THE founders


Eric Kuenkler found his passion learning about aquaponics after years of family health issues and repeatedly being frustrated with the current food supply changes and grow practices. His dream is to build a product that can allow the individual to “Grow what they want and where they want to. One BACDEK at a time!”


Annemarie began her career in community outreach fifteen years ago working within the non-profit and senior industries. Over that time, she developed lasting relationships within sales, marketing, and project management. Her many strengths include fundraising, spearheading projects, and collaborating within public and private corporations.

With food insecurity rising within senior living communities and motivated by a personal loss due to malnutrition, BACDEK Farms, LLC was formed. She and her business partner, Eric Kuenkler, use BACDEK as a vehicle to educate the public about aquaponics and how sustainable farming can help mitigate food insecurity. She not only sees aquaponics as sustainable farming, but it can also provide an avenue for senior socialization.

Annemarie believes that aquaponics isn’t just for seniors, but as a teaching tool for area schools. Using BACDEK Farms, Annemarie can provide a unique STEM opportunity by customizing curriculum based on the needs of the individual school program. She and Eric knew it could change how people have access to quality organic food.. And grow what they want, where they want…one BACDEK at a time.