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Georgia Organics Conference 2009

 

(Text courtesy of GeorgiaOrganics.org)

Georgia Organics 12th Annual Conference and Trade Show

With more than 1,100 attendees, the Georgia Organics 12th Annual Conference and Trade Show was the largest in Georgia Organics history, demonstrating the growth of the good food movement in the South.
Held March 20-21 at Agnes Scott College, the conference saw two days of sustainable local farm tours, panel discussions, and in-depth workshops on subjects ranging from the science of composting with worms to food security, and culminated with the keynote speech of best-selling author Michael Pollan, who charged attendees to take advantage of the openness of the Obama Administration and push for meaningful, lasting agriculture reform.

 

Georgia Organics 12th Annual Conference and Trade Show Georgia Organics 12th Annual Conference and Trade Show


“Obama did not run on a platform of reforming food and agriculture, yet, I would argue he will have to tackle this issue sooner or later,” Pollan said. “Why? Unless he does, it will be impossible to make any progress on three of the issues he did run on: Energy independence. Climate change. The healthcare crisis. Why? Because the way we’re feeding ourselves is at the heart of all three problems.”
Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, called for a new approach for the country’s agriculture industry, one that would link health, local economies, and food production for the first time.

“Here’s the core idea: we need to wean the American food system off its heavy 20th century diet of fossil fuels and put it back on a diet of contemporary sunshine. To the extent that we do that – at the level of policy and at the level of shopping for dinner – it diminishes the fossil fuel in our diet,” Pollan said. “This is easier said than done and will require changes at every link in the food chain: in the field, in the marketplace, and in the culture.”

Atlantis staffers had an amazing time attending the conference and educating people from their booth on the many benefits of growing hydroponically. It is great to see thousands of people come together to support the local food movement. We are looking forward to 2010!


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Ms. Hubbard's Class


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East Atlanta Kid's Club Goes Hydro!


The Brownwood Rec Center, a City of Atlanta Bureau of Recreation facility, is starting the first ever Atlanta area program that teaches kids to learn the benefits of entrepreneurship and hydroponics. Atlantis Hydro's finest, Johnathon Tescher, and some very dedicated youth are out to prove the profitable and economical benefits to growing hydroponically. The objective is for the youth to organically grow, market, and sell their produce. Since hydro is much more successful than soil these kids are up and running and on their way to success.

We donated a complete indoor garden system for the center; a 4 x 4 Tray w/ Stand, 70 Gallon Reservior, and a 400 watt MH System. We are using Botanicare nutrients and have successfully sprouted Arugula and Basil for our first harvest. The team will be responsible for all aspects of the project, from growing to packaging. Harvesting fresh, organic produce and culinary herbs for local restaurants is easy and consistent using hydroponics, even in the winter! With a little sales, local business owners and consumers are sure to be won over by these soon-to-be business savvy kids.

 

System: 4 x 4 Flood and Drain

Media: Hydroton in Square pots

Light System: 400 watt MH w/ Sunmaster Cool bulb

Nutrients: Botanicare Pure Blend Pro Grow, Cal Mag, Subculture

System: General Hydroponics Bucket System (Drip/Top Feed)

Media: Coco block and Hydroton mix

 

 

Timeline from starting seeds to harvest:

  First Seed Sprout: Mid-January
The seeds have begun to sprout and are nearing time to plant.
 

First Planting: February 1st
The kids club and the teen club collaborated to make this quite an event. Go team!
 

  Week 2 : February 6th
The plants look Healthy! Added new nutrients, checked the pH... we are almost there.
 
 

Week 6: March 6th First Harvest!
The Arugula is being harvested and the basil seedlings that we planted are well on their way.

The teen club hustled their a bit of first crop and came back with $28, a large cheese pizza, a 2 transplanted strawberry plants!!

 
 
UPDATE :: The teen club was successful! Although the operation is now over, for a solid year The Teen Club was supplying East Atlanta Thai and Sushi, La Casita, and other East Atlanta restaurants with delicious, organic, hydroponic basil and earning money!

 


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High Meadows Hydroponics

Our gardening involvement with High Meadows and teacher-extraordinare Chris Robie was a beautiful one. We shared a bit of our knowledge and they ran with it... all the way to their table!

