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Young people see the changing face of farming

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Janya Green (WALB image) Janya Green (WALB image)
John Green (WALB image) John Green (WALB image)
Aeroponics (WALB image) Aeroponics (WALB image)

High tech farming is making its way to Sylvester, educating young kids about the importance of agriculture in our region. Some say that one aspect of that farming, aeroponics, will change the way you think about farming.

Janya Green is 12 years old.  Ever since she was born she's been fascinated by the gifts from the ground. "Right here are watermelons. Right here, these are banana peppers. These are cucumbers," she said.

It's a passion she shares with her grandfather John L. Green who's been farming all his life. "When I was growing up like her, I was out there chopping cotton, picking cotton, all that," he said.

But his entire view of farming quickly changed when Janya told him about aeroponics. "He basically looked at me like I was crazy and didn't understand what I was saying at all," she said.

But it didn't take long to convince him the benefits of aeroponics. Nutrients and minerals from bins mix together through a hose which is eventually dispersed to the towers.  And on each tower small cups where vegetables are planted.

"Wow. It's amazing what this little area right here can do," said Mr. Green. These towers equate to two and a half acres of land And growing vertically isn't the only thing different about aeroponics.  No soil is required here.

"Inside of here is volcanic ash.  It's basically a sponge-like substance that helps the roots to grow inside of it," said Janya Green.

And in just 21 days these plants will be ready to eat.  Producing tomatoes, greens, and broccoli.

Mr. Green hopes the high tech aspect of this type of farming will spark the interests of younger kids who will have a greater appreciation for produce and may one day pursue a career in agriculture.

Those towers were donated to the Village Community garden from Fort Valley State University as a part of their Jump off STEAAM program.  

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