Gimponics: Backyard Aquaponic grower produces garden of plenty

Eric Stewart checks out this productive edible suburban home in Holiday, Florida.

Check out Steve the “Gimponic” who grows several hundreds of pounds of fresh vegetables, fruit, and Fish from his hybrid aquaponic garden. He uses the aquaponic fertilizer to grow his garden. He also has chickens to help fertilize and take care of his extra waste. Anything his family doesn’t eat or juice goes into the dehydrator or fermentation jars for some delicious home Kimchi! Yum! Check out this incredible gardeners beautiful garden.

Eric Stewart is a permaculture designer working out of the Tampa bay area, Florida. His farm is 4 years old and has been a now permanent fixture at their local Habitat for Humanity non profit. Eric is currently offering a PDC course as follows:

When: Feb 2015-July 2015 – Weekend long classes on the 3rd weekend of every month over 6 months. With Field trips and workshops our course is going to be over 100 hours of educational experiences into Permaculture.
Saturday and Sunday 8:30 A.M. till 5 P.M.

Where: The class will be hosted at Kinship Urban Farm located behind the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity Re-Store at 4131 Madison Street, New Port Richey, FL 34652

What: The design course is 72 hours long hosted over 12 days of intense educational experience. In addition to the course there will be Group Design Time, A talent show, community networking, Homework, Self Study time, Hands on Projects, Visits to Permaculture sites, guest speakers, and other activities. The certification gives the holder the right to use “Permaculture” in business or Professional practice and signifies the successful completion of a Permaculture Design course.

Who: The primary instructor will be Eric Stewart (FB Profile) , who will conduct most of the class sessions. There will be multiple Guest Speakers throughout the course offering observations from local Experts in Permaculture.

Come when you can– Sign up for the entire course or take each weekend separately. We will repeat the course in the future and you can take as long as you want to get your course. We will be providing Permaculture teaching for years to come looking to host the 6 month course twice a year.

Flexible Payments– Pay the course entirety or per day/weekend.

Kids Free*– We want to teach the next generation and we would love to run a daycare but cannot offer that service at this stage. Children 12-17 may come for free with an adult registered in the course..*


  1. So glad I found you guys.. Excited to learn & grow! Thank you for your continued efforts to nurture mother earth, connect, educate & heal!

  2. Steve what a beautiful system you’ve designed for yourself & family. You’re obviously a great role model for your neighborhood.
    I’m sorry to hear about the seizures. If they are neurologically derived you may want to investigate a ‘Ketogenic’ diet. Lots of high quality fats. There has been much success with epileptics, Parkinson’s, Autisim and assorted neurological challenges being helped & healed. Keep up the fabulous work, thank you.

  3. The 72 hour PDC does not give a graduate the right to instantly be a professional designer, or worse a teacher. The PDC graduate is a Permaculture Design Apprentice.

  4. What an inspiration Steve and thanks for sharing Eric. Just adding on from what Kim suggested regarding seizures, is the use of cannabis oil. I am not sure if you’ve looked into it, the laws in Florida etc, but it is an exceptional treatment for seizures. If you haven’t already checked it out, I definitely recommend researching its many benefits. Once again, LOVE your garden, you’ve done an amazing job.

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