Sometimes you just need to say goodbye!
That’s what we did in December to one of our aquaponic systems.
It served us well for MANY years, but it’s time to move on to a more efficient system. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students and supporters to work together. The students in the St. George and RSU 13 Intensive Middle School Program will be spending the next 6 weeks researching Recirculating Aquaponic Systems (RAS) to determine the most efficient way to rebuild the fish and greenhouse connected system. Next comes designing and finally construction and installation.
This is not an inexpensive endeavor but the value of having the students own this work is invaluable! During the rebuild there will also be the need to spawn our tilapia to help fill the new tanks, and determining what seedlings to get ready to go into the new system.
We will keep you up to date with progress via Facebook and Instagram. And of course, we will hold a GRAND OPENING which we anticipate will be held at the end of this school year!!!
Please consider donating to HGLC to assist in the expense of providing these programs and for the additional expense this year of rebuilding this system. Your donation will assist in paying for fish tanks, PVC piping, filters, pumps, aerators and more!!
We value our volunteers!
Taylor, a student at Unity College, completed a full Fall semester volunteering on Fridays. We appreciate her help in the Aquaponics Lab, Saltwater Lab and wherever we needed a helping hand!
Micah is a volunteer educator. We value his expertise and enthusiasm working alongside our educators with middle school students.
Special thank you to Joel, Joline and Nancy who kept fish fed, plants watered and systems running over the holiday break and on weekends!
Campus visitors from madison, maine
We kicked off the New Year with visitors from Kennebec Valley Multiple Pathways Academy located in Madison, Maine. We learned that their aquaponics program provides over 1/3 of the produce for their school’s salad bar. They met with our RSU 13 middle school students, got a tour of our campus, and learned about the similarities and differences in our programs. The KVMP students had a “take away” of some of our tilapia which they will soon spawn for their system. We look forward to staying in touch and sharing progress with each other!