Cumberland County

Aquaponics:  Sustainable Agriculture

Categories: Cumberland County | 2017

CUCPS began an aquaponics program as part of the horticulture program. Aquaponics, which is a combination of aquaculture and hydroponic technology, creates a system to grow both fish and plants. Fish tanks are stocked with fish, which produce fertilizer used by the plants, and, in turn, the plants clean the water for the fish. While the program has the main goal of providing instruction in modern agricultural systems that might lead to careers, research has indicated that aquaponics can be a valuable educational tool (Hart, 2013). Learning opportunities in aquaponics teach concepts of business management, biology, chemistry, physics, math, and technology (Hart, Webb, & Danylchuk, 2013). An excellent example of science lessons illustrated through aquaponics would include the life cycle of plants and fish. Some studies have indicated that students working with aquaponics systems score higher in math and science because students are more motivated (Aquaponics USA, n.d.).


Mrs. Lindsay Talbott