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 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 was both scary and extremely exciting! I want to learn as much as I can about aquaponics and hydroponics, 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 Aquaponics System
Our initial start-up system consisted 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 added media beds that were filled with expanded clay pellets and utilized a flood and drain system, as well as an NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) system.
About Our Hydroponics System
We have now added the capability of growing in the floating raft grow beds hydroponically or aquaponically. Currently we're utilizing the hydroponic method. We've also converted the media beds to a dutch bucket drip system. The (36) buckets are filled with the expanded clay pellets previously used in the media beds, and the drip system feeds the nutrient rich water to each plant. We'll be adding a drip style NFT method of growing soon.
Regardless of the changes, our produce is grown without soil or chemicals in recirculating systems that are good for the environment, and result in safe to eat, healthy and delicious produce!