Ann Gillespie, a research specialist at Fort Valley State University, shows participants of anaquaponics workshop tilapia in a large tank where plants also grow above the water. The freeworkshop was on campus May 5.
Workshop participants fish for new agriculture method
Ayanna McPhail, publications writer/ editor05 May 2009
Fort Valley, Ga. -
A curious bunch that visited Fort Valley State University on May 5 wanted toknow more about raising fish and veggies in a tank at the same time.Justin Huff of Perry said he wasn’t disappointed at the afternoon Introduction to Aquaponicsworkshop held in the O’Neal Veterinary
Science Building. It was online that he learned about theconcept of aquaponics – where fish are held in recirculating aquaculture systems and their wasteis used to grow plants in connected systems. Fish waste is transformed by bacteria into nutrientswhich fertilize the plants.“It was like catfish in a barrel, that’s insane,” Huff explained his reaction after seeing a techniquementioned on a survivalist blog. “But, I was sitting at my computer and decided to google it andaquaponics showed up.”He was eventually led to Fort Valley State’s Web site that mentioned an upcoming four-hourworkshop.