US (NY): Yonkers Science Barge grows organic produce for people in need

The Hudson River in Yonkers at Groundwork Hudson Valley's Science Barge launched a project Friday that focuses on growing organic produce for those in need. 

Sustainability Education Manager Joel Rodriguez says the educational center has been working on growing produce through an aquaponic system. This means the plants don't need any fertilizers or soil to grow in. Instead, the produce is grown in a body of water with fish."No kind of fertilizers needed, we rely on the fish to do everything," Rodriguez says. "The nutrients they leave behind goes into this container, it floods the area with the nutrients that is in that fish poop."

Groundwork Hudson Valley Executive Director Brigitte Griswold says this science ingenuity actually stems from the coronavirus pandemic. "We have not been able to function as an educational center because we can't host school groups, so we really had to rethink how we use the facility," she says. "We are repositioning as a growing center for increasingly food insecure communities in Yonkers," says Griswold.

Read more at News 12 Westchester

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