This is John Kohler from Today I’m on another field trip as you can see here I’m in the snow today So once and for all I’m going to prove to
you Guys and girls that are my viewers That you can grow in the snow year round Certain crops if you do it right Because I’m here in the snow I’m here in Milwaukee Wisconsin at Growing
Power This is Will Allen’s place you may have seen
it in other videos on YouTube He’s been featured a lot, here are his greenhouses These were originally used in the 1920’s to
grow flowers Then Will got a hold of them and started growing
food in them And he does some really amazing work Unfortunately I was told today that I’m not
able to film inside On the tour because I’m going to do a tour
today So what I have done is take many still photos Inside on the tour and I will be able to narrate
that tour If I get permission So I’m going to narrate that tour And hopefully we’re good to see and learn
about growing power Alright so here is growing power After going into the growing power shop You’re going to go through a door to your
right And this is greenhouse number one Where you’re going to meet your tour guide Here’s Nick, our tour guide He’s going to introduce us to growing power And talk about growing power and Will Allen How it was started and why it was started Tours are conducted every day I think at 1
o’clock Nick is getting into explaining what growing
power grows Those are sugar-snap pea sprouts You can grow those at home in your kitchen These are sunflower green sprouts Nick incorrectly said they contain vitamin-D
or B12 I forget which one now because it has been
two weeks since my tour I got into nutrition and health long before
I was into gardening The next picture here is their aquaponics
setup This is basically a three layer set up In the bottom there are the fish And the two top players have plants they are
growing The people are most interested when they fed
the fish the fish food So here is Nick feeding the tilapia the fish
food There is a tilapia in the tank Basically you can do one tilapia for every
gallon of water approximately They do heat the water to keep the tilapia
happy Here’s another picture of the aquaponics system Once again at three levels They grow in lots of pots This is something you could really pick up
on Growing pots or growing containers Lined up in your greenhouse or the hallways
at your house Provided you give them enough light All of the greenhouses are heated except the
two in the back Now Nick is going to be talking about what
they grow in This is very critical and very important I encourage everyone to grow What he’s going to show next is some compost This is vermi compost or Worm castings from
the worms This is primarily what they use And it’s definitely very good stuff Next is showing us how he can make some worm
compost tea Or worm tea Get the warm compost in a bag there and dump
it into the 5 gallon bucket And make some worm Tea to feed your plants Next is showing us the coconut core They mixed the coconut core and the coconut
husks With the vermi compost to grow in as a growing
medium The coconut core is much much much better
than Peat moss or sphagnum peat Because sphagnum peat is a nonrenewable resource Whereas coconut core is a renewable resource Here are the worm composting bins They have 40 or so bins, they make a lot of
compost This is basically them growing some duckweed
on top This is actually the water holder The barrel that holds the water to basically Feed out all the plants in their system You can see the barrels here It basically pumps up the water to the top Which is above the worm compost bins to feed
them It’s basically like a hydroponics style system With nutrients in the water We go through this area next Where volunteers are basically sifting the
compost Here’s one volunteer sifting the compost This organization runs a lot on volunteer
help So there are many volunteers here It’s really great to see people getting involved
growing their own foods This is a really cool Invention It’s basically a dryer Whether it’s electric
or gas doesn’t really matter They’re not using it for the dryer capabilities They took this and basically modified it To be a Compost sifter This is the back this is where the compost
gets sifted And it comes out the back let’s do a close
up there On the inside, so this is the barrel Actually it still coming out the back there That’s a close up as it comes out of the back You can see the drum and the compost through
the Quarter inch wire mesh He is another close-up of the drum as it is
spinning around They basically cut a section of the drum out
in the back This is at an angle As the drum spins the compost gets sifted And comes out the back of the previous picture
that you saw So this is a low-tech way of sifting compost
with an ordinary dryer I thought that was really cool I guess somebody came up with that after they’d
been Sifting for a while and thought there’s going
to be a better way One of the volunteers actually Here once again are the worm composting bins They cover it with burlap and then Water to keep a nice moisture level for the
