A Pasadena high school has started work on an practical aquaponics for everyone system on their campus that could instruct future food growers in the art of space age farming. Aquaponics is the science of technologically accelerating the symbiotic relationship that occurs between plant and animal in nature. Future farms using this technology will dot the landscape like the cornfields of Iowa. Not only does aquaponics speed up the yield, it accomplishes this while using 90 percent less water.The arid areas of Earth will be able to farm using this method too.
A group of students gathered early in the morning on March 2 to clear an area near the student store for a complex watering system. The Urban Sustainability Club cleared and leveled out the planter near the student store during its first workday to install an aquaponics system in the area.
An aquaponics system circulates used water from fish tanks through plants, whose roots extract by-products as nutrients. The purified water is then sent back to the fish with next-to-no water loss. Club founders seniors Ella Hardy, Austin Kahn, and Angelise Slifkin as well as ten other club members worked to clear out invasive, non-native shrubs and plants, such as the Agapanthus, from the planter area. They were able to level out the area after nearly four hours of digging. Students worked under the guidance of AP Environmental Science teacher and club advisor Mr. Don Wielenga, and urban farmer and club mentor, Mr. Andrés Ramos.
“The day was very successful, and we were very effective in getting the site cleared efficiently on that hot morning,” Hardy said. “It was also a great bonding experience for all the club members.”
They also discussed plans to build a mini-learning center with infographics next to the aquaponics system to allow future science classes and other interested students to learn more about aquaponics and sustainable farming. After confirming their plans with the maintenance department, the club members will begin constructing the system in March and hope to receive a supplies donation from The Home Depot. To read the rest of Urban Sustainability begins work on aquaponics watering system click here.
It appears we humans have been given a gift to continue on into the future. Just like the manna of old.