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Garden Club Creates Self-Contained Sustainable Hydroponic Farm

When it was time to harvest the multiple varieties of leafy greens, students in the garden club didn’t have to leave the classroom. That’s because they created an entirely self-contained hydroponic system. A fish tank feeds nutrient rich water to the plants, while the plant roots filter the water. The club is learning about alternative growing methods for produce (no soil/vertical/using animals/etc). “If we can close the loop, animal waste is plant fertilizer that then the animals can eat (and over again), that is the ultimate goal for sustainable farming,” said club advisor and Science and Sustainability Director Melissa Symington.