worms Here’s one with the burlap off This is the most amazing thing about growing
power There is so many things growing at the growing
power greenhouse I felt like I was at home almost It was really cool to just see all the greenery And how they’re maximizing space They have hanging pots they have things along
the walkways They have things at all different levels As you will see in the next picture growing That’s really amazing and I encourage you
all to Maximize the use of all your space that you
have To grow as much food as possible Once again here’s another picture of the worm
compost bins below And some pots hanging up above the top Also some parts hanging down below So if you’re container gardening, very important Is another way they’re growing food They’re growing oyster mushrooms Basically off of some straw And you can see them coming out there They’re hanging those in a greenhouse above
the top And that’s on the top even on lower levels
you can see Just all the massive amounts of pots hanging As you can see, there’s another picture here As we’re walking through the greenhouses it
says Raze Organic Grown Products and I would definitely
agree with that This next concept is a really cool concept I don’t know what the meaning was for them But this was the meaning I got from it Basically they had all these 1 gallon pots Growing with things in them Some edible vegetables in the pots And you could basically use the pots Line them up and make the bed around them And fill in the middle of the pots with more
soil to grow more food in The parts that you are using can literally
be a raised bed edging That is really cool Here we are going through the greenhouse and
seeing All the different things growing in pots mainly There is the back of the tour guide as I was
following up at the end of the tour They are also growing shiitake mushrooms So shiitake mushrooms are put into these logs
here Which they seal off with some wax Then they dunk them into water to basically
force them to fruit out Actually the water is the aquaponics system
that is right below them They actually dip these in, it’s all in a
pulley system which is really cool Here’s another far away shot to get them in
come out And then they start to fruit They were just in the beginning stages there,
not yet fruiting This is another aquaponics system that’s even
taller You actually need a ladder to harvest those
greens up the top It was interesting just to see that, to see
how tall they get this I don’t know if it needed to be that tall Here’s another picture showing the Aquaponics
set up And how tall it is in relation to people walking Once again I’m at the end of the tour This is kind of cool these are some LED lights And you can put them into a fluorescent fixture
to use LEDs They’re using the red and blue spectrum Which the plants absorb better than the white
light This is once again showing more pots growing Lots and lots of pots and that’s how they
mainly Grown in the whole farm: in containers This place is run on volunteers and this is
where all the Volunteers get their galoshes to stomp around
in the mud at growing power These are the sprouts of some avocado seeds I don’t know if you know that avocados aren’t
true to seed This is growing in the greenhouse, maybe they’ll
sprout, up maybe they won’t These are some of the tropicals they are growing They have some sugar cane growing, some bananas
growing And that was really cool for me Bananas growing, oh they also had a fig tree
too That was just stuff they were playing around
with, it was all experimental stuff Once again they are really into the aquaponics
stuff you know I don’t know if I’m that into it but they’re
really into it so that’s really cool Hey anybody want to go fishing They had fishing reels and fishing nets You know they’ve got to harvest their fish
after all So the next picture is once again the aquaponics
set up And you know they had several of these setups
throughout many of the greenhouses You know most of the greenhouses have the
aquaponics And you know they seem to be really into that
stuff And you know once again on the tilapia, they
heat the water And if the power goes out out they have pumps I guess that’ll continue to pump the water
to keep it Circulating, to keep the fish alive But if the heaters go out I don’t know what’s
up with that Here’s some nasturtiums so I’m glad that they
had some nasturtiums Growing hopefully they already harvesting
the leaves and all the flowers This next picture here once again they just
have more chars growing and other things in pots Here is a close-up of some of the things growing
in the pots that are hanging The char looks like a mixed green salad And you know the tour, I’m bringing up the
rear Had to get a picture of me in there So there is a picture of me I was really at
Growing power Even though I only got still pictures, I would
much rather do a video You know I should have got advanced permission At least I got permission to do this talking
narrative Here is some watercress growing in water And watercress is actually very powerful and
