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RCC Opens Aquaponics Lab for Tours May 15 and 16

ASHEBORO (May 9, 2014)

RCC students in the aquaponics lab.
RCC students Jose Badillo (from left), Connor Bryant, and Kylar Martin have fun while displaying some of the aquaponics lab equipment while biology instructor Lisa Paciulli looks on.

Randolph Community College will be offering tours of its new aquaponics system May 15 and 16 as part of the Tour de Tanks initiative sponsored by The Aquaponics Association. Each year, many of The Aquaponics Association’s members across the country offer tours of their thriving aquaponics systems. This exciting event is an excellent opportunity for local communities to learn about aquaponic food production and the wide spectrum of aquaponics systems, from counter top to commercial production, said Bryan Marbert, department chair for sciences, health and physical education at RCC.
Aquaponics is quickly becoming a staple for food production in many communities worldwide, according to Marbert. The integration of aquaculture (fish production) and hydroponics (the soilless growing of plants) into one system allows for production of a multitude of fish, fruit and vegetables on a small or large scale year round. Both components of the system complement each other with the fish waste providing an organic food source for the growing plants and the plants acting as a natural filter for the water the fish live in. In combining both systems, aquaponics capitalizes on the benefits of each organism and eliminates their drawbacks. 
Those interested can visit the aquaponics lab located in the Health and Science Center on RCC’s Asheboro Campus between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, May 15 and 16. This event is open to everyone and is an excellent opportunity to learn about aquaponics and the science courses at RCC.
Please contact Kevin Jones, Department of Science lab facilitator, at 336-633-0232 or for more details or to schedule a tour.