Toombs County High
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Address: 600 Bulldog Road Lyons, Georgia 30436
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Students Enjoy “Farm to School” at TCHS
Students at Toombs County High School recently were able to enjoy lettuce varieties grown by students in Agriculture Classes as a part of their school lunch program. Toombs County Agriculture Students are learning new and innovative technologies along with traditional methods of growing plants using the “Tower Garden”
The “Tower Garden” was founded by Tim Blank who was Greenhouse Manager for Epcot’s cutting-edge agricultural display until 2005. He left and founded Future Growing with the dream that someday everybody on the planet would have access to healthy food in their own home and local community. Toombs County Agriculture Teachers discovered the Tower Garden at a continuing education class for Agriculture teachers last year in January and wanted to introduce new ways to grow plants to its students. “We realize that as farmland shrinks through urban sprawl we need to be able to grow our food with new and innovative methods,” state's Agriculture Teachers, Mark Montfort and Joey Montford. Most of the students we teach now are far removed from the family farm and so this is an opportunity for them to learn to grow crops without having large amounts of land. Its an exciting concept that is now being implemented in larger cities where land is a premium.
The “Tower Garden” uses aeroponics and a specially formulated mineral blend plant food, that grows almost any vegetable, herb, or flower—and many fruits—in less time than it takes in soil. Recent studies have shown Tower Garden to generate up to 30% more produce compared to traditional soil gardening during the same time period.
Agriculture students at Toombs County High started three varieties of lettuce seedlings on the first day of school. Each day plants were observed for insects and disease prevention and PH of mineral solution was checked weekly for proper growing levels. The lettuce was harvested on Day 35 and served to students and teachers. The salads received rave reviews and the students who grew the lettuce were able to experience first hand growing a crop from “Farm to Table”. Over 100 salads were served from the first crop and the second crop is coming along.
For more information about Agriculture Education at Toombs County Schools contact Agriculture Teachers Mark Montfort and Joey Montford at Toombs County High School or Callen Bethea at Toombs County Middle School.
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through Agricultural Education.