Ten Acres Organics is an urban farming business that uses aquaponics technology and other organic farming methods to grow food that is healthy, fresh, and delicious and is locally grown in an environmentally sound way with a business model that benefits the local economy.
Ten Acre Organics uses an innovative technology called aquaponics, an ecological method of food production in which fish and plants are raised together in a symbiotic ecosystem. Fish waste fertilizes the plants while plants filter the water for the fish. Aquaponics is a highly fruitful and efficient method of food production that is ideal for growing in urban and suburban environments where space is scarce. We would like to make fresh, healthy, organic food accessible to people in urban communities, with minimal environmental impact. We plan to grow herbs, salad greens, and various fruits and vegetables, as well as raise fish. We will sell our products to other businesses, such as restaurants and grocery stores, as well directly to consumers via farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) networks. Furthermore, we plan to provide an array of education and community outreach programs as part of our comprehensive strategy for growing healthier, more sustainable communities.
Lloyd Minick is a student and entrepreneur with a deep passion for sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Lloyd returned to Austin, Texas to work full-time at growing his business after completing his Master of Arts in Integral Psychology, with specializations in Leadership and Entrepreneurship, from John F. Kennedy University.
As a non-business student (Psychology major), and first-time entrepreneur, I benefited immensely from the very practical and pragmatic approach of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Through the course of the program, I refined my business concept and growth strategy, drafted a comprehensive business plan, pitched my business to actual investors and potential customers, and networked with other early-stage entrepreneurs. Dr. Raul Deju and Dina Finta were knowledgeable and inspiring instructors as well as excellent facilitators of discussion. It has been three years since I graduated from the program, and my company has just completed a second round of funding and will be hiring six new employees this year.