Jesse Hull and Molly Stanek, founders of Imagine Aquaponics have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in food production and farming, particularly within urban settings.
With over 20 years experience in horticulture, Jesse Hull performed extensive beta-testing for the hydroponic, aquaculture, & horticultural lighting industries. With a heavy focus on research and development, he considers testing the latest innovations to be a crucial component of his work.
Jesse earned degrees in Ceramic Chemistry, Metalsmithing, and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. While in school, he traveled extensively across the U.S., as well as to Europe and Africa, building homes, hydroponic & soil gardens, farms, and irrigation systems. Jesse worked for six years with Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program, taking part in several natural disaster relief efforts.
Jesse’s introduction to aquaponics resulted from trials with hydro-organics and water filtration methods, during which time he combined mechanically and biologically filtered waste from fish, rabbits, kelp, and rock powders to create natural nutrient sources for hydroponic plant systems that could compete with the quality, growth rate, and yields resulting from synthetic (petroleum derived) fertilizer use.
In 2009, Jesse performed a horticultural lighting evaluation for the 70,000 gallon system at Sweet Water Organics, an urban aquaponics farm in Milwaukee, WI. It was shortly after this that Jesse was offered stock in the company and a position with Sweet Water as the Director of Horticulture, Research & Development.
Molly joined Jesse as the Assistant Director of Horticulture, R&D in 2010. Molly’s background in biology and process engineering made her a great asset.
Jesse & Molly worked with experienced staff in advancing and maintaining one of the first large scale artificially-lit indoor/greenhouse outdoor urban aquaponics facilities. Sweet Water was featured in several news stories including the Wall St. Journal, the New York Times, & NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.
Jesse & Molly started Imagine Aquaponics immediately after leaving Sweet Water Organics in 2011, two years prior to the unfortunate financial decisions that ultimately caused Sweet Water to fail. They became founding officers in the Aquaponics Association, were included in (and asked to proof read) the two best selling books on the subject, contributed to the aquaponic training manuals of several different groups, and spoke at events regarding the benefits of aquaponics. This was in addition to consulting and designing systems for people interested in starting aquaponic and hydroponic farms.
For more than five years, they have taught internationally attended workshops across the US alongside some of the biggest names in the aquaponics & hydroponics industry, focusing on crop production, aquaculture, horticultural lighting, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), plant and fish pathogen control, & water chemistry.