If a school garden isn’t ambitious enough, how about aquaponics?

Photo of aquaponics irrigation at Growing Power by Organic Nation (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Nancy Stohs of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel recently reported on an innovative new program at an exurban Milwaukee high school.

As she notes at the outset of her article,

The greenhouse at Waukesha West High School was built with the school in 1992. But it was never really used.

Teachers kept some plants there, but it was basically a storage room.

That all changed [January 4], when 300 tiny, 1- to 2-inch-long tilapia were ceremoniously dropped into a newly built 500-gallon tank in the renovated room at the back of the school.

If all goes well, those fish will grow to skillet-ready 1 ½-pounders in nine to 12 months, and multilevel growing beds connected to the tank will produce successful crops of vegetables.

For more, check out the full story here.

Then, like the Waukesha West faculty, find some inspiration in Will Allen’s Growing Power by, for example, heading here.


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