Sustainable Agriculture Education through Aquaponics Ryan Cox, Founder & CEO, HATponics and Mary Klinghard, Director of Education, HATponics HATponics is a Chattanooga-based company focused on global sustainable agricultural solutions for
Sustainable Agriculture Education through Aquaponics
Ryan Cox, Founder & CEO, HATponics and Mary Klinghard, Director of Education, HATponics
HATponics is a Chattanooga-based company focused on global sustainable agricultural solutions for humanitarian aid using Hydroponic, Aquaponic, and Terraponic farming methods. HATponics is the leader in aquaponic farming and sustainable agriculture education in the Southeast and at the forefront of international sustainable agriculture development, with the goal of feeding 20 million people by the year 2020.
In addition, HATponics is dedicated to the advancement of sustainable agriculture and STEM education in school systems throughout Georgia and Tennessee. Working hand-in-hand with educators, HATponics uses aquaculture as an innovative learning tool by providing custom-built aquaculture tanks and grow beds designed specifically for the needs of each school. HATponics also hosts an internship program for high school and college students that offers an intensive course of study in aquaponics and sustainable agriculture.
Currently, HATponics has installed seven sustainable agriculture systems in schools in North Georgia and Chattanooga, and is in the preparatory stage for several more. In 2013, HATponics was nominated for the Technology Association of Georgia’s STEM education award, alongside companies such as IBM, UPS, and Cisco. Four Georgia schools that have worked with HATponics were also nominated, and Rossville Middle School received first place for their wetland rehabilitation project and sustainable catfish farming developed by HATponics. Walker County schools with HATponics agricultural systems have shown a 4-12% increase in End of Course science test scores between 2012 and 2013.
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