I’m writing this from a picnic table on the bank of the Boulder Creek. It is a gorgeous spring day, there are kids playing in the creek, Frisbees flying by, and my bigger-than-I-had-intended salad from the salad bar at the nearby Whole Foods is sublime. Life is good.
I didn’t write my usual Sunday post in part because the weekend was filled with my daughter’s high school graduation and the family and events surrounding that momentous occasion. The other reason was that I wanted the next post to this blog to be my Big Announcement.
Those of you who know me know that I left a senior (i.e. well paid, stable) position at AeroGrow International in October in order to pursue my dream of earning a living in aquaponics. Over the past 6+ months I’ve been working with my husband (who thought he was retired) to develop a new company. During that time I’ve also had the great pleasure of starting and developing both this blog and The Aquaponic Gardening Community.
What has evolved from this organic process is an internet-based company called The Aquaponic Source. Our mission is “To be the trusted resource for everything the home or backyard aquaponic gardener needs. We will be selling a wide range of products for the aquaponic gardener selected from hydroponics, traditional gardening, and aquaculture. We will be a retailer for other aquaponic products, starting with Murray Hallam’s videos, Rebecca Nelson’s books and curriculums, and Backyard Aquaponics Magazine. We are in discussions with some other companies, including a manufacturer of a vertical tower product.
We will also be developing, manufacturing, and selling our own products, starting with a 3+ hour video of myself teaching a course on aquaponics at the Denver Botanic Gardens called Aquaponics Explained. This will be followed on June 22 with the launch of our newly-designed indoor/outdoor aquaponic system. In addition, we have plans for a whole range of products for the aquaponic gardener to be launched in the near future.
Our other goal for the new website is to become a hub for both the aquaponic gardening community and for people who aren’t aquaponic gardeners, but want to learn more about this amazing way to garden. To this end we have included several links from the website to this blog, as well as a portal to the Aquaponic Gardening Community site, and links to the @aquapon Twitter feed and videos.
How will my new business change this blog? Well, instead of simply talking about my aquaponic gardening observations and experiences; I will be relating our experiences setting up our new company, discussing what we learn about useful (and not so useful) products and describing the day-to-day life of an aquaponics evangelist.
Please check out the new website – theaquaponicsource.com! -And thanks for being part of this journey.