"Sustainable Greenhouse"

By KBJR News 1

January 5, 2012 Updated Jan 5, 2012 at 9:25 AM CDT


Adding locally grown foods to the menu has been a goal for many Northland restaurants recently.

Now one of those restaurants plans to take on the challenge in a different way.
Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson shows us in this week's Your Green Life".

Home–grown tomatoes and carrots for the restaurant was just the first step for the Duluth Grill. Now they've taken the challenge to incorporate locally grown food in the restaurant to new heights.

Tom Hanson, Co-Owner of the Duluth Grill, said"We're trying to grow and create a local product that will be fresh, will be right here in Lincoln Park."

In this green house Tom plans to grow a variety of food from vegetables to even fish.

Francois, Urban Farmer with the Duluth Grill, describes it as, "It's a combination of hydroponics and aquaculture. In the aquaculture they would raise fish in an artificial environment such as a pond or tank. In the hydroponics operation they would grow plants in an artificial environment"

The plans are to farm a native fish in a 4000 gallon tank and to recycle the fish waste as plant fertilizer.
In addition a new shed is being built, at the restaurant made with sustainability in mind.

"We have been able to use that, using the pallets for the floor and the walls and then use siding from the house to finish the shed." Says Francois.

The shed will be used to store gardening equipment as well as used fryer oil from the restaurant. The old oil will eventually be converted to fuel to power an electric generator.

"Oil, vegetable oil is a great resource, it can be used as bio–fuel and in a diesel engine." Francois said.

In Duluth, Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, the Northlands NewsCenter.

The Duluth Grill is still debating the type of fish it will farm.
Topping the list right now is the Bluegill.

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