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What is FAF?

FAF was founded on the principle of developing economic empowerment (jobs and opportunities) for individuals through education and training in the fields of aquaculture, hydroponics, aquaponics, and agriculture. This nonprofit organization was originally created by the FOA CEO/president, Clifford Morris, who firmly believed in helping the community where his company was located. Today, FAF operates separately and autonomously from FOA. After FAF obtained its 501 c3 status, it developed a profound Board of Directors and Advisory Council was established to oversee policies, procedures, and objectives. These individuals have extensive background in education, labor, business, economic development, and government. They come from the Florida Workforce Labor Board (Region 20), Indian River County economic development council, and Indian River State College administration. They are also business owners, nonprofit directors, educators in the sciences, and the city manager of Fellsmere.

The executive director of FAF, Teri Pinney, is a recognized education advocate and active community member within the Treasure Coast region of Florida. She has served on numerous boards of director, which included the College Preparatory Academy of the Treasure Coast, St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce, Samaritan School for Boys, the Philippine-American Association of the Treasure Coast, and the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee. She is a project development business owner and is a retired Florida high school assistant principal.

  • Developing education and training programs in aquaculture, hydroponics, aquaponics, and agriculture.
  • Working with universities and colleges to provide hands-on experiences in these areas and creating aquaculture certification of study programs.
  • Holding revenue-generating project workshops that demonstrate scientific research utilizing technological advances and sustainability in live bait and super-premium table shrimp cultivation for farmers, entrepreneurs, and interested individuals.
  • Providing individuals who live in the rural communities the job skills training that will economically empower them to advance in their lives.
  • Promoting careers in aquaculture and agriculture and helping these individuals obtain the guidance and training they need toward this endeavor.
  • Endorsing the efforts of environmentally-sustainable aquaculture farming.
  • Supporting nationwide STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) initiatives in primary and secondary aquaculture education.
  • Supporting methods and techniques that protect marine life, creating ecological efficiency as part of the global food system.
  • Working with research scientists in the field of aquaculture to look for means of achieving environmentally and economically sustainable production.