Title : Integrated aquaculture in the elementary school curriculum
The combination of aquaculture and hydroponics has found a strong support structurein Tucson, Arizona. Tucson has had the benefit of research professors, Kevin Fitzsimmons and Gene Giacomelli at the University of Arizona. Fitzsimmons championed aquaculture in local high schools and the Future Farmers of America clubs utilized the technology. Giacomelli ran the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center and fostered research in integrating the two systems. Local residents became interested and took up the concept in their backyards. James Ebeling moved to the area and supported local high schools as well as the community outreach programs. This author was involved in all the programs and assisted Ebeling in designing Tucson’s first commercial aquaponics facility as well as its educational outreach program for Tucson Unified School District.