Your Green Life: "Parking Lot to Plate"

By KBJR News 1

May 22, 2014 Updated May 22, 2014 at 11:30 AM CDT

Duluth, MN
The Duluth Grill has been working on many sustainable projects the past few years. They have an aquaponics farm as well as a big garden behind the restaurant.

Francois Medion, a gardener and partner with the Duluth Grill told me, "This is fairly new so we have to figure out what works, what doesn't work, and I think on the other hand the biodiversity is something we're rediscovering, how does nature work?"

A variety of edible plants will be planted at the garden, some native...

"Those are the blueberries" says Medion.

And some exotic, to see which ones will thrive in our harsh environment.

"This is an exotic passion fruit" said Tom Hanson, the Co-Owner of the Duluth Grill.

Francois says he hopes to start planting this week. Another project the duo has been working on is the aquaponics farm.

"Instead of using filters, expensive things, the plants are doing the work and we can harvest the plants too." says Medion.

Once they acquire the fish, the aquaponic farm will be up and running.

"You know, there's so much potential for all of this." said Hanson.

Potential that Francois thinks will be the future of agriculture in a changing climate and changing world.

Medion tells me, "I am convinced that, you know, in the next thirty to fifty years, world population is going to grow exponentially and we need to feed people and here, especially in the Northland where it's the most challenging I'm passionate about finding, and creating diversity."

The Duluth Grill hopes that the fruit barring trees will supply them with enough fruit for seasonal jams. They are also increasing their freezer space to better store their harvest for the long winter months.

Meteorologist Adam Lorch