Casey Townsend is the Founder of the Tucson AquaPonics Project and co-owns Arnavon with Kathryn Townsend, his wife and partner of 30 years.
Together they are living, advocating and teaching Integrated Backyard Agriculture, Food Security, Food Safety, and Food Freedom.
By day an I.T. Project Manager, most of Casey’s nights and weekends are spent growing things, or teaching other people how to grow or build things. Casey, Kathryn and family raise heritage breed rabbits and chickens, and lots of veggies, edible flowers and herbs. Casey earned his Master Gardener certification in 1996 and has experience in Drylands Permaculture, 4-H Small Stock Animal Husbandry, Seed Saving and now 8 years of hands-on experience with Aquaponics.
Kathryn is an educator, having spent 25 years home schooling and 5 years teaching in a high school classroom. She has been a college-prep guidance counselor, as well as a speech and debate coach. Kathryn is an accomplished artist and silversmith, and also cooks, writes, keeps the books, and volunteers with several community organizations.
Casey and Kathryn have 8 children, and are now enjoying their four grandchildren. They live on a 1/5 acre city lot filled with both aquaponic and soil based ‘beyond organic’ gardens and 3 dogs, two cats, dozens of chickens, scores of rabbits and innumerable fish.