From Edutopia, this is the story of a high school student that brought his hobby — growing food with an aquaponic system for his family and neighbors — to his school’s underutilized greenhouse, creating a local edible schoolyard for his fellow students and his community. And he’s not stopping there:
"I want to bring this system into many different schools. You know, learning opportunity that a system like this provides is immense. You’ve got water chemistry, agriculture, science, physics, mathematics, economics. A lot of these subjects could be modeled from this particular system. If I can provide a curriculum to go with this system then the knowledge of aquaponics will be proliferated throughout, hopefully, the United States."
Read more about this project, the Edible Schoolyard project, and aquaponics. Related: the differences between aquaponics and hydroponics.
Watch more videos about farming, including two Swaziland teens who developed an affordable hydroponics system and the Paignton Zoo’s inhouse vertical farm.
And if you’re interested in supporting students in alternative farming, check out these projects on Donor’s Choose.