It All Started
On a patio. Early in our relationship we started a small patio garden. We had no idea the amount of tomatoes and peppers we would harvest the summer of 2019. And almost on accident! Throughout the season we had more tomatoes and peppers than we knew what to do with. Since Sean is an unofficial foodie, we had fantastic salsas, bruschetta, and veggie dishes all season. Eventually, we were giving produce away and we received so many compliments about the flavors. What's the secret? Fish. We used nutrient rich water from our cichilid fish tank to feed the soil. This was the start of something great, our future aquaponic farm.
We moved out of our tiny apartment and into a house with large enough lot for our dogs to play AND to start our urban aquaponic farm. We, Alicia, Sean, Holly, Richard, and Lilly started Frankenstein Farms in the Spring of 2020. Our mission is to grow sustainable food to feed our community. We specialize in different and delicious heirloom vegetables and herbs. We utilize multiple levels of the ecosystem, such as spirulina, fish, and shrimp. We use pond water to directly feed our dirt column, creating living soil. This process produces robust and flavorful crops. We use recyclable black fabric pots that retain heat and provide excellent drainage. We start from seed and we do not use any chemicals or fertilizers, we don't need to! Our natural compost consists of fresh salmon Sean caught from Lake Michigan. We take great pride in tending to our crop the old fashioned way in order to serve our community.
Our goal is to buy farmland in order for our mastiffs to roam and most importantly, to create a true community space to host workshops, classes, and serve as internship sites for local college students. The opportunities are endless and it all starts now! Join us!