Scott and Kim have shared their lives together for the past 12 years and now live in Acworth, Georgia (about 35 miles northwest of Atlanta) with their two young children, ages 1 and 3, and two old dogs.
They have a strong interest in developing and maintaining an independent, self-sufficient, and sustainable lifestyle that will benefit their family and their community. Aquaponics is a step in that direction.
Initially, they plan to feed their family with the healthy, organic food they grow in their backyard system. Within one to three years they hope to build a commercial system so they can earn a living feeding their community. Then, within five years, they plan to teach others (individuals, families, homeless shelters, schools, etc) how to build and operate their own aquaponic systems so they can feed their own families and communities.
Scott was a police officer in a major U.S. city, but he was injured in the line of duty over three years ago. While his bones have healed, he still has nerve damage in his legs, neck and back, and now suffers from a terribly painful and rare condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). It is also known as Regional Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). Basically, this disorder causes the sympathetic nervous system to go crazy as it constantly sends out pain signals. Scott describes the pain in his legs as feeling like someone has poured gasoline on them and then set him on fire. It never goes away. He has spent most of the past three years in bed while taking a dozen medications to help relieve some of the pain and swelling.
The good news is that this aquaponic project distracts him from the pain as he focuses on feeding his family healthy foods in a sustainable and ecologically friendly way. He is also excited that his children are learning about aquaponics and growing food from a very young age, and the entire family is working and playing together as the family grows their own organic food.
Prior to his injury, Scott enjoyed white-water kayaking, hiking, camping, long-distance bike riding, traveling, learning foreign languages and target practice.
Kim was a very successful real estate agent for many years before the market crashed in 2008, and now she thoroughly enjoys being a mother of two beautiful children while she works part-time from home. When she has a spare moment, which is not that often, she also enjoys traveling, gardening, sewing, crocheting, making glass beads and jewelry, teaching English as a second language . . . and shopping. Kim is also tri-lingual and truly enjoys speaking with Spanish and Mandarin-Chinese speaking friends.
Scott says that Kim has never met a person she didn’t call her friend.