The mission of the Aquaponics Association is to promote the benefits of aquaponics through education and outreach.
The primary goals and/or vision of this association are as follows
To promote the benefits of aquaponic growing
- To educate the general consumer and food safety officials about the inherent safety of aquaponically grown food
- To dispel myths and rumors about aquaponically grown food
The vision for this organization is that it will also create educational materials, facilitate an aquaponic speaker’s bureau and act as a resource or liaison to the press. Eventually it could also possibly offer legal and insurance assistance and standards and certification for our rapidly growing commercial aquaponic industry. However, in light of very recent and very real scares regarding e-coli and food safety, we recognize that the first and foremost agenda for this young association is educating others about the safety of aquaponically grown food.
Meg Stout has been an officer in the Aquaponics Association since its founding in 2011, and succeeds founding Chairman, Gina Cavaliero.
Meg is a physicist specializing in hydrodynamics and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Aquaponic Gardening in the popular Penguin series of books.
Meg previously served as Aquaponics Association
Treasurer in 2012-2013, Secretary in 2011-2012.
Astrid Hartleb is one of the founders of GreenView Aquaponics Family Farm & Apiary in Cape Coral, Florida, a commercial aquaponics farm promoting aquaponics, homesteading and sustainable farming. The farm also includes pastured poultry, natural beekeeping and hands-on educational workshops.
Astrid previously served as Aquaponics Association Secretary in 2013-2014.
David Rosenstein, Founder Evo Farm LLC, is a producer, educator, consultant and product developer in the aquaponic space with a passion for social and environmental innovation around localized food systems.
David previously served as Chair West Region of the Aquaponics Association since its inception and as Vice Chair Pro Tem in 2014.
This seat is currently empty.
Interested and Committed Stakeholders
This committee is responsible for communication to the general public and to future consumers of aquaponics-grown foods. Members help build the right IT platform to support the Association. Keep the public area of our web site engaging and inviting. Help source and share general aquaponics information to the public. This committee also publishes the newsletter, with content supplied by this and other committees.
Local Aquaponics Growers
This committee is responsible for member education. Sourcing high quality content and resources for the members-only area of the web site. Hosting the annual Tour de Tanks community event. Find and recruit local growers. Provide content to the newsletter.
Large Commercial Farmers
This committee examines and contributes to Food Safety, Regulations, economics of scaling from small to large interests. Members keep up-to-date on related policies, and communicate pertinent developments. Provide guidance for aquaponics food safety. Understanding and explaining the economics of large aquaponics farms. Provide relevant content for newsletter.
Suppliers to the Aquaponics Industry
This committee is the host team for the Aquaponics Association Conference. In addition to organizing and putting on the conference, this committee sources suppliers and vendors that would benefit the growing aquaponics community. Provide relevant content for newsletter.
Founders of the Aquaponics Association
As the Managing Director of Green Acre Aquaponics, Gina oversees farm business operations and manages sales, marketing and food safety as well as their Green Acre Harvest For You online produce store. Gina loves talking about and teaching aquaponics and developed their aquaponic education program where she co-teaches and co-directs The Aquaponic Farming Course offered at their Green Acre farm in Florida or at one of their partner farms in Colorado or California. Here the emphasis is on teaching future farmers how to first evaluate the feasibility of their farm business and then how to build, manage and operate the hybridized aquaponic family farm. Gina envisions changing agriculture by inspiring and teaching others how to successfully and sustainably farm with the Green Acre model.Gina’s passion doesn’t end there. As co-founder and the inaugural Chairman of the Aquaponics Association, Gina hopes to foster the growing industry by promoting aquaponics with education and outreach.Before becoming an aquaponic farmer, Gina was the co-owner and managing director of a semi-national construction contracting firm. Gina received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida in Anthropology with a minor in Education. She lives on her Brooksville Florida farm with her three horses, two dogs, three cats, many chickens and of course thousands of fish.
Since 2003 Sylvia Bernstein is has dedicated herself to connecting people and plants through indoor, soil-less gardening products. She is especially passionate about bringing the super-productive gifts of hydroponics, and now aquaponics, to mainstream families and schools across America. As part of that ongoing journey she founded, and is the President of, The Aquaponic Source and is the award-winning author of “Aquaponic Gardening: A Step by Step Guide to Growing Fish and Vegetables Together”. She also runs the Aquaponic Gardening Community, North America’s largest online community site dedicated to aquaponic gardening and is a feature writer for Maximum Yield magazine.In her recent past life Sylvia was the VP of Marketing and Product Development for AeroGrow International, the makers of the AeroGarden. She was one of the company’s original founders and was instrumental in developing the plant growth technology.
Sylvia has a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, Alan.