Inner-City Aquaponics adding $80,000 catfish hatchery in Rossville
Walker County and city of Rossville leaders met on a drizzly Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 2, to celebrate the success and upcoming expansion of Inner-City Aquaponics, a modern urban farm venture which started up its pumps behind the old Rossville High School in May of this year.
Since that time, the old school field at 2 Bulldog Drive has seen dozens of volunteers come to help the farm, which grows seafood and vegetables together for maximum nutrition and efficiency, to get up and running and to establish a name for itself in the community.
In just five months, Inner-City Aquaponics and its owner, Ryan Cox, have already partnered with numerous schools in and around the Rossville area and are now in the process of adding a new $80,000 installation.
Students from Ridgeland High School’s Future Farmers of America club got out of classes for the afternoon to help celebrate at the farm, where many will be working and volunteering over the course of the year. Cox has established programs with Ridgeland High and other area schools to grow worms, vegetables and produce in a cooperative effort, which he hopes will provide job training for students' future careers in agriculture.
“You’ll have a premiere aquaculture program unlike any other in the country,” Cox told the students.
The high-schoolers toured the site of a future 5,000-gallon catfish hatchery, which Cox pledged to start excavating the very next day. The 250-foot-by-20-foot tank will be used exclusively for the breeding of catfish and will be seeded with 36 breeding pairs.
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