Sustainable Harvesters Provides Produce to Their First Partner, Houston Oaks

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Andrew Alvis and Matthew Braud created an aquaponics system to provide sustainable, and fresh produce to their local communities. Houston Oaks Country Club is their first partnership to serve Coastal Range Aquaponics grown produce.

Two LSU graduates, Andrew Alvis and Matthew Braud, saw growing concerns of unsustainable agricultural practices and decided they could use aquaponics to deliver fresh local produce to communities throughout Texas. This is when the two created Sustainable Harvesters, a company specializing in sustainable growing systems, equipment, and organic produce. Their first partnership began with Houston Oaks Country Club in Hockley, TX. This is located near their produce farm, Coastal Range Aquaponics.

“We are currently using Coastal Range Aquaponics in all of our member food service outlets on campus," says chef of Houston Oaks, Bart Black. “The wide variety of lettuces, herbs and greens that are grown by Coastal Range are by far the freshest, most flavorful and, for lack of a better term, the most succulent product I have seen for a long time. I am proud to offer this product, which is grown right across the street, to our members and their guests.”

Sustainable Harvesters pride themselves in that the produce and fish are grown without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, GMO's, and growth hormones. The system at the Coastal Range Farm grows food in the most advanced, safest, and environmentally sustainable way possible. It does this by turning fish waste into nutrients for the plants in a closed-loop re-circulating system.

At Sustainable Harvesters, their main goal is to provide people with the highest quality of Aquaponic supplies and equipment, while bringing fresh and safe produce to our local communities. Through partnerships, they work closely with schools, students, and community leaders in developing new strategies and ideas to further educate our future generations on sustainable farming practices. We partner with local restaurants, grocery stores, schools, or anyone looking to add local, organic produce to their menu. Our mentality is simple: Stay Local, Stay Sustainable, Stay Educated, and Stay Fresh!

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