African delegates visit South GA farm to learn techniques

African delegates visit South GA farm to learn techniques
The group spent time learning the different technologies, including aeroponics, used to grow different foods. (Source: WALB)
The group spent time learning the different technologies, including aeroponics, used to grow different foods. (Source: WALB)
The African delegates will take their knowledge back home to advance their own developing nations. (Source: WALB)
The African delegates will take their knowledge back home to advance their own developing nations. (Source: WALB)

SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - A feature in one South Georgia city will soon help communities in Africa grow their own food more efficiently.

"It is the most beautiful, little town in the world," said Sam X. White, who was born and raised in Sylvester.

That city's Village Community Garden played host to a group of around 10 African delegates on Wednesday.

They're in an exchange program through the Church of Christ.

"We've come to experience it and take it back so that we too can improve something," said Mercy Fuah, a resident of Ghana.

The group spent time learning the different technologies, including aeroponics, that White, the farm manager, uses to grow different foods.

"It's a great place to bring your youth, to bring their kids to learn about how to grow, how to get their hands in the soil," White explained.

However, the delegates also learned of a new partnership between the garden and Turner Job Corps.

In the near future, 10 or 20 students will join a program to learn different areas of the farm's operation.

"It gives our kids hands-on experience, the experience they need before they go into their work field and they'll understand," said Melvin Drake with Turner Job Corps.

While an exchange program between these students and young people in Africa may not be far off, for now, the African delegates are taking their knowledge of this farm and how to employ students, back home to advance their own developing nations.

"Farming is something our youth are not so interested in," said Kwameh Ansah, another Ghana resident. "I think it will be good to introduce this kind of modern technology of farming to our people."

The garden's founder planned to meet with Turner Job Corps leaders Friday to hammer out some details on that partnership.

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