A fresh coat of paint can transform a room–and an aquaponic system! Our team at INMED South Africa recently spruced up 8 grow beds in Randvaal Primary School’s aquaponics system, installed by INMED in 2015. The blue strip is chalkboard paint, so students can write the grow-bed number, the name of the crop and the date planted to keep track of each bed. This will help the children record how long it takes from planting to harvest and compare their findings to the crops grown in their traditional garden. Consistent studies at Randvaal have shown that the aquaponic system produces 3-6 times more crop yield than the traditional method, and its crops are ready for harvest 2 – 3 weeks before those grown in the traditional garden. Aquaponics is a symbiotic combination of fish farming and hydroponics.