The Aquaponic Source Announces 'Grants for Plants' Gardening Program
Longmont, Colo. —The Aquaponic Source announces their new “Grants for Plants” foundation. The program offers aquaponic gardening grants to help schools place and successfully operate aquaponic systems in their classrooms. Schools can apply for the grants, as well as visit the site for information on additional gardening grant resources, connect with other schools via a forum, and more.
“Having an aquaponic gardening system in the classroom is an exciting benefit for students and teachers alike, and it’s easy to set up and maintain,” explains Sylvia Bernstein, president of The Aquaponic Source and author of the book “Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together” (New Society Publishers, October 2011). “Students will learn a sustainable way to grow food, as well as get a fascinating, hands-on science lesson. They can use that information to then create an aquaponic garden at home, too.”
The mission of the “Grants for Plants” program is to help bring aquaponics to schools as an educational tool, and teach kids more about sustainable food sources. The program raises money to get systems placed into schools, as well as helps educators locate other gardening grants, and is a resource for aquaponics educational materials.
Aquaponics is a gardening technique where raising plants and fish is done symbiotically, with the fish providing nutrients to the plants. The water circulates and is filtered by the plants, creating a clean and self-sufficient system for growing both plants and fish together. The systems can easily be set up and maintained in classrooms, as well as at home and in the office.
“We are happy to be able to provide grants and aquaponic gardening information for teachers and schools.” added Bernstein. “This is a wonderful opportunity for them to introduce something new and exciting to their students. The students will love it and learn a lot in the meantime.”
To learn more about Grants for Plants, visit the site at: grantsforplants.org.
About The Aquaponic Source
The Aquaponic Source is located in Longmont, Colo. It was started by Sylvia Bernstein, an aquaponics expert and author of the award-winning book, Aquaponic Gardening: A Step by Step Guide to Growing Fish and Vegetables Together. The facility offers a retail store and showroom, education center, and a research and development laboratory, as well as information and guidance for aquaponic gardening in the home and at schools. For more information, visit the site at: www.theaquaponicsource.com.