Hans was born in war-torn Germany in 1941, experiencing firsthand the devastation and hunger that followed the war. His father was a Master Gardener who taught planting, harvesting, and composting. A stark contrast to today's disposable way of thinking, Hans was taught how to utilize everything!

He married his childhood sweetheart, Sigrid, and they immigrated to the United States in 1963.

They went on a mission trip in Mexico and saw children dying of starvation; they became determined to help. Hans learned aquaculture in 1994 and aquaponics shortly after. Hans searched relentlessly for the right place to build a world-class training center for sustainable farming until, in 2000, he found 33336 Old Saint Joe Rd. A dilapidated, overgrown, 11-acre saltwater aquaculture facility that was over 30 years old, but the LORD gave Hans a vision... He worked with hundreds of people over the years to see MSF become the most comprehensive training center for sustainable farming in the world!

Prior to MSF, Hans founded G-Cat catamarans. He designed and built thousands of boats. He still participates in competitive sailboat racing using a World Hunger Awareness Platform, the Race2EndHunger. 

Sigrid works diligently to ensure students have a wonderful experience! She loves spending time with her family and especially their grandchildren.

“Our prayers are to be able to reach and help the world, through sustainable 'Aqua Farming'". Hans and Sigrid believe "When you feed the body, you also feed the Spirit.” Their favorite scripture is when Jesus spoke to Simon Peter — “Do not be afraid, from now on you will be fishers of men.” -Luke 5:10

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(352) 588-9797
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33336 Old Saint Joe Rd
​Dade City, Florida 33525

Our Mission

"Teaching nations to be self-sufficient with the sustainable food source of aquaponic farming, in an effort to end world hunger...helping others help themselves."

MSF is part of Nonprofit services for the United States

Our Motto

"Changing lives through aquaponics."