Radio story on aquaculture at a Milwaukee public school

Our local public radio station WUWM 89.9 FM had a great story this Friday morning about the aquaculture-bearing greenhouse at Fernwood Montessori School here on Milwaukee’s south side. The full text of the story is on the web site, along with the audio and some pictures from the greenhouse. Thanks to Susan Bence and WUWM for putting together such a fine story!

If you’re wondering what aquaculture is, please look at Milwaukee’s own Growing Power. The system at Fernwood is based on Will Allen’s system at Growing Power. There’s also a larger Wikipedia entry on the topic.

I had the pleasure of touring the facility and meeting the greenhouse instructor Matt Ray a few weeks ago after one of our Anodyne Moments. It’s wonderful to have this in a Milwaukee public school, and I’m glad word is getting out. We do need to have more hands-on agri/aquaculture in Milwaukee schools. As Matt said, “Give the kids twenty minutes in the greenhouse each day, and you can throw the Ritalin away.” Be it the large fish or the good food crops that they grow, or the two giant slimy bullfrogs that live there, I know the kids must love it. Quite simply, we need much more of this kind of healing, truly life-affirming experience to be available in our schools.


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.