STEM Education at Play
STATE OF THE ART AQUAPONICS - STEM EDUCATION AT PLAY
PLEASE JOIN US AT SOUTH BAY JUNIOR ACADEMY IN TORRANCE, CA
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 AT 9:30 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TORRANCE, CA - February 20, 2018, South Bay Junior Academy in Torrance, CA was honored to be the recipients of the City of Torrance Green Award when we created our sustainable garden in December, 2015. We were awarded the Be Water Wise grant, Orchard Supply Hardware Community grant and the Health Ade grant through the Whole Foods Foundation.
Now the latest edition to our sustainability efforts is a state-of-the-art aquaponic system. Not only is it a beautiful water feature on our campus offering serenity and calm, but it also serves as living water for the vegetables that will grow in the vertical tower garden adjacent to the pond. The fish in the pond naturally fertilize the tower through the excrement pumped into the reservoir. This eliminates the need to use synthetic based or mineral fertilizer products and offers a pesticide and herbicide free environment in which to grow our crops.
It provides a main water source for bees and butterflies that pollinate the plant life on our campus and neighboring community. Without pollinators, we have no plant life. Without plant life, we have no human life. It is that simple.
The aquaponic system has another benefit as well. It reduces water consumption by 95% when growing and harvesting plants and it isn’t too bad to look at either!
South Bay Junior Academy, along with the help of our friends and experts, Mike Garcia, owner of EnviroscapeLA and Brandy Williams, owner of Garden Butterfly LA are helping to create and revolutionize the sustainability movement in the greater South Bay area and could not be happier to bring this aesthetically pleasing and scientific center to our students, school, and community.
Join us Friday, February 23rd at 9:30 AM at 4400 Del Amo Blvd. in Torrance, CA for the dedication of our aquaponic system, and meet with experts Mike Garcia and Brandy Williams.
Established in 1964, South Bay Junior Academy is a non-profit, private school located in Torrance, CA serving students Kindergarten through Eighth grade. The teaching philosophy focuses on teaching to the whole child with a vision of educating students to be spiritual seekers, body honoring individuals, justice embracing and academic life long learners. We have a diverse student population and value academics along with strong character development.
Francey K. Marzicola
South Bay Junior Academy | Director of Development
USC | Marshall School of Business | Master's Degree