Humboldt State University students from the Department of Fisheries Biology are teaming up with the students of Arcata High to build and maintain an aquaponics system in their greenhouse on the high school campus. Through aquaculture, the high school students will raise edible fish as part of a hydroponics system that will grow vegetables without soil. Aquaponics involves feeding fish and using their waste-water as a plant nutrient solution. The water is then recycled back to the fish once it passes through a treatment system. A well-functioning aquaponics system can produce a generation of fish every nine months and a vegetable harvest every three months.
HSU student, Josh Cahill reached out to Northcoast Horticulture Supply requesting assistance with acquiring a list of supplies for the aquaponic garden project at Arcata High School. NHS believes in giving back to the community, especially when it comes to supporting educational projects that teach students about horticulture and aquaponics. NHS was able to provide HSU students with a submersible water pump, filters, air stones, Dolomite Lime, Liquinox Iron and Perlite NorCal. Humboldt Wholesale also donated a large bag of coconut fiber to the aquaponics project.
Photo: HSU Department of Fisheries Biology students Ely Boone, Ashley Kay, Thomas McBrinn, Lloyd Petrungaro and Josh Cahill.
Here’s a couple of photos of the construction of the greenhouse on the Arcata High School campus. Northcoast Horticulture Supply is looking forward to checking back in with the University and High School students as their aquaponics project progresses.
Students build a greenhouse