Octorara Area School District leaders are splashing local headlines with talk of making their already-strong agriculture programs even better by diving into a new aquaponics adventure.
“This will be a step above what other schools are offering to students,” Octorara’s K-12 Program Administrator Lisa McNamara said of partnering with Envista Farms to build a 45,000-square-foot facility on two acres, according to a Lancaster Online report.
The student-professional joint venture would cultivate a symbiotic habitat to grow tilapia and basil that would be sold to grocery stores, like Envista is already doing at Cheyney University.
Students would learn valuable skills by developing business plans and gaining hands-on experience with the entire farm-to-market product cycle.
School leaders are now fleshing out financial details and exploring the feasibility of opportunities like serving the fresh fish and herbs at local cafeterias, creating the new facility as a field trip destination for elementary students and supporting summer jobs.
Read more about the aquaponics proposal on Lancaster Online here.