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We had a great morning visiting with the science teacher of Spanaway Lake High School.  The have recently acquired an aquaponics system and have asked us to help set it up.  We visited their spacious 30'x60' greenhouse.  Lots of room and amenities to allow for a great set up that will be productive and educational.

We initially concluded their out of the box system was going to be inadequate.  They do have a nice 500 gallon tank, and a marginally sufficient bio-filter.  The small raft that came with the system was woefully under-sized.

So, we are going to set them up with a couple of sumps, several large media beds, possibly some towers, as well as probably a heating system for the water.

We will also hopefully get them set up with a good composting and vermiculture program. We will also try to incorporate some of Jeb's deep soil raised beds.

It is an awesome potential for a really great system for the kids and the community to learn about how to grow year-round with an integrated AP / Permaculture system.

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Comment by Rick Stillwagon on November 5, 2012 at 3:07am

We will definitely post pictures when we get started.  Currently, we are working with the CTE to determine the funding available. Then hopefully we will be able to make it happen.

Comment by Roger on November 4, 2012 at 10:31pm

It would be interesting if you posted some pics Rick!

Comment by Eric Warwick on October 20, 2012 at 2:10pm

Nice to see more high schools doing aquaponics!

Comment by Don Stark on October 15, 2012 at 9:06pm

how cool is that... Great Job... Ambassador Stillwagon

Comment by Carey Ma on October 15, 2012 at 6:48pm

Very kewl! Keep up the good work!

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