Blue Stream Farms a growing enterprise
There may have been doubt a few years ago when a small group of businessmen from our community announced plans for what would become Blue Stream Farms. The idea of establishing an agricultural-based business in the middle of a steel community probably seemed far-fetched.
Those involved have not only shown that it is possible, but have been able to grow their enterprise into a larger space with a wider reach throughout the Tri-State Area and beyond.
What started out with space in the lower level of Sacred Heart of Mary Church now has a larger building located on Weirton’s Main Street.
Blue Stream Farms, which operates an aquaponics lab, works to provide educational opportunities with schools throughout the Northern Panhandle, as well as in areas of eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. According to its website, there is a potential reach of more than 100,000 high school students, who would have access to the lab both in-person and online, with lessons incorporated into areas of science, math, engineering, writing, technology and the arts.
The final products of the lab, which include fish and a variety of herbs and vegetables, can then be sold to restaurants in the region, or donated to local food banks.
This growth shows that much can be accomplished in our area with support and cooperation. It will take time, and possibly multiple attempts, but anything is possible even if it appears to be far-fetched.
We thank all who have been involved in Blue Stream Farms, and can’t wait to see where they go from here.