is a nutrition dense food It is rated 1000 on the ANDI list nutrients
density scale Now once again the people loved seeing the
fish getting fed In this one they are doing both tilapia and
perch And so they are feeding the fish, these are
the smaller fish in the big tank They put this big siding on you can see extended
from the top Some of the fish would actually jump out so
that wasn’t too good They solved that by building this up maybe
about a foot Here once again you know growing power just
about growing food and lots of food growing Again containers containers containers This is one thing I really want to mention And you can grow in containers to look at
all these containers are going lots I think this is a rubella They are growing lots of things in containers I mean everywhere has containers and that
is so amazing They are even next to the aquaponics system There is more containers and containers are
easier to grow in In my opinion than aquaponics because there’s
just so many other variables involved Once again hanging containers I love this
shot One of these days my greenhouse is just going
to be hanging containers Once I build some reinforcements to hang all
the containers from Because the containers can get heavy So once again growing in containers All these greenhouses we have been in thus
far have been heated greenhouses Mainly for heating the water, you know They have a solar hot water system which we
will take a look at it later Plus also they use regular hot water heaters
to heat the water Basically the water is heated and that actually
releases the warmth into the air So it’s better to heat the water than the
air There is another aquaponics system really
quick Oh, and they still even got problems with
slugs Even in the Milwaukee winters there’s still
slugs in the greenhouse Thought that was funny Once again another aquaponics system showing
the water trickling out It is a quite soothing sound as the water’s
trickling out and once again this is the watercress Now we’re going outside, it gets a bit cold
outside And they’re showing us the storm water collection
system The rain gutter collection, they’re using
the water off the Rain gutter and using that in their system And yes it was a cold day in Milwaukee let
me tell you When I went out I was pretty dang chilly So here’s showing their greenhouses and off
the greenhouses They catch the water off the roofs of the
greenhouses That then goes into this pipe and then goes
into this Collection container that you are seeing here A long collection container and I hear they
have basketballs on top To basically have that floating around in
the winter times So that the waters doesn’t get to form ice
crystals Once again the main component of what they
are doing at growing power The main livestock actually is the worms The red wigglers they have to make the compost And one of the big jobs they have for the
volunteers Sifting compost I think they are using maybe
a half inch mesh box Here to basically, you know screen out all
of the compost Most of the volunteers I saw weren’t doing
too much growing They were doing a lot of compost sifting Let’s see here this is once again another
greenhouse Here where there is compost sifting going
on Also they have the oyster mushrooms at the
top In those hanging things They had also built a compost sifter So as well as that laundry one we saw out
of a laundry dryer They built these I guess from scratch as compost
sifters And there is a close up on it Basically they put the compost in this big
cylinder And it spins and the cylinder basically is
a wire mesh All the compost, you know, basically comes
out the bottom And all that stuff and wood chips and the
big stuff stays inside And this gets re-put back in the system So here is a picture of all of the compost
coming out of the Screen on to the bottom and that’s all that
good Really rich vermi compost that you want to
use Now this is a picture, the next picture here
is a picture of an anaerobic digester This is basically, they are using this for
testing and experimental purposes This is how they store at tools you know and
I Encourage you to store all of your tools in
an orderly fashion This is a nice setup basically they made hangers
with pieces of wood to hold all of the tools up And this is just another picture that is small
square shovels This is what it’s labelled here and real easy,
real nice To have all your tools stored here This one is called Odour Ban, eliminates odours
and I think they say they’re organic But not approved organic but I don’t know,
I have seen that the Odour Ban is you know, on the organic certified
list So I thought that was interesting Going to go outside to see the coop houses,
so these coop houses, Two of which are non-heated but the rest Are all heated some way or another Another outside shot and now it was freaking
cold going In between the hooped houses and going out
there and stuff. It was definitely a cool day, definitely a
frosty day This is their big red barn I didn’t really get to see in there but it
looks like it’s just used to store They have a lot of containers once again you
