HIXTON, Wis. (WKBT) - Nestled in the small town of Hixton, Wisconsin, sits a one-of-a-kind farm.
Superior Fresh is the first of its kind indoor Atlantic Salmon farm in the country and it's one of the largest aquaponics facilities in the world.
The facility combines aquaculture and hydroponics, where waste from fish will be used to supply nutrients for plants grown in water.
The 720-acre-farm uses recirculating technologies that collect water and reuse it to grow plants.
That water is collected from the aquaculture systems which carry 120,000 pounds of Atlantic salmon.
Nutrient-rich water from the fish is then used to grow plants.
In turn, those plants clean the water and the water is sent back to the fish.
It's the only aquaponics farm in the country which uses Atlantic Salmon, operating officers say that's because it's technical and costly.
"Atlantic salmon need premium water quality year-round so they're very very difficult species to raise, not a lot of people can raise them," said Chief Operating Officer Brandon Gottsacker.
The 40,000 square-foot salmon farm is connected to a greenhouse through underground piping, recirculating almost 100 percent of the water.
Superior Fresh owners say this combination of growing fish and plants together is sometimes more efficient than conventional farming.
"So it's basically from farm-to-table in a very very short period of time, one or two days versus bringing the product from Mexico or Chile or California , which is multiple days on the road," said Superior Fresh Owner Todd Wanek.
By having an indoor controlled environment, operating officers say they are able to grow a variety of plants, creating mixed salads, whole head lettuce and herbs year-round, adding up to more than two million pounds of leafy greens each year.
"Therefore we raise all of these products on just four gallons a minute of fresh water so that's similar to turning on your faucet at your house, and raising two million pounds of food."
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