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Tawnya Sawyer
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Vote for GrowHaus

Started Jun 13, 2011 0 Replies

As a shameless plug, there are only 4 days left to vote in the Maxwell House Drops of Good Community Projects. The GrowHaus is a non-profit located in a food desert in Denver and is looking to create…Continue

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How did you find us?
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
We started with a 40 gallon rubbermaid tote system in our basement, then added multiple 10 gallon and a 20 gallon aquarium sized systems growing lettuce and various herbs.

Just finished building a 380 gallon 4'x 8' two tier Growing Power style system for the Growhaus project.

We added two 275 gallon IBC fish tanks with yellow perch, and tilapia. They support four growbeds with lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, strawberries and other misc.

Looking to add some vertical elements in the near future, as well as moving outside this spring.
Please tell us something else about yourself.
We started an aquaponics business and work with home owners, non-profits and communities to install small to medium sized aquaponics systems. We love the excitement and interest that people have when they first hear about the concept.

We also have 7 month old twins and a 3 year old who loves to "help" with planting and harvesting. Some days are just too busy.

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Growing Food, Growing Minds - Community Aquaponics at GrowHaus

Posted on August 21, 2012 at 11:28am 0 Comments

What makes you passionate about aquaponics? I’m sure an answer (or many) jumped to mind, from conserving water, to abundant nutritious vegetables, the fish greeting you each morning or the empowering feeling of growing your own food. We love all of those things too, but what makes us passionate about aquaponics is being able to share it with other people. Just like sharing your pictures, stories and dialog through the aquaponics community, sharing…


Tower media

Posted on September 9, 2010 at 10:09am 2 Comments

I'm sure that I have missed this along the way. I know that Nate uses a specific fiber media in his towers that was purchased from a supply company that only sells in bulk. I have also noticed that other people have setup towers. What media is everyone else using? I have investigated pads for air conditioners, swamp coolers, green scrubby sponges, floor buffers, Coir mats, etc. Looking for the solution that works for others, fits well in the 6" x 6" fence post, is inexpensive, easy to get and… Continue

Go Aquaponics

Posted on January 15, 2010 at 9:36am 2 Comments

Thank you to Sylvia for getting this blog off the ground. I agree completely that aquaponics is addicting. Within a week of discovering the concept, we started building three systems, signed up for an aquaponics workshop at Nelson and Pade and decided to change professions to make aquaponics a business. We have already had the pleasure of connecting with a passionate group of people that are working to make aquaponics a reality for themselves and others. These are truely exciting times when… Continue

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At 4:48pm on July 24, 2011, Gina Cavaliero said…

Hi Tawnya,

Thank you!  Wow, you do have a lot going on.  You are so very right and it takes a business minded person to run a commercial farm.  It is a business first and diversifying and utilizing all of your available talents only help insure success.   I watch what you guys are doing too and am so very impressed as well!

I actually have had the opportunity and pleasure to talk to Marianne recently about the RFC and the work Sylvia and I have been doing for the Aquaponics Association.  Marianne seems like an incredible, dynamic and passionate lady and we are looking forward to working with her in some capacity with both organizations and for me to get to meet her this September.

I wish you were going to be able to come in September, but I am guessing someone must hold down the fort, especially with a 15,000 sqft greenhouse underway.  Incredible!  Please tell JD I look forward to meeting him and hopefully soon maybe I will make my way out there to meet you and see your operation.


Thanks again for the kind words and let's keep in touch!



At 3:51pm on April 8, 2011, Abdul Aleem Shekhani said…

Hey Tawnya, thanks for getting back to me, I apologize I took a while to reply. I appreciate the offer for the recording but I don't think it will be feasible for me at this time. Thanks anyways :]


Abdul Aleem

At 4:30pm on April 3, 2011, Aaron said…
Hi Sawyer. Is there any way to include a link to the podcas Chi mentioned? Love to hear it. Ps good work on the big growpower style system. I'm curious if the ft is also recessed into the ground to make room for the two gb's or is it all above ground? And any secondary light source or all natural? I'm curious bc I'm thinking about s simmilar setup. Thanks!
At 7:21pm on March 13, 2011, Chi Ma said…
Good job on the podcast!
At 8:30pm on January 31, 2011, Linda McCargar said…

Tawnya, I would love to come by the Growhaus, do we need to call before we come, or are you open to the public with business hours?

At 3:45pm on September 22, 2010, Nate Storey said…
Hi Tawnya,
Yes I'm selling the media now- although if you made your own towers, I'm not guaranteeing that it will work in the towers, or even fit the towers for that matter. If you'd like some email me at and I'll send you a price list- also, you'll want a hook too probably.
At 11:56am on January 15, 2010, Sylvia Bernstein said…
Hi Tawnya! Thanks for joining! Please upload photos, video, etc as you have them and start inviting anyone you know who is into AP so we can get this conversation rolling!


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