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Mission Statement



The International Center of Aquaponics and Family Farming is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to discover, create, deploy, and teach strategic food growing solutions, both domestically and internationally. These endeavors encourage personal food production by developing community-based clean food growing programs designed to engage sustainable food growing practices.

Board of Directors

Arturo Arredondo, Director


Arturo Arredondo is an International trainer, lecturer, consultant, and author with a passion for educating families around the world about growing their own clean food. While living in Washington, DC, he worked for The World Bank (The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development) and thereafter at The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Upon moving to Texas, he quickly developed a standing as one of the foremost authorities in Aquaponic family food production. Through these efforts, he has trained thousands of people in Aquaponics domestically and internationally. In addition, he has since expanded his efforts to include “TransFarming” which transforms the traditional way of thinking about personal food production with those which are more realistic for our times. Arturo currently resides in Austin, Texas.

Paul Pimentel, Treasurer


Paul Pimentel studied at Abilene Christian University and received a BA in English Literature. Paul is a native Austinite and is a local businessman as well, working in global sales for Dell Computers. Paul is a soil food web maven who understands and passionately advocates the importance of soil composition and overall soil health. Paul is also a supporter of the local food movement and a believer of knowing where our food comes from. He attends Hill Country Bible Church with his wife Katie and together they currently lead the garden ministry at HCBC.

Nelly Leslie, Culinary and Nutritional Consultant


Nelly Leslie grew up in a family of nine brothers and sisters. As a result, she has cooked for most of her life. She attended the Texas Culinary Academy (now the Cordon Bleu) in Austin where she graduated Valedictorian. Her constant hunger for culinary knowledge has brought to her a deep understanding of nutrition as it applies to planting, growing, harvesting, cooking and preserving healthy food. Nelly works as a personal chef and healthy family food consultant. She is currently launching company which produces healthy desserts.

The International Center of Aquaponics and Family Farming

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