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Ohio Teens Learn Aquaponics in School Greenhouse

Teens and school officials in Ohio have turned an empty greenhouse at Choffin Career and Technical Center into an aquaponics center, where vegetables suspended in water are thriving. Officials believe the facility, in Youngstown, Ohio, is the first aquaponics program in Ohio.

“Next year, we’ll be growing a main crop and finding a market for it,” Sarah Wilhelm, the aquaponics instructor, told Farm and Dairy. Right now 84 plants are growing in the greenhouse. Wilhelm said she is willing to grow whatever local produce the community needs.

Junior aquaponics student Mike Jones harvests green beans from the greenhouse at Choffin Career and Technical Center in Youngstown, Ohio. (Photo by WILL FLANNIGAN, Farm and Dairy)

Junior aquaponics student Mike Jones harvests green beans from the greenhouse at Choffin Career and Technical Center in Youngstown, Ohio. (Photo by WILL FLANNIGAN, Farm and Dairy)

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