Sweet Water Organics Partners

Restaurants & Groceries

La Merenda - website
La Merenda, a casual tapas bar & restaurant located in Milwaukee's historic Walker's Point. From antipasti to meze, local brews to South American wines, we will satisfy your craving for regional and international flavor.

Iron Horse Hotel - website
Your experience at The Iron Horse Hotel in downtown Milwaukee is not complete without experiencing our many restaurant and bar options. Designed to deliver a true Wisconsin experience, the hotel offers a range of drinks and dining in the lobby lounge, the bar at Branded, Smyth restaurant, our iconic Library, a seasonal venue called The Yard and many settings for private dining.

Outpost - website
If you're a lover of naturally delicious foods and you're in the greater Milwaukee area then Outpost is the place for you! Their conveniently located stores offer a unique and fun shopping experience bursting with fresh foods and hard to find items. Unlike other area grocers, Outpost is a locally-owned cooperative where diversity is celebrated and education is part of everything they sell.

Beans & Barley - website
An "all-homemade" deli, whose soups, desserts and vegetarian specialties (consistent award-winners) — are waiting to be taken home to dinner, seven days a week. Also a full service restaurant and specialty grocery.  Get your Sweet Water wheatgrass shots here!

Industri Cafe - website
The vision for INdustri Cafe pays homage to all Milwaukee-based industries: agriculture, artists, manufacturing and of course, the service industry itself. Every aspect of the restaurant embodies this mission – from the lack of a stringent dress code, the presence of local artists’ work on the Cream City bricks, the localized liquor menu – the beer list only includes Wisconsin-based products, and the use of Braise, a farm to table food coop used by only a few other restaurants in the city.

Hinterland - website
Hinterland…a new hub for contemporary American cuisine in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Executive Chef Dan Van Rite and Sous Chef Adam Scheirl, explore a multicultural approach to cooking and eating. Their journey to create bold flavors and uncommon pairings is a daily mission at Hinterland.

Dream Dance Steak - website
Dream Dance Steak offers a variety of delicious steaks in addition to succulent seafood options, appetizers, salads and sides. The restaurant uses the highest quality ingredients while offering dishes at reasonable prices.

Coquette Cafe - website
Nestled in the Landmark Building in The Historic Third Ward, Coquette Cafe serves up authentic bistro fare in warm, casual surroundings. Coquette is the kind of place where guests can pop in any time of day for everything from French Onion Soup and Flatbread Pizza to Crisp Provincal Roast Chicken. Whether it's cozying up to the bar for a glass of provincial French wine or exclusively brewed French ale, or having dinner or a small banquet in one of its three bustling dining areas, Chefs and Co- Owners Nick Burki and Chris Hatleli and their wonderful staff are eager to accommodate one's every need. Coquette's informal decor blends well with its vintage surroundings. The dark wood, mirrored back bar and glowing gold walls invite you in to experience top quality and unassuming fare that you might find in the home kitchens of French grandmothers.

Comet - website
Comet specializes in from-scratch comfort food and craft beers. We use fresh, seasonal ingredients that are characteristic of the Midwest and purchased from as many local businesses and purveyors as possible. Come visit us for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, drinks, homeade desserts and bacon! We also have lots of vegan and vegetarian menu options for those who only love bacon in spirit.

Roast Coffee Company - website
Located just a few blocks from the UW–Milwaukee campus, Roast is a frequent study and meeting location for students and professors. It is also a popular lunch spot for business meetings, quiet afternoons and slow mornings.

Sven's Cafe - website
After several successful years of operating our coffee roasting business, we decided to open our own café in Bay View, WI. Sven's Café is a true European Café Experience much like that of owner Steve's hometown of Berlin, Germany.

Riverwest Co-op - website
The Riverwest Co-­op and Café is a natural foods grocery store and café that has been open to the public since November 3rd, 2001. Located in the heart of the beautiful and diverse Riverwest community of Milwaukee, the co-­op is community-based, member-owned, volunteer-run, and it offers a truly unique shopping experience. We know where our food comes from and how that food is grown, and we keep our profit margins to cover our overhead. In a true co-operative spirit, everyone participates and everyone voices their ideas.

Milwaukee Sail Loft - website

Metcalfe's - website
Metcalfe's is a family-owned neighborhood market overflowing with good things to eat. We use only the finest fresh ingredients around. In fact, many are sourced from local farms and artisans at the peak of their season. Metcalfe's Market is home to fresh baked breads & pastries from 25 local bakeries, more than 500 varieties of artisan cheeses, Boar's Head deli meats, and the largest variety of local produce in the area.

