Sunday, July 10th, Ridgefield CT- The Ridgefield Education Foundation is pleased to announce that Peter Nichols, RHS Biology Department, has received a grant to bring aquaponics to the Ridgefield High School Biology classes for the 2016-2017 School year.  Aquaponics is the process of growing plants and fish in a closed loop system that combines aquaculture and hydroponics.  Mr. Nichols plans to work with a local environmental organization and this project will serve as a demonstration site for aquaponics.  He says, “I am looking forward to having students volunteer to set up, to run, and to trouble shoot as problems arise with the system.”  The project will tie into their Ecology unit and give the students hands on experience caring for a living system. Pam Banks, President of REF, stated, “We are excited to be able to fund such an amazing project. REF is looking forward to following this project and the student’s involvement.”


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Peter Nichols Receives Grant From REF