GYO GREENS is your North Florida Aquaponics farm

GYO GREENS uses a sustainable farming method which combines traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals - in our case, KOI fish - in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. All produce is grown naturally using standard organic practices. We also use beneficial insects and companion planting for pest management. We do not use GMO seeds.

Meet our family
Helga Tan Fellows
Helga's formal training is in Industrial Engineering with a master in Business Administration and a minor in information technology. She spent 20+ years of her career in the manufacturing of both ophthalmic pharmaceutical and surgical medical devices products. Then, moved on to the implementation of manufacturing business software.
Helga's passions have been traveling, education and gardening. She is also an advocate for sustainable energy and practices. She spent seven years outside the U.S. in Hong Kong, Tokyo and London experiencing the rich cultural diversity of Asia and Europe. In London she was a volunteer at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew which further piqued her interest in gardening. Since returning to the U.S. Helga has been searching for means to enjoy gardening and promoting environmental sustainable practices while at the same time providing a vehicle for education. She found that in aquaponics and the building of GYO GREENS is the result.
David Fellows
David came to GYO GREENS with no relevant experience, very little know-how in farming but plenty of raw enthusiasm and strong management support from the founder. In his brief but productive tenure at GYO GREENS he worked as Fish Feeder, Chief Planting Officer and Chief Transportation Officer. His long term aspiration was to progress to Chief Harvesting Officer but a move to London prematurely ended his rapid rise up the GYO GREENS ladder.
Oh yes, David is the principal investor in GYO GREENS. He has spent over 35+ years in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industry. His roles have included positions in Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and Europe.
Matt Randall
Matt brings his horticulture experience and passion about farming to our team. He is a UNF graduate in Business Administration with focus in Economics and is currently completing his Master Gardener certification. Matt has also worked in the restaurant business in various roles.
Matt joins our team to lead the overall farm operations. He is a key member guiding the GYO GREENS team to identify and grow the farm specialty crops while maintaining the highest quality and safety standards. The experience and leadership he brings to the team strengthens our current education program on sustainable farming. Matt interests in addition to farming includes surfing, swimming, cycling, hiking and team athletics. Do not hesitate to stop by the farm and meet Matt!
Suzanne Whelan
Suzanne has a degree in Dietetics and Exercise Physiology.  She is very passionate about food quality and clean eating so it is not a surprise that she found herself at home at GYO GREENS. Suzanne loves working with our customers, the farm staff, and community members especially schools and educators.
Suzanne and Helga met a while ago while their kids attended school together. On a casual meeting when Helga mentioned the concept to build a farm, she was already discussing ideas for customers and schools.  She was very excited about the project and offered to help in several occasions even before the farm was built. The rest is history and she soon joined our team. Suzanne coordinates all our logistics and sales and many more activities at the farm. She always has a smile and is very enthusiastic helping our chefs and visitors taste and select produce, volunteers, students, community members, and all farm visitors.
Holt Knight
Holt brings to our team a vast expertise in the agricultural field. His experience and knowledge includes working with other local farms either growing simple herbs, vegetables, and ornamental plants to more complex medicinal crops and beautiful exotic plants. He is also experienced in plants growing for harvesting seeds. As described by many of his colleagues and former supervisors, Holt "stands out as one of very few with real passion for the industry". He is sharing his expertise with the farm team as we continue to grow specialty crops to comply with the high culinary demands of our customers.
Holt is responsible for the design and upgrades of our outdoor planters that host beautiful petit veggies and edible flowers. Holt enjoys sharing his knowledge with farm visitors and customers too. SO if you visit us, do not hesitate to ask Holt for any advise in produce growing. We are very fortunate to have Holt join our team.
Maria Fernandez
Maria joined us at the very early stages of our farm development. Her initial roles were mainly to assist us with the compliance procedures for keeping our farm in pristine quality condition. Soon we discovered Maria's passion about growing plants. It was a delight for us to learn that she can grow beautiful crops. Needless to say, her role evolved into regular farm duties for plants and fish operations support.
You can find Maria assisting us in all areas at the farm. She is very fond too of our beloved fish ensuring they all grow healthy and beautiful. You will find Maria at our farm always welcoming everyone with smile.
Andrea Acosta
Andrea started with us as a volunteer while attending high school. She was very curious about our operations and wanted to learn more about it. So she decided to complete some of her required graduation volunteering hours at GYO GREENS. Andrea soon learned how much she enjoyed the entire process.
Her dedication, curiosity and passion for our work earned her recognition from the farm colleagues and supervisors. Needless to say, as soon as a position was available we were delighted to ask Andrea to join us. Andrea just graduated with top academic honors from high school. She is soon starting her college education. Andrea is also a very talented artist and musician. She is the staff behind the artistic design of some the micro greens we assemble for special occasions.
Tab Baer
Canal Boulevard neighbor and friend who has built our fabulous system and continues to make sure our place and grounds are in the best conditions. Timing could not be better as when Tab visited our farm the first time. Tab has just retired after many years working for the local utility company. In a casual neighbor's introduction meeting, Helga and Tab met and that led to discovering all the talents that Tab brings to the team.
He has supported in either building many parts of our system and greenhouse to recommending near by contractors that are also members of our community. Tab's principles of reusing and recycling have been put to into practice in the work his done at our place. He has successfully built our storage, planters, winter covers, parking, harvesting tables, and washing areas from construction material placed in waste containers. This way, we find good use to all this material that otherwise would have ended in our landfills. Tab is also a wonderful farmer who likes to share his experience and compare "notes" of traditional vs Aquaponics farming.
Felix Tan
Felix' formal training is in Mechanical Engineering with strong product design, integration, fabrication, and testing background. His main career is from the defense industry making and testing ammunition and utility vehicles.
His hobby and passions are in motorcycles and beach volleyball. Felix was pressed into duty by his sister to assist in the design and construction of the aquaponics structure and system. He continues to provide the technical support to ensure GyoGreens operates with the highest quality standards and efficiency in organic farming.
Carolyn Houston
Carolyn's formal training is in Biology with a master in Education. Currently, she is a Science educator in one of our local schools. Carolyn is instrumental in our goals to reach to our students and community to share with them our place. This way, the students can enhance and complement their current work at school with projects at GYO GREENS.
Carolyn is as enthusiastic or more about Aquaponics than the entire team. She has been instrumental in assisting us in the development of a program to host school field trips and students interested in learning more about sustainable farming practices and Aquaponics.

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To plant a seed is to believe in tomorrow.

- Audrey Hepburn