Today, Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet students can take a class that teachers them to grow vegetables with an aquaponics system, and learn how to cook the vegetables they grow too. This opportunity was made possible thanks to CultivATE, the school’s 2013 Aspen Challenge team. Students secured funding to build a large facility on their campus, and worked with the school to incorporate the system’s operational tasks into curriculum. They sought support from LA City Council in order to bring their ideas to others across the city, garnering attention for the Los Angeles Times. Today, students from the team are continuing their aquaponics interests and pursuing a business idea to reimagine community development through aquaponics.

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