Selovita, the urban aquaponic farm and research center in Fort Myers, Florida, USA became the first facility of its kind in the world to obtain GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Certification for its vegetable and tilapia production and its sustainable and environmentally conscientious farming practices.

“This certification is a credit to our incredible staff and their passion for and commitment to the food and agricultural industry,” Gary Winrow, the company’s founder and managing director, said in a press release. “It’s a significant milestone for not only Selovita and Florida Urban Organics, but for our entire community.”

Selovita earned its GLOBALG.A.P. Certification following inspections from Quality Certification Services, a Gainesville, Florida-based, USDA-accredited nonprofit organization that began certifying organic growers in 1989.

Selovita is a USDA-certified organic producer that markets its products under the brand name Florida Urban Organics. It was established in January 2013 to manufacture and market turnkey food-production systems. The facility showcases the urban edible-food farm in an industrial area of Fort Myers.

Selovita has 26 employees who grow 35,000 pounds of organic vegetables and cultivate 42,000 fish in a dozen giant 54,000-gallon pools, each stocked with 3,500 tilapia fish. Nearby, the 5,000-square-foot warehouse on the four-acre campus contains a packing facility, a scientific lab, and a room where the organization grows microgreens, the baby version of leafy vegetables that commands high prices at restaurants. Selovita’s urban farm Florida Urban Organics supplies produce to Fort Myers, Sanibel, Captiva and Naples-area chefs, and to select Florida retail outlets. Selovita plans to market its growing systems domestically and internationally.

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