I first came across aquaponics over 5 years ago – and loved the idea that you could grow fresh vegetables and fish in unused urban spaces. I started to imagine building farms that were environmentally sustainable and were a viable use of space in cities. I then met Tom Webster, whose background in ecology, sustainability and passion for food had also got him thinking about how to maximize food production in urban spaces. We both thought aquaponics was a great technology to teach people about what it takes to grow food sustainably. We left our corporate jobs, designed the GrowUp Box as a demonstration of urban aquaponics in small spaces and founded GrowUp Urban Farms.
GrowUp Urban Farms has evolved into a dynamic team of aquaponic innovators, business developers, strategic thinkers, project managers, designers and rapidly evolving trainee operators.
[Kate Hofman – Co-Founder and CEO, Full-time], [Tom Webster – Co-Founder and COO, Full-time], [Andrew Hodson – Strategic Director, Part-time], [Oscar Davidson – Farm Manager, Full-time], [Mandy Zammit – Project Administrator, Full-time], [Sam Cox – GrowUp Box Design & Development, Part-Time], [Kelly Greer – GrowUp Box Business Development, Full-time Secondee], [Jon Savage - IT Analyst, Part-time Secondee], [Andrew Worral – Farm Assistant, Full-Time], [Jabbar Euba - Farm Assistant, Full-Time], [Luke Gray - Farm Assistant, Full-Time].
Looking forward, we hope to provide additional living wage jobs for young people with lower academic attainment and a marketing position to underpin future sales.