never can have too many containers This is again just looking over some of the
houses And how they are growing in all these hoop
houses All the hoop houses have some kind of use
in the wintertime Once again I want to encourage everybody,
even if you have snow on the ground I’m going to show you in a little bit how
you can grow in Unheated hoop houses in the winter time where
you live So once again they have more worm compost
and composting just out outside This is one of their bins here basically made
with blocks And they put in mixture of compost said they
use things like Brewer’s waste from the beer industry I guess
Milwaukee Is known for its beer I didn’t really know
that I’m not a beer drinker Some woodchips in there and food scraps As well also coffee grounds Now we are going to go into one of the hoop
houses So this is a heated house and once again this
heated house has more Aquaponics because they are really into their
aquaponics One thing I have probably about the aquaponics
is you know the power went out you know I guess they have some power for
pumps But they didn’t have a significant amount
of PV on the roof You know it is really sustainable, I mean
I wouldn’t really say it is This heater is how they heat this hoop house It looks like that is a heated there and this
was just one of the heaters in there It looks like they had that heater there and
then they had another Heater furnace thing then I guess that it
went out and then they had A small portable plug in going on I wasn’t
exactly sure what was Going on with that but I took a picture of
it to show you you guys Alright so they also had goats here and the
goats basically lived Without any protection, they had their pens
and yeah they had Their houses with some burlap sacks covering
the doors and stuff And here was a real cutie, look at that one So basically they are using the goats primarily
for the milk, for the females And all the males actually get sent away to
get harvested for their meat Which I thought was kind of sad but that is
just the order of things I believe that we don’t really need to be
eating meat You know we can eat a lot of vegetables and
still be healthy and need very little meat Once again there, there are turkeys, they
weren’t really farming turkeys as of yet Switch back to the goats, they are kind of
like butting heads I thought that was kind of cool to watch the
goats play, I mean goats have feelings too, just like
our dogs and other animals that we may have Even turkeys, they have feelings too, you
know they feel things just like us That is the turkeys, they weren’t farming
these for the Meat yet they were just kind of having them
I guess for a farming experiment These are the hives, they were keeping bees
which is very important They had your standard hives and they also
had some hex hives which I guess are more like they are in nature so
I guess that’s pretty good This is some of our tour group walking outside
and People were all bundled up, it was kind of
funny We are going into, this one right here was
growing all spinach On raised beds and also in containers So say this one was a hoop house that had
no supplemental heating whatsoever It had no supplemental heating you could see Nick here next to a pile of wood chips with
brewer’s waste and compost And basically you know that compost pile was
warm and hot And that is a hot compost pile and that gives
off enough heat plus the Hoop house to keep it warm enough for this
spinach Now they said this spinach this year they
plan a bit late And if they planned it early it would have
had much more growth spurts They did have leeks along the side you can
see the leeks along the side And they talked about how you can make a hoop
house You can make a jig out of wood, a jig is basically
anything You make to basically bend the hoops so you
can make them really inexpensively With straight bar instead of buying this curved
bar Which then costs a lot more money Here they also had spinach in the raised bed,
with the leeks going on They also had these little wire loops that
they put this additional plastic over to keep it warm for the spinach Once again you know the main source of heat
in this hoop house was the compost That is generating its own heat so it’s really
important To have an active compost pile Once again here there is all leeks growing
and here is the plastic they Can put over these wire hoops to give the
spinach some extra layers of protection This is after all the people filed out you
can kind of see the door here And you can see on either side of the door
they basically have also More compost piled up on the sides of the
house So more thermal insulation also that compost
stayed warm which would then Heat up, you know, and keep the greenhouse
or the hoop house warmer inside Once again I am looking at the plastic that
can be put over the spinach To keep it a little bit warmer if need be
because that is really important You know this is an extra layer of protection
or warmth you know Because it is really cold outside and here
is the snow outside There is the door to enter the hoop house
