Students are getting their hands in the dirt with a new green initiative.
 
Lamont High’s Green Team and LINKS students have been running an aquaponics farm over the last year to learn about food production and the growing process.
 
“The essence of this project is to ensure that we’ve got our kids learning about how to be environmentally sound in their practice,” said Amit Mali, principal of Lamont High.
 
The system uses the relationship between fish and plants to its advantage. Nitrates are produced from fish by-products to fertilize the growing plants. Clean water is then cycled back into the 80-litre tanks, one with 15 goldfish and the other with planting containers.
 
“It’s unique to our building and it’s something that a lot of different students are able to have a hand in so it’s not just one certain group of kids that’s benefiting from it.”
 
The farm teaches valuable life lessons and produces swiss chard, lettuce, kale and herbs which are used in culinary arts classes.
 
The school hopes to build on the farm with different types of produce in the future.

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