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Central Greens

Miles to Market - 4 Located W Blue Mound Rd & N 51st St Milwaukee, WI 53208

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Central Greens


The one-acre lot at the corner of 51st Street and Blue Mound Road was planned for residential buildings. Today, it’s the home of Central Greens, an aquaponics operation where they’re growing herbs year-round. Turning the property over to food production instead of houses was the idea of Bowen DornBrook, whose family was involved with developing the site. Bowen started building small aquaponics systems for home food production and experimenting with different growing techniques. After years researching large-scale aquaponics systems, he began designing and building the Central Greens facility, where they produce both premium tilapia and culinary herbs. Central Greens started selling living basil in April 2013. Outpost was the company’s first wholesale buyer. Right now, the operation has the capacity to produce an estimated 12,000 plants and 200 lbs. of tilapia monthly. The fish provide the fertilizer for the herbs. Bowen says there’s room to grow, both physically and in terms of the types of herbs Central Greens produces. The goal is to become a major grower within the city. You’ll find Central Greens herbs throughout the year at your favorite Outpost location.

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