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Westside Elementary gets aquaponic towers

Students at a Houston County elementary school will be the first in Central Georgia to tend to a special type of garden.

It will grow food for 30 people a day and can be controlled by computers.

It's called an aquaponic tower garden.

Westside Elementary is the first school in Central Georgia to have 20 of them that grow kale, cabbage, tomatoes, basil, collard greens, and more.

It's a hands-on science lesson and Westside's next step in becoming STEM certified.

But these towers will also help those who don't always know where their next meal is coming from.

Enough food could be generated to feed approximately 30 people a day, or 32,400 meals a year for neighborhood food banks or to be sold as a fundraiser.

"Production is going to be very rapid and we're going to end up feeding so many people. We're going to end up feeding our community, we're going to end up feeding our students, and it really is such an exciting time," Principal Cynthia Hammond said.

The towers at Westside cost $20,000.

And though the school year is winding down, students volunteers will tend to the garden over the summer.

Americans for Schools, one of the groups that brought them here, says they hope to place them at other schools around Central Georgia.


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