Maryann Robinson, Aquaponics Gardener
Name: Maryann Robinson
Retail Store Manager
Place of Residence: Grafton, Mass.
and Personal History: Maryann Robinson has been an avid vegetable gardener all her
life. Starting out as a child helping
her father plant and maintain their small 15-by-30-foot garden. She enjoys growing all types of veggies (even
those she won’t eat, such as super-hot peppers) but absolutely LOVES heirloom
tomatoes. She manages a specialty garden
shop in Sutton, Mass., called Worm’s Way and has been with the company for 11 years. This garden shop does not sell plants, but
instead specializes in organic fertilizers, hydroponics and indoor garden
Since starting with Worm’s Way, Maryann has been growing her vegetables year-round indoors in both soil containers
and hydroponic systems. Maryann enjoys
introducing people to the joy of organic gardening and the wonder of
hydroponics (gardening without soil). She also has an affinity for tropical hibiscus, citrus trees and any
other rare or unusual plant that’s not commonly found in New
England. Her most recent
hobby is aquaponic gardening, which incorporates growing plants and fish together in one
symbiotic system. All in all, she’s
basically a plant geek.
Current Projects: Maryann is establishing a small aquaponic setup using a
tropical fish aquarium growing spoon mustard and many hydroponic systems
growing different types of veggies and sometimes flowers.
Facts: Maryann has a cat named Jinkies and maintains a salt water
aquarium at home.