N.J. high school students hooked on fish-fed vegetable garden

Mike DeNardo
May 31, 2018 - 2:21 pm
Willingboro High School junior Tamia Davidson

Mike DeNardo-KYW Newsradio


WILLINGBORO, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Students at Willingboro High School are trying their hand at growing fish — and plants — at the same time. 

Junior Tamia Davidson on Thursday showed visitors though room 301, the school's aquaponics lab.

The room houses a bubbling 400-gallon tank of water. 

"There's about, like, 60 or 70 tilapia in here," Davidson said. 

Waste from the fish flows into vessels where it fertilizes kale, collard greens and Swiss chard.

"It's like a relationship. They need the fish, and the fish need the plants," Davidson said. 

There are 30 students in the state-funded Making Visions Possible program, said coordinator Gary Nelson.

"They were like: 'What's going on in here?' And then they heard the water running and then they started seeing fish. Once they saw fish, and we gave them the opportunity to feed fish, they were hooked."

The students, that is.

The first crop of plants was used to make organic smoothies, and the students eventually hope to sell their all-natural fish and produce.