We decided to have a project to go with our stand at our school Winter Festival,, and chose Aquaponics as an interesting and topical way to do waterwise farming. It also teaches learners about the symbiotic relationships that exist between plants and animals.
We invited three schools to take part in this project with us, but only Parkside Primary was able to join us on the day with their projects.
The projects were a great attraction for our stand. The children wanted to see the “fishies” and the adults were intrigued by something they had never seen before. We worked on the miniature scale, with desktop aquaponics and tiny fish, but we did explain how this can be expanded to full-scale commercial farming. Aquaponics is a more sustainable way of producing vegetables, as it uses less water, and the crop often grows quicker than a soil-based crop. Add to this edible fish, and one has an excellent source of food and income.
Umgeni Water very kindly donated prizes for the learners who made the aquaponics projects.
We plan to do a slightly larger Aquaponics project inside our school library for our Grow it Yourself challenge next term.