Aquaculture Goes Commercial in Shelby County

A former IT entrepreneur applied the science of the Auburn-educated “father of aquaculture,” doubled down his capital investment, and made Southern Organics the state’s first commercially successful hybrid of aquaculture and hydroponics.

Kyle Raburn checks on a raft of plants, which are nearly ready for packaging under the firm’s Southern Fresh Produce label. Photos by Joe de Sciose Stuart Raburn spent 26 years in IT before 2012, when he sold the last of several companies he had founded. Along the way, he had…

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