US (NJ): Students grow sustainable food with in-class garden

Inside a science classroom at Brick Memorial High School, you’ll find over 300 edible plants grown by students. Although these seem like ordinary plants, there’s nothing ordinary about how they’re grown.

Ben Schaible, an AP Environmental Science teacher at Brick Memorial, teaches students how to grow sustainable foods in class through two unique processes: hydroponics and aquaponics.

“I mainly teach juniors and seniors. I’ve been teaching aquaponics and hydroponics for many years within that program,” Schaible said. “I expanded the program with the help of Cody Parker from Drop the Beet Farms by building a huge aquaponics system in my classroom, and now it’s been worked into our curriculum.”

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