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At East Texas Aquaponics, we are maniacally focused on three transformative goals:
- Grow—Sustainably cultivate and distribute the most nutritious produce possible
- Educate—Teach and empower our community to grow safe, healthy food
- Serve—Help relieve food insecurity for community members in need
We offer aquaponics system tours and classes, as well as support the next generation of farmers through internships.
Our state-of-the-art, 6600-square foot greenhouse and large-scale aquaponics system currently houses deep water culture and media beds that can grow up to1300 living lettuces and herbs each week. A proposed 2017 expansion represents an additional 2000 square feet of growing space that supports a total weekly capacity of 3000 living lettuces and herbs, plus other produce such as tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers.
Our systems continuously improve fertility and environmental diversity. All of our inputs are non-toxic. We do not use pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or herbicides. We feed our fish a sustainably produced, USDA-certified organic fish food pellet designed specifically for aquaponics.
We are converting the rest of our farm into a permaculture food forest that will eventually produce a bounty of organically grown fruits, and vegetables, and nuts.
East Texas Aquaponics is proud to serve communities and markets in northeast Texas. To reduce food miles, we offer fresh produce to farmers’ markets, restaurants, and communities exclusively within our home farm’s locality.
East Texas Aquaponics commits to donating at least 10% of the produce we grow to those without consistent access to healthy food. We maintain partnerships with Grow North Texas and the East Texas Food Bank system, and provide freshly harvested produce to their outlets each week.
Richard is a career software engineer and East Texas Aquaponics’ chief fish wrangler and plant whisperer. A certified Permaculture Designer through Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Research Institute, he loves living on a farm and helping things grow.
As our plants and business grow, Sharon juggles dual careers: writing and managing an information development team for a mid-sized, high-tech firm in Austin, and managing media and communications, marketing, and sales for East Texas Aquaponics.
- Company name: East Texas Aquaponics, LLC
- Founded: 2016
- Location: Smith County (near Mineola, Texas)
- Employees: 2 (plus rolling farm internships)
- Charitable partnerships
Media and press
- The Survival Podcast
EPISODE-1912– Richard Hasting of East Texas Aquaponics on stepping off the cliff
- Predaina, N. (2016, December 7). Marriage of fish and plants has couple seeing green. Kilgore News Herald. Retrieved from http://kilgorenewsherald.com
- Campbell, L. (2017, May 4). East Texas Aquaponics grows organic produce using non-traditional growing practices. Tyler Morning Telegraph. Retrieved from http://www.tylerpaper.com