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Teachers invited to apply for classroom grants for aquaponic gardening systems

Published: June 18, 2014, 11:50 am, by Debbie Kelley

A new grant program from The Aquaponic Source, a Longmont-based store, education center and research laboratory, enables teachers and schools to get funding to operate aquaponic systems in classrooms.

Students can learn a sustainable way to grow food and get a hands-on science lesson with aquaponic gardening, says Sylvia Bernstein, president of The Aquaponic Source and author of the book “Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together” (New Society Publishers, October 2011).

Aquaponics is a gardening technique in which raising plants and fish is done symbiotically, with the fish providing nutrients to the plants. The water circulates and is filtered by the plants, creating a clean and self-sufficient system for growing both plants and fish together.

The systems can easily be set up and maintained in classrooms, as well as at home and in the office, Bernstein says.  

Schools also can connect with other schools via a forum and get information on additional gardening grant resources.

For more information, go to http://grantsforplants.org.