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Aquaponics Teaching Our Youth To Save The Planet

epcot-aquaponicsAccording to Wikipedia, Aquaponics is the symbiotic cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a recirculating environment.

Fish waste accumulates in the water of a closed system. This effluent-rich water is toxic to fish but high in plant nutrients. Hydroponic plants grown as part of this water system utilize the nutrients in the water and in the process clean the water for the aquatic animals.

Sounds like a win-win, right? Well, how about a win-win-win to give you a warm and fuzzy feeling for the future?

Chicago’s Community Youth Development Institute is a charter school for urban kids at high risk. They have developed an innovative science program utilizing aquaponics that has inspired these kids.

A unique and ingenious program to save kids and show them how to help their planet –

….. as the green future unfolds.

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  1. Barbara Says:

    Go ChicaGO! Yeah!! I love this idea. You are right, it is a win,win, WIN. Grows green and clean, and helps aquatic animails too! Bring on more of this!
    .-= Barbara´s last blog ..Relax With Barbara On Wednesday 68 =-.

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … You betcha! As I find ’em, I’ll post it! This was just soooo cool I could not resist! 😀

  3. Natural Health Goodies Says:

    That’s a fantastic idea – someone is sure using their noggin’ Not only is the circular nature of the Aquaponics ingenious it is so useful as a teaching tool. That’s what school should be like – teaching real world information with a hands on interactive teaching method.
    .-= Natural Health Goodies´s last blog ..Spring is Calling and So is My Square Foot Garden =-.

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Natural Health … If we start with the kids, no matter what age, then the future is much brighter! They really do learn when they are involved all the way through any project.

  5. Steve Says:

    🙂 This used to be a secret that only aquarium keepers knew. Since you have to change the fish water regularly, and the water of a healthy aquarium is packed with nitrates, you can just water your garden with the leftover water. Free organic fertilizer! It’s also exciting to run a multi-level ecosystem.
    .-= Steve´s last blog ..April 18 – No News – Fact of the Day (No Comments) =-.

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Steve … You are soooooo right! I used to do the same thing but living in an rv prevents me from having the big aquarium. 😀 Multi-leve is now the in thing!

  7. RE - RecycledFrockery Says:

    This is what I’m talking about. teaching and reshaping a mind makes it a fertile place. the kids have the opportunity lets just hope that the community embraces it enough to make it work. Another Great Post Mamm.

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi RE …. WE think alike and Yes! I hope it works as well! 😀

  9. Don Says:

    This is fantastic. I think self and community sufficiency are the keys to sustainability. Things like this are exactly what we need to be teaching our kids!
    .-= Don´s last blog ..Home Energy Monitors =-.

  10. Linda Says:

    Hi Don … The kids learn quickly and retain the knowledge. I believe they will continue the efforts.

  11. Elliott Bex Says:

    Could it be possible if I refer to this webpage, from my web site? I’m researching and need to find as many bits of info as I can.

  12. Linda Says:

    Hi Elliott … Sure give it a try!

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