Source: Vindy.com The first crop has already been harvested from the aquaponics lab at Choffin Career and Technical Center in Youngstown. Several varieties of lettuce grown by the students were picked and sold to school personnel. “It was delicious,” said Renee English, Choffin spokeswoman. Aquaponics — the cultivation of fish and vegetation in a closed ecosystem — is a new program this year at Choffin. School officials believe it’s the first in Ohio. Antwan Anderson, 16, a sophomore at Choffin, said the students are growing beans and squash as well as the lettuce in a greenhouse on the school
I have had several discussions with advocates for the socially and physically disadvantaged about Aquaponic gardening. Battered women, traumatized soldiers, alcoholics and the autistic could all benefit from the joy of Aquaponic gardening in Pittsburgh. Here is a story from Akron, OH that illustrates the opportunity: Source: Houston Chronicle The sight of a tankful of tilapia gobbling the food he’d given them made Scott Geistweite smile. Every day, the Akron, Ohio, resident checks and feeds the fish in an aquaponics system at Bridges, a vocational center for adults with developmental disabilities. In the seven months he’s been helping to
Not all is doom and gloom in Happy Valley these days… Source: Penn St. After spending five days this spring studying aquaponics at the University of Arizona, College of Agricultural Sciences student Jessica Foster and greenhouse manager Scott DiLoreto are developing the first aquaponic system at Penn State… DiLoreto heard from a colleague about the aquaponics course — an intensive, five-day look at “controlled-environment agriculture” — offered at the University of Arizona and suggested that he and Foster attend to learn more before taking on the project. “We were there pretty much from 8 in the morning until 5
Source: Allegheny College Assistant Professor of Environmental Science TJ Eatmon received a 2012 DEP Environmental Education Grant award for a project titled “Soilless Agriculture for STEM Education.” Funding from the grant will be used to create a year-round local food production process using aquaponic systems located throughout Meadville. The process will allow students from Allegheny College and Crawford Central School District and patrons of the Meadville Market House to observe and participate in the production of fish and produce. Parkhurst Dining Services will also be a partner in the project.