When I was a member of the team that developed the AeroGarden (2003 – 2009), our entire design focus could be summed up in one thought – We were taking hydroponics out of the closet by creating a system that was sufficiently attractive and functional to earn an esteemed position in someone’s kitchen. We spent hours agonizing over details such as the shape of the light hood, the configuration of the plant holes, and the color and placement of the buttons on the control panel. I think we eventually came up with an aesthetically pleasing system, despite the fact that it had to be manufactured cheaply in China for the ‘mass market’.
Now I have my own gardening company, and part of the privilege of business ownership is that I can choose what we put in our product line, with whom we manufacture, and to whom we market. We have chosen to manufacturer strictly in the U.S., and whenever possible, work with tinkerers, garage inventors and artisans in the aquaponics community to serve the aquaponics community. So when I saw a blog post last fall on the Aquaponic Gardening Community by Rick Stillwagon about his efforts to create a beautiful, furniture-quality aquaponics system for inside the home, I immediately contacted him. Rick and I have been working together ever since to take his concept to market under the AquaBundance Aquaponics Systems brand.
Before I tell you about the new system, let me tell you a bit about Rick. He has spent most of his life in the Northwest where he has been a professional woodworker, entrepreneur and artisan since 1983. He has a sixth degree black belt and owns and operates a martial arts school in McKenna, WA where he trains kids and adults from 4 to 80 in the arts of Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Tai Chi, Arnis, Wing Chun, and Kickboxing. He is also an avid gardener and aquaculturist (Koi, Goldfish, and natives) and recently founded a new company called Zephyr Greenhouse. He is married and has 3 daughters and 1 son. His wife, Karen, is an artist and author. They live in a rural part of Northwest Washington on 7 acres where they have raised horses and bred and raised Newfoundlands and Rottweilers. Their current livestock consists of about a dozen chickens and four dogs. Rick says that he never has less than six projects going at once… no kidding!
This week Rick and The Aquaponic Source proudly introduced the AquaBundance Designer Aquaponics System. It is a truly beautiful way to integrate an aquaponics ecosystem right into your home. Just as the AeroGarden took hydroponics from the closet on to the kitchen counter, the AquaBundance Designer system takes aquaponics beyond blue barrels and IBC totes and proudly into your home. We are offering a variety of customization choices as well so you can create a system that will match your home’s decor. Take a peek at the video below, and then visit the product page to learn more. Let us know what you think!