US (IN): Franklin Elementary students learn aquaponics

The third graders of Franklin Elementary recently learned about a sustainable way to grow fruits and vegetables using live fish and fish tanks.

The students are studying aquaponics, where fish waste from aquariums provides nutrients/fertilizer for the plants, and in turn, the plants clean the water for the fish.

The effort will yield pea sprouts, and, eventually, other vegetables, which the students can eat. "It's cool," said third grader Gabriel Ellington, a team leader. "We're going to grow some fish and have some salad."

The six-week program is called 'Indoor Farming, Innovation Zone' (IFIZ), offered by the I Will Projects based in Colorado. Susan Finzel, I WILL Projects education specialist, was in Terre Haute to deliver the program in person; after this week, she'll meet with students by Zoom for lessons.


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