Farm to table is a familiar concept, but school to table is having an impact as high school aquaponics on display are educating the public about growing food and raising fish.
At Steelton-Highspire High School, a new demonstration program for aquaponics has students growing and selling vegetables to local restaurants, and raising fish. Students are presenting public demonstrations of how aquaponics work, and are involved in the business of selling the produce as well.
WheelHouse is the public/private partnership program coordinated by Bob Welsh with the non profit Jump Street in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. They built a greenhouse at Steelton-Highspire, and offers an apprenticeship program with dual credit at Harrisburg University. Presently, 14 students are enrolled in the apprenticeship program, and ten took the dual enrollment courses last year.
According to Welsh, next year the program will expand to K-12 in Steelton Highspire. Wheelhouse also has other aquaponics programs and apprenticeship opportunities.