The High Meadows Vision Statement is:

  • to be a highly sought after, globally-focused, progressive educational environment that embraces a diverse community
  • to be recognized for outstanding programs, faculty, and facilities
  • to be valued and generously supported by our immediate and extended community all of which enable our mission.
High Meadows School
Atlantis Hydroponics Visits High Meadows School
Atlantis Hydroponics Teaches Students at High Meadows School about Hydroponic Gardening
Atlantis Hydroponics Teaches Students at High Meadows School about Hydroponic Gardening

 

We took a trip to High Meadows school with the knowledgable David Kessler to do some demonstrations on hydroponics, grow mediums, and growing 101.

Atlantis Hydroponics Teaches Students at High Meadows School about Hydroponic Gardening
Atlantis Hydroponics Teaches Students at High Meadows School about Hydroponic Gardening
Atlantis Hydroponics Teaches Students at High Meadows School about Hydroponic Gardening
Atlantis Hydroponics Teaches Students at High Meadows School about Hydroponic Gardening

We taught classes and showed them the ropes in the hopes that their own hydroponic growing experiments would be successful.

Atlantis Hydroponics Teaches Students at High Meadows School about Hydroponic Gardening
Atlantis Hydroponics Teaches Students at High Meadows School about Hydroponic Gardening
Atlantis Hydroponics Teaches Students at High Meadows School about Hydroponic Gardening
Atlantis Hydroponics Teaches Students at High Meadows School about Hydroponic Gardening

The students at High Meadows are bright and eager to learn, they picked up the information like sponges!

Atlantis Hydroponics Teaches Students at High Meadows School about Hydroponic Gardening
Atlantis Hydroponics Teaches Students at High Meadows School about Hydroponic Gardening
Atlantis Hydroponics Teaches Students at High Meadows School about Hydroponic Gardening
Atlantis Hydroponics Teaches Students at High Meadows School about Hydroponic Gardening

Just a few weeks later using a 4 x 4 system and a 400 watt light, they harvested enough to make salads for the whole class!


For more information on High Meadows School, visit http://www.highmeadows.org. Contact us at info@atlantishydroponics.com or 1-888-305-4450 for more information on hydroponics education in schools.


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Benjamin E. Mays High School Hydroponics

Atlantis Hydroponics’ David Kessler traveled to Benjamin E. Mays High School to educate students about hydroponics and aquaponics. The Engineering Team at the high school used their knowledge to conduct an award winning Hydroponics and Aquaponics science fair experiment.

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David Kessler gave the students demonstrations on hydroponics and helped them set up their own hydroponics and aquaponics gardens.

Atlantis Hydroponics Science Fair Experiment and Community Outreach
Atlantis Hydroponics Science Fair Experiment and Community Outreach
Atlantis Hydroponics Science Fair Experiment and Community Outreach Atlantis Hydroponics Science Fair Experiment and Community Outreach

The students' research and findings led them to the world’s biggest science fair: The 2011 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, CA where they earned 4th place! The team also took home the Gold Medal and Grand Prize at the Atlanta Public Schools Science fair!

"The Benjamin E. Mays High School Engineering Team wants to thank David and Atlantis Hydroponics for their contributions and assistance in helping us develop productive aquaponics and hydroponics systems. Thanks to your help we've gone to win 4th place in Environmental Sciences in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
Thanks,
-Quantavious Griggs
Captain of the Engineering Team at Mays High


P.S. In the near future I will be visiting Atlantis Hydroponics for assistance and to purchase products to assist me in the continuation of this project."

To read more about Benjamin E. Mays High School's journey to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, check out this article by the Michigan Tech News! Contact us at info@atlantishydroponics.com for more information on hydroponics education in schools.


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McEachern High School Hydroponics Garden

After having supplied several Cobb County teachers with independent hydroponics and other types of gardening projects, Atlantis began working with McEachern High School. In the fall of 203, Atlantis helped McEachern compose a STEM Grant application and provided consultation to help them achieve their goals, which included rehabilitating an existing greenhouse on campus that had fallen into disrepair. Congratulations to McEachern on being awarded the STEM grant!

After receiving the STEM grant, Atlantis continued to help providing logistical support of sourcing, delivery, and set-up of all hydroponic gardening systems and materials to fulfill their goals. Atlantis continues to provide ongoing training to students and faculty on how to properly use the equipment and how to best utilize their greenhouse. We have enjoyed working with the students and faculty at McEachern - they are all well on their way to becoming great gardeners!

 

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Kennesaw State University's Greenhouse Garden

Kennesaw State University's greenhouse garden.

Kennesaw State University's Greenhouse Tomatoes

Greenhouse Garden String Supports

Wheat Grass Tower


For more information on KSU, visit . Contact us at info@atlantishydroponics.com or 1-888-305-4450 for more information on hydroponics education in schools.


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