Ledyard farm stand using fish to fetilize crops

(WTNH/Tina Detelj)

LEDYARD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Ledyard farm stand is going even ‘greener’ by using fish to fertilize its

The vegetable and fruit stand, which is run by ARC of New London County, is using 37 bluegill fish to provide fertilizer for several different types of crops through a technology process called aquaponics.

“All the solid matter turns into the nutrients the plants need,” said. Kathleen Staufee of ARC of New London County

“We’re responsible for training people with intellectual and development disabilities vocational skills, setting people up for success in the workplace and we thought this was a really important technology, an emerging technology,” said Staufee. “We thought people might have better opportunities if they were coming out if vocational training with some cutting edge skills and skills that are good for the environment.”

In addition to the locally grown crops, baked goods made by ARC clients at their bakery are also for sale at the Route 117 farm stand.

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