LEARN • DISCOVER • GROW • HARVEST
As many things have come to a standstill in the world, our aquaponic system remains flowing and flourishing. Aquaponics is a farming method that combines the benefits of aquaculture and hydroponics. A nitrifying bacteria convert the wastes that fish produce. They then serve as an organic nutrient source for the plants. The water passes through a hydroponic plant growing section for filtration then recirculated back in the fish tank for reuse. With a natural ecosystem that recycles water continuously, an aquaponics system uses 90% less water versus traditional farming. Additionally, the system is self-sustaining which requires low maintenance and zero pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides. In an effort to address food insecurity in our community, we are donating this nutritious produce each time we harvest. Nutrition plays a significant role in defining sustainable foods and there’s a growing movement towards plant-based foods. These foods tend to have a greater emphasis on whole foods and fewer processed ingredients. Herring Gut Learning Center is committed to sharing our harvest with those in need.
VIRTUAL LEARNING DIGEST
Herring Gut Learning Center continues to find ways to engage our students in remote learning. As we create lessons and find valuable virtual learning resources, we will be sharing these resources with our community through weekly posts. These resources will be focused on environmental science and marine science related topics; we are striving to find a mix of content that engages students through screens and also encourages spending time outside in nature. Below are a few examples.
LUNCH BAGS TO LUNCHES
The Oceanside Hight School NOVA Program will be doing a seed germination experiment in the coming weeks. These paper lunch bags contain all of the materials that students will need to complete their experiments and hopefully provide a few lunches this summer!