WHEATFIELD | Northwest Indiana might seem an unlikely place for growing some of the country’s favorite seafood. However, the students in the Environmental Club at St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point became the first school group to visit a new indoor shrimp farm located Wheatfield.
Family-owned by the Tysen family, JT Shrimp has just started raising shrimp in a large building on the farm. Heaters, fans and water pumps hum loudly and keep the room, which houses nine pools, at a balmy 93 degrees.
Students learned that shrimp is one of the highest-consumed seafood products in the U.S. and were interested to learn about the farm's environmentally sustainable efforts by recycling the water in the tanks.
Science teacher Rachel Baker taught the group that much of food eaten in the Midwest travels as much as 1,800 miles to reach our tables.
Hannah Schneider, fourth grade, was surprised that shrimp could be raised on a farm, while another fourth-grader, Madalyn Molnar was surprised that a shrimp's mouth is really near its belly. Seventh-grader Joey Lukas was impressed to learn that more than 7,000 shrimp can thrive in one pool.
The students did not leave with any free samples, but departed with plenty of knowledge.