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Here readers will find archived Herring Gut news stories (in-house and press coverage) with accompanying photos. Stories cover many of the programs offered at the center. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact us.

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Herring Gut Learning Center

01/08/2013
How Does Your Kelp Garden Grow?
At Herring Gut Learning Center big projects can come in small packages. Our students have used ten gallon aquariums to grow fish and plants in a symbiotic relationship known as aquaponics (see this article). Now, the same size system is being used in an innovative form of marine aquaculture. Down in Herring Gut's saltwater lab a ten gallon aquarium surrounded by lights and hooked up to a water chiller contains PVC spools wrapped in string, onto which are anchored tiny kelp plants. Kelp aquaculture is the "next frontier" of use of the marine environment. In the United States alone, seaweed is a $1 billion industry with potential for more growth as information about its nutritional value becomes more widespread and it becomes more common in Americans' diets. Read more...


Herring Gut Learning Center

11/19/2012
Herring Gut Learning Center To Host a Holiday Potluck on December 5
Herring Gut Learning Center invites the community to a Holiday Potluck & Open House on Wednesday, December 5 from 4-7 p.m. on the Center's campus at 59 Factory Road in Port Clyde. The event is an opportunity for the community to learn about the Center's hands-on education programs, visit the fish hatchery and greenhouse, and share a meal in celebration of another fantastic year. Visitors are invited to drop by anytime between 4 and 7 p.m. and to bring something to share. Herring Gut will provide fresh tilapia and salad, harvested by students in the School of Roots program. The Open House is free and open to the public; neighbors, families, and friends are encouraged to attend. All ages are welcome. Read more...


Herring Gut Learning Center

10/18/2012
ABC Program Visits Commercial Kelp Nursery
On Monday October 15th, Herring Gut Learning Center's collaboration with the 9th grade high school class "Adventures Beyond the Classroom" kicked off with a visit to Ocean Approved's kelp nursery at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland. The ABC class will be working monthly with Herring Gut educators on projects related to issues in the Gulf of Maine, including growing kelp. In recent years, Maine has developed a reputation as a leader in the burgeoning United States kelp aquaculture industry. Ocean Approved is the first commercial kelp farm in the United States, growing delicious sea vegetables that have more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, and more fiber than brown rice. Read more...


Herring Gut Learning Center

10/04/2012
School of Roots Students Wow Audience at Conservation Fair
On Thursday, September 27th, School of Roots students gave presentations to over 500 elementary school students at the Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District Conservation Fair. SOR students were the only student presenters at the fair and gave presentations on different aquaponics topics. Topics included fish anatomy, the cycle of aquaponics, aquaponics systems, elements important to aquaponics, and water testing. The Herring Gut booth was a hit with the fairgoers and students and teachers alike were impressed with the knowledge and maturity of our students. Congratulations on a job well done! Read more...


Herring Gut Learning Center

09/24/2012
Another Successful Year for First Work Experience
As a beautiful summer comes to a close, so too does Herring Gut's second year of the First Work Experience for young teens. This summer, 20 students from R.S.U. #13 were hired by Herring Gut to maintain the aquaponics greenhouse, grow vegetables in raised bed gardens, run a weekly Community Market, and give public tours of the grounds. For many of these students, it was their first job and an opportunity to learn teamwork, responsibility, and good work habits. Read more...


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