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LocalCoho Tackles Final Protein Frontier

Originally posted at Fish make up 16% of animal protein consumed globally, and demand is set to rise (Tech Crunch) for a variety of factors. Unfortunately, the world’s supply of fish is dwindling, with an estimated 60% of the world fisheries fully-fished and 33% overfished (FAO). With a need to produce more seafood in

LocalCoho ™ , a Grow Forward Company, is World’s First RAS Coho Salmon Farm to Earn BAP

  Originally appeared at on October 10, 2019. Congratulations to Finger Lakes Fish Inc., the world’s first recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) coho salmon farm to be awarded Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early October. Finger Lakes Fish is raising coho salmon in a 43,000-square-foot land-based farm in Auburn,

Oh So Good: Mighty Vine Tomatoes and Local Foods’ Ferndale Market Turkeys

Originally written for Bon Appetit by Adam Rapaport. Cover photo by Kyle Kissel for Bon Appetit. “Why is your turkey sandwich so good?” That is, essentially, what I texted Jason Hammel, the chef and owner of Chicago’s Lula Cafe. Lula is a neighborhood joint that isn’t really one. Over its twenty years, it has developed a

WSJ: Not all gifted children come from affluent families

Originally published in the Wall Street Journal, written by Jason L. Riley. All of us understand why so many discussions about K-12 education center on bringing low-achieving students up to speed. How could they not? Despite massive increases in school spending over the past half-century, the U.S. Department of Education reports that nearly two-thirds of our youngsters

Breaking the Mold with George Madzhirov

Schools and parents alike have always struggled to find the right balance between healthy meals and food that their students or children actually want to eat. That challenge has been compounded over the last 50 years or so as school lunches slowly transformed from well balanced meals prepared onsite to an array of unhealthy junk

A Holistic Approach to Problem Solving with Daphne Mazarakis

Sustainability is currently one of the biggest issues facing agribusiness and startup investing. Around 75% of startups fail after the first 10 years, with lack of motivation, commitment, and passion cited as one of the leading causes of those failures. Similarly, questions around sustainable farming practices are a hot topic of discussion around the world

Hydroponic Farming With MightyVine of Chicago

One of Grow Forward’s more successful and well-known companies is MightyVine, the hydroponic tomato grower based in Rochelle, Illinois. I sat down with MightyVine CEO, Gary Lazarski to discuss the environmental benefits of their innovative agricultural techniques and how the restaurant industry has taken to this new kind of tomato. Gary Lazarski is a lifelong

Thoughts on the Mexico Travel Warning

In America’s current political climate, even innocuous precautions like travel warnings have been perverted to feed into foreign fear mongering. While it’s easy to throw around travel advisories to countries our leaders feel slighted by or “better than,” they come at the expense of people’s livelihood in areas that rely on tourism. Before canceling your

A Conversation with Father Stephen Katsouros, and the Founding of Aruppe College

Chicago has a rich history of multicultural and religious backgrounds, with one of the largest Catholic populations of any American city. With a third of Chicagoans self-identifying as Catholic even as religious affiliation has dwindled in recent times, the Catholic Church has a strong presence in many facets of Chicago. One such area is education.

Investing in Your Future

I had the opportunity to chat with Nate Laurell, CEO of, and veteran entrepreneur of multiple sustainable businesses. A lifelong Chicagoan, Nate grew up in Fox Lake and attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for both undergrad and graduate studies. While working on his masters in Electrical Engineering, he started his first company, TECHnacity.