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CSA Aquaponics Team

The first CSA Aquaponics Team gathers

gerasimos christoforatos Gerasimos Christoforatos
As a Permaculture Designer and Aquaneer, Gerasimos specializes in water filtration systems: constructed wetlands, rainwater harvesting and irrigation. Additionally he designs and builds edible food forests in Urban, Suburban and Rural settings. As an Aquaponics designer, he has built systems worldwide and greatly enjoys educating the public about this revolutionary technology.

 

gabe clark Gabe Clark

Gabriel was an integral part of the construction team at Mt. Madonna Center, one of California’s premier retreat centers. He has been a volunteer practitioner in educational medical clinics in Jalisco, Mexico and in India. His other international initiatives include conflict resolution in Northern Ireland and South Africa; assistance to Kenyan coffee farmers; and reforestation projects in Australia. Currently, he is the Executive Director of the nonprofit Santa Madre Centre, an outdoor experiential education center and farm. Gabe is the proud father to five daughters.

indigo donaldsonIndigo Donaldson
Indigo Donaldson believes that clean organic food is the basis of good health and that everyone should have access to it. She is committed to teaching people how to grow their own food and medicine. She has studied Permaculture and many styles of Organic Gardening, and has completed her Permaculture Teacher Training and Teacher Apprentice programs. In 2010 she completed an Aquaponics Course with Max Meyers in Nicaragua and helped finish an Aquaponics system there. She has also co-created larger Permaculture Garden Projects and urban community garden/art spaces in San Francisco. In line with her passion for clean organic food, she worked full-time on the GMO-Free Campaign in Mendocino County, CA, the first county in the US to take a take a stand and become GMO-Free. She currently lives and gardens in the Santa Cruz mountains and is teaching Yoga/Permaculture workshops titled “Sustainability from the Inside-Out”.

Andy Maeding
I am a true lover of the natural world, since my childhood it was nature that was my most sacred and revered haven. When I attended College my passion for exploring nature resulted in my studying Recreation Resources Management. Following completion of my degree, my professional work was dedicated to sharing my passion of nature with children. It consisted of instructing for the Outward Bound School, Yosemite Institute and Maui Undersea Adventures Inc. on Maui, HI. I am also an American Montessori Society Certified Lower Elementary Teacher. Currently, I work as the Director of Environmental Education for White Rock Montessori School in Dallas, TX and volunteer with the National Audubon Society as a Texas Master Naturalist. Having worked in the Environmental and Outdoor Education for over twenty years, I have a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to share with CSA Aquaponics. I look forward to being an essential contributor to the CSA Aquaponics Team, sharing my desire to manifest our mission of educating about the importance of organics and to localize food sources world wide.

max meyers Max Meyers
Maximillian Meyers is an Ecological Designer, Permaculture Teacher, Commercial Aquaponic System Designer/Installer, Rainwater and Greywater System Specialist and Farmer. He is also the Executive Director of the Mendocino Ecological Learning Center(MELC) – a nonprofit educational organization and ecological reserve offering green job training and sustainable living skills to the public free of charge. In addition to the work at MELC, Mr. Meyers provides Ecological Design Services to the public, organizations and schools through his businesses, Osiris Designs and NorCal Aquaponics. He is passionate about all things related to a more just and sustainable world. He has been studying, practicing and teaching Permaculture and Ecological Design for more than a dozen years, since graduating from College with a B.A. degree in Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Communities. He has been fortunate enough to study with people like Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton, Sepp Holzer, Tom Ward, Jude Hobbs, John Valenzuela, Penny Livingston, Tim Mann and many others. His work has been featured in the best selling book, Gaia’s Garden, as well as radio and television programs.

rich owen Richard Sundance Owen
Richard founded the Environmental Cleanup Coalition (ECC) in 2008, when he dedicated himself to solving the plastic pollution issues affecting our oceans. An overwhelming and complex set of problems to address to some, impossible to conceive of to others, he found the determination to confront and accept the challenge and simply acted. Empowering people and communities to become food self-reliant is ECC’s current focus and the impetus behind the CSA Aquaponics project. Teaching individuals and communities how to build and maintain Aquaponics systems has exponential possibilities: new jobs in small businesses, increased local, organic food sources, teaching applied technologies to the disenfranchised and youth, and so much more. Richard envisions the natural fruits of this project are a reconnection with food, nature, self and community. CSA Aquaponics is a solution that has the potential to heal our oceans and our society’s aliments. “With our advanced technology, I feel we have lost touch with the basics: food and water. CSA Aquaponics is more than just teaching self-reliance, it’s a way to bring people together. It serves as a vehicle to share a solution and educate communities about water stewardship.”