There’s something special in the water

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February 11, 2019 - 10:01 AM

MORAN — It’s a freezing drizzly day, where nearly a dozen high school students have installed a 650-gallon aquaponics system inside their greenhouse.

The idea stemmed from an FFA speech given by Katelynn Morgan a year ago for competition. In the process of researching the topic and putting her speech together, Morgan caught the bug for aquaponics — the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. Morgan shared her desire with agriculture instructor Jacque Gabbert at Marmaton Valley High School. With Gabbert’s encouragement, Morgan shared her findings with her classmates.

Gabbert also requested a grant from Kansas Department of Education that used unspent Perkins grant funds to purchase and maintain the system.

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