We believe that ecology has more answers than we give her credit for and that ecologically inspired patterns and principals can push the boundaries of design, food production, waste elimination, and education.
Since 2010, the permaculture club at Jasper Place High School has been applying this philosophy to create designs that build resiliency through the partnering of human and ecological systems.
Aquaponics = Fish + Vegetables
At the end of 2011, we made news (Article1, Article2) when JP became the first school in Canada to acquire a commercial fish culturing license for the aquapoincs system we built in the Culinary Arts' classroom.
Fed composting worms and vegetable scraps, the JP aquaponics system raises Tilapia, a hearty freshwater fish. Waste, produced by the fish, and water is passed through and filtered by hydroponics vegetable beds. At maturity, fish and vegetables are harvested and sent to the school’s cafeteria, in exchange for more vegetable scraps; completing the loop.
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Talk about sustainability. Turn yard wastes into fish food, and plant fertilizer for raising fish and vegetables. Learn simple instructions to create a DIY bioponic garden using 55-gallon barrels, rainwater, and common plumbing parts. Find out how nutrient cycling from yard waste is used to grow duckweed as a fish and livestock feed, tilapia and crawfish, plus liquid fertilizer for nourishing plants both in-ground and in soil-less hydroponic/aquaponic garden systems. Presented by David Epstein, and Kenneth Lovell at the 2012 Georgia Organics Conference in Columbus, GA.