Last week students from the IDEA Public Charter School Garden Club presented the plan to turn a school parking lot into a pollinator garden. The pollinator garden will prevent city water from flowing into the Anacostia River. William explained that the students want to be able to swim by Kingman Island on the River, but currently the water isn’t clean enough.
Chris explained how a pollinator garden improves the watershed by spreading more plants in the neighborhood that serve as a filter to dirty street water flowing into the river.
Local DC coyote fur!
Jared, Chris and William won $400 for their presentation!
We told the bus driver to head straight to the MGM casino so we could double our prize!
Local DC food advocates are holding a Candidates Food Forum next week on Wednesday May 15th to hear from DC Council At Large Candidates on food policy issues.
The forum is sold out, and has a waitlist so the DC Food Policy Council will be hosting a watch party for the livestream of the event. Bring a snack for yourself, or to share for a potluck, and join us to watch the forum!
Wednesday, May 15th, 6:30 to 8:30pm
1100 4th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
The Candidates’ Food Forum will bring together candidates for city-wide Council seats to share their ideas and positions on DC food system issues. Candidates will answer questions about food justice and health equity; school food and nutrition; urban agriculture; economic development and more.
James and William are retro-fitting an existing aquaponic system to improve water flow in the media bed. Without the extended pipes, one side of the bed would not have adequate water circulation. This could lead to poor water conditions.
In the background we see a hydroponic media bed already growing large amounts of basil and tomatoes. This is because we are still far from an adequate stock of fish to produce enough waste/fertilizer in the aquaponic system, whereas in hydroponics the appropriate nutrients can be dosed immediately.
In the hydroponic system, James’ and William’s improved water circulation is not as important because there is not nearly as much organic material to risk foul conditions. It’s important to understand the trade-offs between aquaponics, hydroponics, traditional soil agriculture, and other growing methods.
For IDEA Public Charter School, the aquaponic system is an invaluable STEM education tool to teach students about the ecosystem of fish, plants and bacteria. But it is important to note that depending on circumstances, aquaponics is not the answer for every growing situation.
A 15-gram goldfish named Jay Wright is the first resident of the Georgetown University Maker Hub aquaponic system.
Sarah is the manager of this system. Woohoo great work Sarah! But she says she will change Jay’s name 🙁
We were very excited to kick off the growing season on the Cultivate the City rooftop last week. Time to get planting!
Here’s a pic of some youngsters with the Hootie 2.0 at the Rooting DC Info Fair
And here is the Anacostia Aquaponics 2018 Rooting DC Powerpoint Presentation.
What: Rooting DC Urban Agriculture Expo
When: Saturday, March 3, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Where: Wilson HS, 3950 Chesapeake St NW, Washington, DC
Why: Sustaining a happy life on Earth!
Anacostia Aquaponics will have our Hootie 2.0 Indoor Aquaponic System set up and running in the Vendor Showroom, goldfish and all. [Barring any technical catastrophes]
Anacostia Aquaponics Director Brian Filipowich will present “Aquaponics in Washington DC” at 10:00am in Room 205. There are many many GREAT presentations all day long! See Rooting DC Schedule
It’s always a great time, and there’s lots of foodtrucks, hope to see you there!
Last week we challenged the IDEA PCS garden club students:
If you can move this entire aquaponic system upstairs to the green room during your 1-hour lunch break, we upgrade to pizza for lunch next week. By the way: all the fish have to survive the move; the system has to be back up and running; and you have to move all the water too (we wouldn’t want to shock our bacteria with new water!)
The students succeeded, great teamwork.
Now onto the next goal: grow $200 of produce with this same aquaponic system by the end of the school year… we’re gonna need some bigger fishies than these goldfish, not to be koi 😉 [foreshadowing]
Meadow Park Middle School presented at the Aquaponics Association’s “Putting Down Roots” conference… and they have received the attention of NASA!
See the video here: https://vimeo.com/253348616