Carl A. Bruggemeier, entrepreneur/restaurateur, former director of Tavern on the Green, New York; Commander’s Palace, New Orleans; The Phoenix, Cincinnati:
“I’ve never seen a crawfish the size of Glynn Barber’s crawfish, and I’ve never seen a blue crawfish. I have harvested crawfish myself and cooked them and eaten them, and his are spectacular, with probably 10 times the meat of a normal crawfish. ... Indiana has a very short growing season. With hydroponics, there is no growing season. You can grow 24/7, 365. ... I am a huge proponent of the quality of the product, of the year-round availability of the product and literally of the fact you can grow it anywhere, even where they don’t have soil. ... He can grow almost 1,500 plants in 900 square feet, and because of the fish nutrients, you can harvest those plants every 28 to 32 days.”
Linda Proffitt, Global Peace Initiatives founder, Indianapolis:
“I think this is a market response to the need for production of local foods. It’s a technological advancement that enhances the cleanliness and productivity of the livestock and vegetable production. The plants are beautiful, sweet and nutritious. Glynn Barber is as green as it gets. I am headed to Muncie as we speak. Glynn is giving me his second-generation prototype for our Peaceful Grounds at the Marion County Fairgrounds.”
Rob Wibbeler, Indiana Aquaculture Association member:
“Aquaponics has been commercialized especially at the hobbyist level. There are some others that you might call commercial at the university level, but they’re designed more for research and don’t have to be economically sustainable. What Glynn is trying to do is bring production closer to the consumer in the urban area in a system that not only keeps fish and vegetables growing and healthy but also allows for potential employment and for an economic model so you get back what you invest in it at a profit.”
REDKEY — East Central Indiana already is home to the nation’s largest yellow perch farm, one that has earned a “Best Choice” rating from Seafood Watch.