HARPSWELL OCEANIC CENTER member Sue Rich stands with hydroponically grown lettuce produced by students at Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde during a recent visit to the facility.

HARPSWELL OCEANIC CENTER member Sue Rich stands with hydroponically grown lettuce produced by students at Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde during a recent visit to the facility.

BRUNSWICK — Members of a proposed aquaculture facility at Mitchell Field in Harpswell recently visited the Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde to observe educational programs that might fit with the Harpswell operation.

“The visit to (Herring Gut Learning Center) gives us a great insight into the types of programs Harpswell Oceanic Center might be able to offer to the town of Harpswell and surrounding communities,” Harpswell Oceanic Center member Tony Barrett said in a press release.

According to the release, the Port Clyde center works on a model in which seventh and eighth grade students develop a business plan and responsibilities to run the aquaculture facility that produces tilapia and a greenhouse that cultivates lettuce, cilantro and other herbs.

The Port Clyde facility also offers hands-on professional development workshops to teachers and offers work to students during the summer.

To read more about the Harpswell Oceanic Center’s proposed aquaculture facility at Mitchell Field, visit harpswelloceaniccenter.org.

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