November 12, 2013 - Tuesday

Aquaponics Farm Bus Tour

Aquaponics is a new way of growing food that combines aquaculture with hydroponics. Aquaculture involves raising aquatic animals like snails, fish, crayfish, and prawns in tanks. And hydroponics is a form of soil-less farming where plants are grown in water. Putting aquaculture and hydroponics together, you get a symbiotic growing environment known as aquaponics. 

In Colorado we have some of the top aquaponics experts in the world, and this bus tour is an opportunity will not only introduce you to the experts but will also give you a chance to witness first hand the remarkable potential of this form of urban agriculture.

Join us for this 3-stop tour - Aerogrow testing laboratories, The Aquaponics Source, and GrowHaus. Meet the experts and join in the fun.

EVENT: Aquaponics Farm Bus Tour
DATE: November 12, 2013 - Tuesday
TIME: 3:00pm-8:00pm

LOCATION: DaVinci Institute, 511 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, CO 80027
DIRECTIONS: Driving Directions

COST: $99, Members: $79, SuperMembers: $49

PHONE: 303-666-4133

TOPIC: Aquaponics Farm Bus Tour
SPEAKERS: John Thompson, Sylvia Bernstein, Tawnya Sawyer, Thomas Frey

SPEAKER: John Thompson

Co-founder of AeroGrow

An avid, third generation backyard gardener, John Thompson co-founded AeroGrow to bring his love of fresh foods and gardening indoors.  John co-created the AeroGarden with a team of like-minded individuals who spent 4 years developing and refining technologies to create a simple, foolproof, soil-less indoor garden. 

Since beginning sales in 2006, AeroGrow has sold more than 1.2 million AeroGardens, and more than 10 million seed kits, grow lights and accessories.  The AeroGarden continues to be the only complete and fully automated indoor garden on the market.

John has supervised or performed more than 10,000 indoor and outdoor gardening experiments in the last 12 years, making him one of the world’s top experts in small scale (consumer) indoor growing.

SPEAKER: Sylvia Bernstein

President and Founder of The Aquaponic Source

Sylvia Bernstein is the President and Founder of The Aquaponic Source, the leading U.S. based company focused entirely on the home aquaponic gardener, and the author of “Aquaponic Gardening: A Step by Step Guide to Growing Fish and Vegetables Together”.   She also runs the Aquaponic Gardening Community, the world’s largest online community site dedicated to aquaponic gardening, and is a co-Founder and former Vice Chairman of the Aquaponics Association. She teaches and speaks extensively about aquaponics and its exciting potential.

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.  They have a large, thriving aquaponic setup in their backyard greenhouse in Boulder powered by tilapia, goldfish, and other creatures-that-swim.


SPEAKER: Tawnya Sawyer

Director of Education and Business Development for Colorado Aquaponics

Tawnya Sawyer is a Colorado native who grows fish and plants together in a symbiotic system called aquaponics. Love of great food, innovative agriculture and revitalizing healthy communities have been the goal of building the Colorado Aquaponics business and Flourish Farms in partnership with the GrowHaus. Last year, the CA team successfully completed a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds to build the aquaponic farm as a community resource, a training center and source of nutritious local food. Tawnya is passionate about teaching others the skills to take charge of their own personal food production.Tawnya's motto - the more you know, the more you grow.


HOST: Thomas Frey

Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute

Thomas Frey is Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute as well as Google top rated futurist speaker.

As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Tom continually pushes the envelope of understanding, creating fascinating images of the world to come.  His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies including NASA, IBM, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, First Data, Boeing, Capital One, Bell Canada, Visa, Ford Motor Company, Qwest, Allied Signal, Hunter Douglas, Direct TV, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Times of India, Leaders in Dubai, and many more.

Because of his work inspiring inventors and other revolutionary thinkers, Tom has been referred to as the modern "Father of Invention" and the "Dean of Futurists."  Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Tom spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer.