Sabinal High students build hydroponic, aquaponic systems

Melissa Federspill

Staff writer

Inside the classroom of Sophie Hayhurst’s horticulture science class at Sabinal High School on a recent cloudy fall morning, a group of about 16 students in grades 10 through 12 enthusiastically awaited their instructions for the day so they could be released outside to check on their plants, and make any tweaks to their aquaponic and hydroponic projects.

Getting out of the classroom and feeding the fish was the priority of one student, whose aquaponics project includes growing sugar snap peas, cilantro and tomatoes, whose nutrients come from the waste created by about 150 goldfish.

Hayhurst said she’s excited about the sugar snap peas because it’s a new food item for many of the students, and they will be able to taste them right from the vine.

Another student was tasked with watering their seedlings in the greenhouse, where the students are growing herbs and vegetables to be sold at the upcoming Sabinal Lions Club Fall Festival.

Some were in the workshop adjacent to the classroom working on repairing a leak in the student designed, student constructed aquaponics project.


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