HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – Westside Elementary School has received 20 Tower Gardens to grow organic food on the campus using a vertical aeroponic system. On May 14 at 10:00 a.m., Principal Dr. Cynthia Hammond and Superintendent Dr. Robin Hines will “plant” the first seeds in the towers.
This science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiative grows plants from seeds using water and nutrients. Soil, pesticides and light are not required. Each compact tower can grow as many as 44 plants in about 30 days. The farm can produce a variety of vegetables and fruits such as raspberries, tomatoes, cabbage, basil and cilantro.
IMPACTorg and Americans for Schools are partnering to provide Westside with the Tower Gardens as a pilot program. If all goes well, all 38 Houston County schools will be offered similar aeroponic or aquaponic farm systems.