Help Dr. Mark McMurtry, the Visionary Behind iAVs, Rebuild His Home

We are reaching out to you today with a charitable appeal in support of Dr. Mark McMurtry, the brilliant mind behind the Integrated AquaVegeculture System (iAVs).

Dr. McMurtry has dedicated his life to developing and promoting this sustainable food production method, which has the potential to revolutionize the way we grow food and address global challenges like hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation.

Despite the immense value of his work, Dr. McMurtry has faced numerous challenges and setbacks.

He personally funded almost all of the iAVs research himself, even after the USDA sponsored examination, when the university tried to license iAVs/Sandponics to a multinational corporation. Undeterred, Mark embarked on a year-long legal battle to retain the rights to his invention and ensure that it remained open source and accessible to all.

As a result of his international travels to promote iAVs – and ever since – he has endured numerous health challenges requiring a series of prolonged hospitalizations. His medical status continues to degrade on several ‘fronts’ in addition to the effects of advancing age.

On September 11, 2018, Dr. McMurtry’s home was destroyed in a wildfire. He lost nearly everything, save for a few precious belongings and his loyal dogs.

Since then, he has been slowly trying to reestablish his physical security, while struggling to save some funds from a meager income and continuing to support efforts to implement iAVs globally.  He has been ‘living’ in a pick-up (ute) camper with all of 3 sq m of floor area and no bathroom for the past almost 6 years.  This has not certainly benefited his heath status.

Despite these hardships, Dr. McMurtry has managed to save enough funds from his veteran’s disability compensation to purchase materials for a small, basic home.

However, due to his age, disabilities, and limited resources, he is unable to build this home himself and requires the assistance of skilled tradesmen.

This is where we turn to you, the global iAVs/Sandponics community, for your help. We are asking for your generous support to help Dr. McMurtry re-establish his home and regain a sense of stability and comfort in his life.

Your donations will directly contribute to hiring the necessary tradesmen and ensuring that Dr. McMurtry has a warm, secure place to live before the next Montana winter.

Donations can be made directly to Dr. McMurtry via PayPal at  (using the “Friends and Family” mode to avoid fees), or through the website, where you can also support the fight against homelessness.

Your contribution, no matter the size, will make a significant and genuinely appreciated difference in his life.

Please, take a moment to consider donating and to also share this appeal with your networks.

Together, we can ensure that Dr. Mark McMurtry, the visionary behind iAVs, has the support and resources he needs to regain decent shelter and continue making a positive impact on our world.

Any donations above $30 US will receive a copy of our E-book as a way to say thank you.

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Help Dr. Mark McMurtry, the Visionary Behind iAVs, Rebuild His Home