Garden teaches students and helps school

Published: May. 15, 2018 at 8:51 AM EDT
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

(News 12 this Morning)

Augusta, GA. (WRDW/WAGT) --Recently Burke County adopted a tower garden and since one Davidson Fine Arts School teacher, Carl Hammond Beyer and a few of his students have created a garden of their own. They have already harvested some crops but they hope to soon be able to supply their entire cafeteria with vegetables.

New plants are sprouting at Davidson Fine Arts School.

"We're setting up different growing systems to test the various variables nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are the main ones,” says Carl Hammond Beyer.

He says as the human population continues to expand we need new methods of raising food, "We need new methods of raising our food that decreases transportation time and cost. So this is something that people can have in their backyards and not have to have a 200-acre farm,” Hammond Beyer explains.

Kevin Wang is the brain behind the design. Wang explains that he wanted to build a strong system that could be easily maintained, "It’s set around an A-frame because this makes maintenance very easy. You don't have to bend over to harvest the plants or anything and you can remove them as well. One of the core things I wanted to do with my project was modularity."

Kevin says this system is important because it conserves water and agriculture uses a lot of water.

"You hear about California having droughts and issues with water so as we move into the future we're going to need to be more aware of how we are using water,” says Kevin Wang.

This is just the beginning of the garden at Davidson. Hammond Beyer explains he hopes to continue to grow this garden for years to come, "This is a student-run project so every year or two I need to train new students on how to do it and bring them up to speed and then let them figure out how to make their own mistakes."