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Originally funded by the Deupree Family Foundation and enhancing hands-on environmental education, ACE has an Aquaponics Garden! The garden may harvest various vegetables and herbs! Visit ACE's Facebook page for more pictures!
TYD students and participants help to plant basil, lettuces, bok choy and other herbs. In about 15 days, the produce is ready to harvest! Aquaponics takes up less space, and uses less water than traditional soil gardening. Yet aquaponics produces organic food very quickly and less expensively as it needs no added fertilizers thanks to the fish. The roots in the water also allows for plants that normally cannot be grown during the summer in Tucson to thrive, such as lettuces.
What is Aquaponics?
Hydroponics is a method to grow plants in water rather than soil. Aquaculture is a method of raising fish. Aquaponics is the combination of both hydroponics and aquaculture in one integrated system that grows fish and plants together.
Schoolyard Water Education Program
Made possible by Watershed Management Group
The "Beautify ACE" project was made possible by the Schoolyard Water Education program through Watershed Management Group (WMG) through a five-year partnership. Students created a rain garden with rainwater harvesting basins on campus and planted desert landscape to attract wildlife such as hummingbirds and butterflies. Students also learned about various water conservation techniques through workshops coordinated and presented on behalf of WMG.
The Schoolyard Water Education Program is integrated into science and environmental education curriculum. On an ongoing basis, staff and students monitor rain harvesting and the wildlife that has been introduced to campus.
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of the rainwater harvesting basins during monsoon!
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