This week, we’re featuring a guest post by our colleagues Susan Thompson and Patrick Cychner at Burlington Public Library about their amazing aquaponics program, a great addition to any food literacy program. What is aquaponics, you ask? Read on to learn more!
Interested in starting a similar program? We have an collective purchasing agreement with Lumago for a significant discount.
At Burlington Public Library, we’re giving food away for free.
Our vision is to bring growing and sharing food into the paradigm of library service. To accomplish this, my colleague Patrick Cychner and I received approval to install an indoor garden at the Central branch of Burlington Public Library. We decided that an aquaponic system would be the best way to go. Aquaponic growing combines fish and plants into a symbiotic system: fish waste is converted by bacteria to a form of nitrogen that feeds the growing plants.
Our garden has allowed us to make wonderful connections with our local community. Schools and government officials alike have requested to come see our garden as part of a larger library tour, and the eye-catching installation has initiated countless conversations with members of the public. To help our customers take indoor gardening home, we have developed unique and well-attended programming.