AUGUSTA, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Two Augusta High School freshmen are embarking on an experiment where agriculture meets science. Using an aquaculture tank in the school’s greenhouse, the students will be raising 25 tilapia fish and fresh veggies in a hydroponic garden.
The unique project will be part of the girls’ supervised agriculture experience, which is required for all members of the Future Farmers of America Organization.
In a symbiotic relationship the fish and the plants will be raised without herbicides or pesticides.
Camryn Kirkham, Augusta High School freshman said, “It filters out all the waste and then it goes through a good bacteria cycle which then follows this track, and it fertilizes the plants using the fishes waste and then it filters it back into the tank so it’s a continuous cycle.”
“I think this is a really efficient method for raising plants off of another animal,” said Audra Sandberg, Augusta High School freshman.
At the end of the year, the two plans to eat what they’ve raised.