Local Food and Biofuel

by zach cusick | Apr 02, 2013
| 1 Comment


A St. Paul greenhouse with three large tanks of water could provide us with fish, vegetables, and biodiesel made from algae.

About You

read more ↓↑ hide↑ hide

About You

First Name


Last Name





United States

Website (if you have one)

Names of others who helped contribute to my idea

Mike Mageau, David Abazs, Baylor Radtke

How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?


About Your Organization (if applicable)

Organization Name (if applicable)

Organization Website

Organization Phone

Organization Address


Organization Country

United States

Your idea

read more↑ hide↑ hide

Title of your idea

Local Food and Biofuel

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

A St. Paul greenhouse with three large tanks of water could provide us with fish, vegetables, and biodiesel made from algae.

Website address (if applicable)


read more↑ hide↑ hide

What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This takes the idea of agriculture and moves it indoors, therefore making it feasible during Saint Paul's long winter. People like to buy local food and the Saint Paul Farmer's Market is a good example of this. However, not a lot of local food can be sold during the winter months and this idea addresses that dilemma. Secondly, fuel is usually derived from crude oil, but it can also be produced from algae. Finally, this idea creates a fish farm, which provides a clean source for harvesting fish since a lot of lakes and rivers in the area are too polluted to eat the fish living in them. This idea is not new, Victus Farm is currently running this kind of system in Silver Bay. Sometimes the best idea is recognizing a good idea and redeveloping it in a new environment.


read more↑ hide↑ hide

This Entry is about (Issues)

How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This idea provides local food in the form of fish and vegetables and it can even be produced during the winter. This would benefit people wanting to buy local food, restaurants, and food shelves. Furthermore, the fuel made from the algae can be sold or given to any business or person in need of energy.


read more↑ hide↑ hide

Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This is currently being done at Victus Farm in Silver Bay and it can easily be replicated in other communities. It is designed to work in a loop that requires just a few inputs and provides many outputs, making it very efficient and sustainable. One tank of water houses the fish, which in turn produces waste-water high in nutrients and low in oxygen. This water is pumped into a tank that uses hydroponics to grow vegetables. The water from the fish tank is also pumped into a third tank which grows algae and the algae can be converted into fuel. The vegetable water tank and the algae water tank use up the nutrients from the fish tank and re-oxygenate the water so that it can be pumped back into the fish tank. This idea could be recognized by the local food and alternative fuel movements.

jandayangacho2013 jandayangacho2013 said: Some local foods are very prone to some kind of diseases. - The Review Solution about this Competition Entry. - 2574 days ago read more >

zach cusick updated this Competition Entry. - 2845 days ago

zach cusick submitted this idea. - 2845 days ago