During the time Jerry was the Engineering Manager at a fiberglass manufacturing company, he met a potential customer that asked the company to quote making fiberglass fish tanks for his aquaponics business. As Jerry learned more about this technology, and their business relationship grew, Jerry was invited to an open house in Montello, WI to see and talk with different suppliers of the aquaponics industry. As Jerry learned more and shared more with me, he asked that I watch a video of an aquaponics system. Immediately upon watching the video, I knew this is the kind of work I would like to be involved with. This is what I want to do when I grow up! We quickly made the decision to move forward, but then had to research what, when and how to make it happen.
Jerry and I both come from backgrounds in the manufacturing industry and had reached a point where we felt we needed something different. Jerry recently left the engineering field to teach manufacturing classes which allowed him time to consider other options. He has always been open to learning and exploring new ideas. Being able to leave my career as a Materials Manager to start something new and completely different is both scary and extremely exciting! I want to learn as much as I can about aquaponics and see how far this will take me. We are both very capable and feel confident running our own company is the right direction for us at this point in our lives.
Jerry and I have two beautiful grown children. Jerry enjoys hunting, fishing, being in the woods, taking walks, reading and learning new things. I (Theresa) enjoy gardening, antiquing, scrapbooking, reading, taking long walks, cooking and baking, spending time with family, and vacations.
About Our System
Our initial start-up system consists of four 110 gallon fish tanks and four 4' x 6' floating raft grow beds. This is estimated to produce 460 pounds of fish and over 3000 heads of lettuce annually. We've since added media beds that are filled with expanded clay pellets and utilize a flood and drain system. We will be adding an NFT system in the near future, which will increase our output. Rapid growth and expansion is expected.