that we went into And you can see both sides have snow but underneath Both of those snowbanks had that compost up
to the certain level This is a side shot showing you the hoop house
with you know the compost keeping it warm Plus the snow on top of that, very important
if you want to grow in the wintertime Here is just another overview shot now on
the tour we got to go into the one growing the spinach and leeks They didn’t take us into this here and I snuck
in This one is growing kale so this is the one
that I think you know they should Have had a lot more of these hoop houses that
are unheated Because it is more sustainable and that’s
grown a lot of kale in there And once again this house that is growing
the kale has the compost in one corner To keep the hoop house warmer I mean as long
as you can keep it around 25 to 30� Your kale is going to grow and look at all
that kale You can harvest one leaf off all those kale
plants and I mean that’s just regular curly kale You can grow you know, dino kale, Russian
kale, white Siberian kale So many different kinds of kale you can grow
and they are focusing on the green curly kale Even tree collards in that environment would
probably do really well And so you know hey I’ll send you some tree
collards If you tell me you’re going to do that you
have to pay the price it costs me to ship them I will set you up with some cuttings at least Anyways a lot of the hoop houses are also
use propane for the heat source Next we are going to get into the chickens Here are the chickens and you know I personally
thought that there is a lot of chickens For a small hoop house that they had I mean you could just see them packed in there In any case we can move on They have basically some solar heating panels
up on the roof And that is what we are looking at the hallway
underneath the Solar heating panels between two of their
greenhouses Here is another shot of the overhead Solar
heating panels that actually warm the water To heat some of the water up and once again
here is a another shot of the custom built Wood framing they used to support their solar
panels up on the roof And then we’re going to go into the store
so into the little store There they sold their worm fertilizer and
you know that stuff was Super expensive for the worm fertilizer I have seen it a lot less expensive but it
is produced there on site In addition in the store they have a produce
market Basket of all programs where they basically
give you a Regular basket that feeds a family of four
for a week For $16 of fresh fruits and vegetables so
I really like that a lot And if you are a senior in the area you can
get it for half price So that is actually truly amazing Now that is using all conventional growing
stuff Quite a lot of it in fact is actually imported Here are their coolers and they have some
imported produce But they also had some stuff they produced
there on site Bo let’s take a look at that next And here is what they grew on site you know
they produce some of these greens Now I did buy some of these greens and they
are quite expensive They are basically a dollar per ounce or $16
per pound So I don’t know who can afford that I mean I did because I want to support them
with some money But you know people in the inner city where They are teaching they can they really afford
$16 per pound of produce I mean personally I don’t think that’s sustainable maybe an
expensive High-class restaurant in the area and in Chicago can afford those but you know normal People can’t so that was an issue I did have The other issue I did have was with the growing
power was Man they got candy machines in their freaking
store! What’s up man? I mean Will’s supposed to be
promoting Healthy food systems and teaching people about
health And you know they have candy machines and
not only candy machines But soda machines too! Man come on! They should have juicers or something to juice
up Those fresh greens and feed people some fresh
green juices Instead of soda and you know Gatorades and
whatever And there’s a poster advertising and Mrs Obama
you know next to the machine And I guess health in moderation So I just got done with the tour in their
little store there And bought some produce that was grown here
in the winter time In Milwaukee Wisconsin so what I got over
here to show you guys What I got was this This is what was grown here they were growing
some spinach here And I got some salad mix, all harvested 3-5 Sunflower micro greens and some zesty micro
greens And these are all 4 ounce packages so these
were four dollars each That’s basically these were all 4 ounces so
this was a pound of produce for $16 And you know that’s how they make this financially
viable here $16 a pound selling their produce to mostly
restaurants Probably and business customers because you
know Normal people can’t afford buying $16 A pound of produce and normally I wouldn’t
either but I want to try and see the quality of their
produce So once again hopefully you’ve enjoyed this
episode Learning more about Growing Power This is John Kohler with I will see you next time and keep on growing! And you can do it in the Winter!