The concept for Detroit Shrimp began in 2013 as part of a sustainable aquaculture research project in the University of Michigan’s department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Drawing on inspiration from other midwestern shrimp farmers, the abundance of vacant homes in Detroit, and the entrepreneurial grow-it-yourself Detroit spirit, a pilot project of a small-scale sustainable shrimp farm began in Detroit’s North End in May 2014. The project is funded through the University of Michigan’s Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability.
The farm is run by Lizzie Grobbel, a master’s student in Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan.
Photo credit: Clive Waldron
The project advisors are Lut Raskin, professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan and Jim Diana, Director of Michigan Sea Grant and professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan.
Many thanks to Darin McLeskey for providing the real estate for the farm, the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative for encouragement and lending equipment, and Motor City Brewing Works for providing brewer’s grist as a sustainable supplemental feed alternative to conventional shrimp food.