A visit to Lake Orchard Farm Aquaponics is startling in a variety of ways.
First of all, it is hard to ignore co-owner Nate Calkins’s tremendous energy and enthusiasm for growing tilapia in an aquaponic system, a system that produces vegetables as well as fish. Secondly, the tilapia seem curious, if not friendly, while the lettuces are so lush it is tempting to eat them on the spot. The backdrop of Lake Michigan is breathtaking as is the variety of other activities and animals on the farm. This is a multi-generational enterprise that is welcoming to friends and visitors, alike. Nate’s vision for a sustainable future includes similar farms growing fish and vegetables for local consumption every 20 or 30 miles.
Watch the video below to learn more or listen to Episode 2 of The Fish Dish podcast (30 minutes): https://www.seagrant.wisc.edu/audio/the-fish-dish/nate-calkins-and-mango-salsa-tilapia/