August 19, 2020
Douglas Wood, owner and CEO of Dover’s 302 Aquaponics, recently addressed the Dover Colonial Rotary Club. Mr. Wood began his presentation by defining Aquaponics, which is a combination of Aquaculture (raising fish) and Hydroponics (growing plants in a soilless system).
As part of the twelve years he dedicated to his second career as a teacher, Mr. Wood worked with disadvantaged students, assisting them with techniques for growing plants. As a result, his interest in the subject increased, peaking when he attended an Aquaponics seminar in Milwaukee. By the time he was stopping over in Chicago on his way home from the conference, he had become enthralled with the topic and resolved to start this type of business in Delaware. His 15,000 square foot facility, off on route 1, is where all the action takes place, specializing in tilapia fish, lettuces and greens.
The system is a closed-loop, using the same water for the fish and plants, making it both efficient and sustainable. No fertilizer, chemicals, or pesticides are used in the process. The speaker noted that his business requires a sunrise to sunset commitment, and he is actively engaged in it seven days a week. The company’s first sales occurred in February 2020. His products are distributed to select retail establishments throughout Delaware.
Mr. Wood has overcome numerous obstacles and challenges presented by launching his business during the COVID-19 crisis. He has devised and implemented creative solutions such as creating drop-off sites where customers can pick up their orders. Fortunately, 302 Aquaponics has been allowed to remain open because it produces and distributes food products. Mr. Wood stressed that the pandemic has provided him with the opportunity to learn how to think out-of-the-box, and has also reminded him of the importance of making new friends and actively maintaining relationships with current ones.
For more information about 302aquaponics, please visit www.302aquaponics.com. For additional information regarding Rotary International and the Dover Colonial Rotary Club, which meets each Friday morning at the Maple Dale Country Club, please contact Mr. Mark Pugh at 302 632-9833, or visit www.colonialrotary.org.
For more information about 302aquaponics, please visit www.302aquaponics.com. For additional information regarding Rotary International and the Dover Colonial Rotary Club, which meets each Friday morning at the Maple Dale Country Club, please contact us.