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Quincy students participate in aquaponics farm to cafeteria program

Posted: 5:38 PM, Jan 09, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-09 17:38:25-05

QUINCY, Fla. (WTXL) — Fifth graders in Quincy got a lesson in farming Thursday.

Look at those hands fly up! The fifth graders at Stewart Street Elementary in Quincy are learning about the future of farming.

The students spent fall semester outside in the greenhouse. That's where they learned about aquaponics, which is a system that uses fish and water to grow plants.

Part of this curriculum focuses on access to healthier foods and eliminating food desserts. Plus it gives the kids a chance to learn outside of the classroom.

"The plants and the fish have a symbiotic relationship," said Amya Burns, a 5th grader at Stewart Street Elementary.

This process began back in the fall. Today the students harvested their kale, lettuce and beets.

Here's the best part: Friday, they'll eat all of that food in the cafeteria for lunch.