CCA Students Make Donation to Feed Local Communities


Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA) students working at AgWorks at CCA, the largest public educational aquaponics facility in the country, recently began donating harvested produce to feed local communities, with 300 leafy-green vegetables being gifted to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

AgWorks at CCA is a living laboratory that provides students with the opportunity to grow and harvest organic fruits, vegetables and herbs. Students also raise and maintain fish such as tilapia, koi and prawn, which play an important role in keeping these plants healthy.

The food grown at the facility is frequently harvested, and many of the recent crops have been donated to feed communities in Pennsylvania.

Most recently, on December 13, members of the CCA staff visited the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to deliver a donation of kale, five star lettuce and butter lettuce. (Pictured above is Brock Shelly, instructional coach at CCA, with Frank Garcia and Ginny Lutkewitte of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.)

“AgWorks at CCA is a student-run lab proudly serving as a community resource,” said Samantha Johnson, director of aquaponics programs at CCA. “Our students not only learn career readiness skills by growing sustainable produce, but they also continue to grow as good stewards of the community by partnering with organizations such as the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to help feed our neighbors.”

The 6,100-square-foot lab, located at the school’s Capital Campus in Harrisburg, was designed to provide students with real-world experiences relevant to a wide range of career fields, such as agriculture, business, technology and more.

About AgWorks at CCA

AgWorks at CCA is an agriculturally focused educational and career-building offering for students at CCA, a Pennsylvania public cyber school serving grades K through 12. To learn more, visit

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