next door growing some of the wares for the meals. Don't know if any restaurants in the TC are doing it but I am sure they are but there are restaurants in Chicago that are growing herbs and spices in rooftop gardens and have contracts with farms on the edges to grow organic meats.

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ivanbroFeb. 24, 1310:09 AM

I'm glad I'm not a Tilapia.

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davehougFeb. 24, 13 1:38 PM

So what is the cost of energy to provide lights for the aquaponics growth??? I have only heard of indoor lighting being cost-effective for marijuana plants.

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adri0801Feb. 24, 13 2:58 PM

The cost of lighting here is very effective because the plants are not only being grown to be food, but they also serve an important role in the chemical filtration for the fish water. Removing ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates from the water.

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suzukisvFeb. 24, 13 7:57 PM

I am very glad to see the building repurposed but have pretty srong doubts on their success. I guess I hope that I'm wrong but they are raising some of the cheapest products in a labor intensive manner. Tilapia is very low priced as is lettuce. The herbs are worth some money but I really believe they'll higher valued crops and fish to make it viable.

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