HATponics, a Chattanooga-based sustainable agriculture company, is installing a brand new aquaponics growing system at Orange Grove Center on Thursday 2 p.m. The system will be located in the Center’s cafeteria at 615 Derby Street.
Lori Cleveland, an education teacher at Orchard Knob Elementary, purchased a residential aquaponics system with the help of a grant from Junior League of Chattanooga. Her purchase made it possible for HATponics to donate the system to Orange Grove.
The aquaponic garden will introduce individuals to science and agriculture, as well as healthy and well-rounded diets, inclusive of nutritious fruits, vegetables and fish. The Center hopes this system will have many benefits for its individuals. Therapists will be able to teach job skills related to gardening and engineering, as well as offering a peaceful source of relaxation.
For each deluxe residential system purchased, HATponics has pledged to donate a basic system to a family or organization in need.