This workshop is an exciting interactive tour of the future of farming by visiting a greenhouse aquaponics system.
Aquaponics uses the waste produced from growing fish (trout, tilapia and crayfish) to supply the nutrients for growing fruit and vegetables in a soil-less growing system. It reduces the need for fertiliser, reduces water use by over 95%, and can save space by growing plants vertically!
We are a living science experiment, demonstration project, and training space at the Plumpton College site in Stanmer Park. It is a full sensory experience when first stepping into the greenhouse and Students are encouraged to using all their senses to discover and learn the principals behind aquaponics.
We will give a tour of the system and Students can help our team with tasks scheduled for that day, such as, feeding the fish, planting seeds, controlling pests, and water testing.
Aquaponics can be used to educate about various subjects:
- Plant biology and water chemistry
- Environmental impacts of producing food in soil-less verses soil based systems
- Integrating agriculture into cities and homes
- Circular economy and how integrating aquaponics with other businesses can reduce waste
- Community aspects of food production and importance of cooperation in society
- For all ages - what a baby ladybird looks like, how aquaponics mimics natural environments, and how to tell the difference between male and female fish
Discussions and activities can be fully tailored to the interest, the academic level, and the age of the group, and we can provide teachers with information to help students recall the key points when they are back in the classroom.
If you are interested in arranging an Eco Education Day then please contact us.