We had the good fortune of connecting with Allan Peterson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Allan, what do you want your legacy to be?
I teach history and I ask my students, when we are talking about why people supported something in the past that we now find repugnant (like slavery) to wonder what will people think about us in a hundred years if climate change is not addressed in an effective manner? Future generations are going to wonder what the heck we are thinking as we destroyed the carrying capacity of the earth. I want our family legacy to be, we tried to do something about it, tried to get people to realize that what is common or accepted might not be something we really ought to be doing. That said, turning your pool into a pond isn’t going to change the world, but it will change how you see the world. We need to get back to being producers rather than consumers, or at least try to get back to more balanced lifestyle. Regardless if I grow food in my pond/greenhouse by using aquaponics, I have a backyard that is an Eden for local wildlife. And it gives me a kind of peace that no pool has ever given me. Plus I don’t pay the pool guy anymore. I changed my world, and it was really easy and fun. I highly recommend firing your pool guy and doing this,

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
There is nothing about our careers that really explain why we have done what we have done other than to say that much of professional work today seems disconnected from nature and leaves a void that is palpable. We have sought to bring nature closer to us because it is what makes us feel most alive and aware.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Restaurants that we commonly frequent to meet servers that we know and enjoy. The zoo. Our 40 acres in east county. A walk at a dog beach. Local parks to run the dogs. Our backyard.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Judie Lincer gave us the courage to try. And Megan Flaherty who works for the San Diego Audubon Society introduced us to Judie.

Facebook: allan’s aquaponic adventure

Image Credits
Images by Janet and Allan Peterson

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