Grow Oyster Reefs, LLC (GROW) is an early-stage women-owned Virginia enterprise that possesses patented and scalable concrete oyster substrate products poised to dramatically improve oyster reef restoration efforts globally.
GROW’s aim is to manufacture and distribute these newly patented Concrete Oyster Reef Restoration Tiles (CORRT), Disks (CORRD) and CaC03 Concrete Mix. The market supporting the current oyster reef restoration effort is growing rapidly due to the invaluable role oysters play in mitigating climate change.
Evelyn Tickle inventor/owner
Evelyn Tickle has had her hands in concrete and form makings since 1994. Evelyn was the co-founder of Prettyhard Fine Concrete (2001-2008) and founder of Pretty Fine Concrete (2008-present). She is an entrepreneur experienced in complex concrete design, project development and production, and intellectual property procedures. Evelyn is now using this expertise, along with her architectural and business experience, to grow a new company, Grow Oyster Reefs, llc that specializes in making concrete products and infrastructure to promote and enhance marine ecology, such as oysters and their reefs and Living Breakwaters. She has designed and invented her first series of products – CaC03 Concrete Mix, Reef Tile (CORRT), Reef Disk (CORRD) and has product in the water with The Nature Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife and a collaborative project in the Baltimore Harbor with University of Maryland and has a permanent exhibit in the Underwater Museum of Art by the Cultural Arts Alliance on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico off of Grayton Beach, Florida.
Andrea Murchie Designer/ Researcher Assistant
Andrea Murchie received her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from James Madison University. She is a certified Dive Master with great passion for the ocean and it's conservation. She is trained in the Human Centered Design Process, the Design Thinking Process, Computer Aided Design, digital fabrication, form making and more. She has experience working on conservation projects regarding various species of sharks and African penguins, as well as teaching at risk and disabled children in foreign countries. She continually seeks ways to apply her experience in design, conservation and teaching to awareness of and action for ocean conservation and related topics.