The Green Kitchen - website

Hamburger Mary's - website

Goodside Grocery Co-op - website

Ian's Pizza on North Ave. - website

Odd Duck - website

MATC Culinary Arts and Cuisine Restaurant - website

Many other Milwaukee restaurants buy from us from time to time including: Satellite Crepes, Sanford, Tess, Distil Milwaukee, Umami Moto, Maxie's Southern Comfort, Palomino, Piano Blu (Pewaukee). M K (Chicago).

Business Partners

Community Roofing & Restoration
Josh Fraundorf and Jim Godsil are the co-founders of Sweet Water Organics.  Sweet Water Organics was created by $40,000 that CRR had left over after the 2008 roofing year.  With 35 years of working on Wisconsin most complex roof systems it prepared us well for the task of creating the worlds first aquaponics system in an old industrial building.  Our strong belief in supporting local business and providing quality workmanship on our clients homes are reflected in the approach we take to growing food locally at SWO.  We are bringing the best skilled workers together working on Historic homes and in a similar way we welcome engineers, biologists, fish fin experts, horticulture, plumbers, electricians, etc, to create the first Sustainable urban agriculture farm focusing on aquaponics.  In a way that we restore homes around our community we hope to do the same with large industrial buildings bringing life to them that provide jobs and locally grown food.  Our goal is to put a roof over your heads and food on your plate.  Bringing community back together and bringing people back to the dinner table once again...

Bliffert’s Lumber - website
Since being incorporated in 1904, Bliffert Lumber has been family owned and operated. Today it is operated by Fred Bliffert and his nephews Eli and Michael. Visit us at any of our five locations to experience the personal service of a family owned business.

Aquapnics UK - website
Aquaponics UK is a not for profit social enterprise providing support for the development of aquaponics. Whether through design advice or the supply of complete turn-key systems for commercial, household and educational purposes, our goal is to provide a structure in which Aquaponics can flourish in the UK. We’re here to help advise you on the best way forward whether its assistance in applying for government and third sector funding, or for help designing a system and getting it operational.

Anodyne Coffee Roasting - website
Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company is a locally owned-Independent roaster of fine coffees located in Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood. Standing tall and proud in the back of our cafe and visible from the busy sidewalks of Kinnickinnic Avenue our 12 kilo San Franciscan roaster steadily and with great precision produces a grand 18 pounds of precious beans per batch. With just enough technology to ensure exact repeatable results and the dedication, experience and passion of our roaster/owner we guarantee satisfaction with every roast, every time. All orders delivered with neatness, dispatch and absolute satisfaction. Try the coffee from a true micro roaster where the coffee is roasted just for you.

Snowfall Creative - website
Snowfall provides you with top-notch creative services, bringing a wide range of knowledge to every project. We work with a variety of clientele to solve their Art, Print, Multimedia and Web needs.

Glass Aquatics
After graduating from UW-Milwaukee in 1998 (BS Biology, BA Anthropology) Ryan Glass started his aquarium maintenance business.  In 2006 he opened Glass Aquatics, a retail store that specialized in saltwater and live reef aquariums.  After closing the store in 2011 Ryan started volunteering at Sweet Water and now rents space at the farm facility for a new retail space.  The new store will be opening in January 2012 with hours identical to the Sweet Water retail store and by appointment.
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Weber's Greenouse

Man's Best Friend Hot Sauce

LotFotL Community Farm

Centgraf Farms

Butterscotch Baby



Non Profit

Sweet Water Foundation 501(c)(3) - website
Centered upon the fundamental concept of turning wastes into a community resource, we address such topics as community and economic development, health/wellness concerns, the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), and environmental awareness and stewardship concerning local and global themes of food, soil, water, and energy. Our multi-faceted approach opens up discussions on the future of cities by allowing the student to think critically about the environment he or she has inherited.


Kompost Kids

Growing Networks

Creative Employment Opportunities

Dia de los Muertos Parade

Habitat for Humanity

And many others....


Educational Partners

New Horizons for Learning Charter School - website

Sweet Water carbon providers have included:

*City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works
*Asplundh Tree Expert Company
*Hawks Nursery Company

Sweet Water’s nitrogen providers have been:

*Alterra Coffee
*Great Lakes Distillery
*Roundys Supermarkets
*Sven’s Cafe
*Stone Creek Coffee