Commonwealth Charter Academy has opened one of the largest public educational aquaponics facilities in the country.

Aquaponics is growing fish and plants together in one system. Fish are raised and their waste is used as a food source for plants. The plants filter water for the fish. 

The 6,100 square-foot center is located at the cyber charter school’s campus in Harrisburg. 

“I find that aquaponics systems are the future, allowing us to grow large volumes of food in much smaller areas using less water and no soil,” said Nathanial Saxe, a junior at CCA. 

CCA students are managing nearly 3,000 plants and about 400 fish in the facility.