Leilehua High School FFA expands aquaponics program

The FFA Chapter at Leilehua High School is in the process of expanding their hydroponics system on campus. Monsanto Hawaii is proud to be helping them in this effort.

Currently, the school’s hydroponics system is enabling students to grow a variety of leafy greens – Manoa lettuce, romaine lettuce, anuenue lettuce, pak choi, bok choi, Japanese cucumber and soy beans – which they can sell to the community and take home.

The FFA group is now looking to establish an aquaponic green house, which will include three 80 gallon tanks to raise at least 100 golden tilapia. This project will enable students to expand their understanding about different types of pH, as well as proper living conditions for their crop as well as their fish. This program will also provide opportunities for students to network with industry professionals and restaurant owners interested in using their products.

Leilehua’s FFA Chapter conducts a number of school and community service projects. They fundraise by selling their produce at the local farmers market on a weekly basis, and  compete in district and state level competitions. In the past three years, the program has grown from 87 students to 187 participating in the school’s FFA program.

Monsanto Hawaii has been a strong supporter of FFA chapters in Hawaii. To date, our company has contributed $32,800 in financial assistance to various FFA chapters in Hawaii. These monies have been used to build aquaponic/hydroponic systems, fund equipment and supplies for school gardens, and purchase feed for an animal husbandry program.