Stones can help south Fulton residents stick to a nutritional plan that includes fresh produce.
Fulton County commissioners recently approved the second phase of a geological agriculture program, at no charge to participants who can learn to grow vegetables in tabletop containers filled with seeds and gravel.
“Phase I of the GeoAg workshop pilot was designed to reduce the impact of food deserts in the county by teaching residents how to grow microgreens and other food items using river rocks,” county spokeswoman April Majors said in a statement.
She said community feedback was positive in the Phase I sites at Oak Hill Child, Adolescent and Family Center, the Wolf Creek branch library and the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Center.
Palmetto-based nonprofit Core2Globe signed a $65,000 contract with the county Oct. 3 to consult on Phase II.
Commissioner Marvin Arrington Jr., who spearheaded the $35,000 Phase I pilot program from July to September, said he is glad the program is growing in his District 5 and in Commissioner Emma Darnell’s District 6.
The county is also making history by establishing an inaugural presence for followers of author Richard C. Campbell’s “River Stones Grow Plants” book.
“Not only are we adding the Southwest Senior Center, the Darnell Senior Multipurpose Center and the Metropolitan library, the Oak Hill facility will be the nation’s first GeoAg Academy where residents can come learn advanced topics in geological agriculture for free,” Arrington said in a statement.
The three new venues will total six workshop locations where gardeners can learn how to reap all-natural harvests of lettuce, beans, cucumbers, peas, tomatoes, squash and more, starting with the complimentary gravel grow cups they receive at the sessions.
Majors said additional aspects offered in Phase II will be an indoor winter gardening program, in which participants will have access to nutrition throughout the colder months, and a plastics-to-produce program, which teaches how to recycle old water bottles into gardens.
Residents must take GeoAg 101 before they can take GeoAg 102 or GeoAg Advanced.
The Metropolitan library will hold GeoAg 101 on Saturdays on Nov. 10, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1, 8 and 15. RSVP at https://bit.ly/2qvTTHl.
The Southeast Senior Center will hold GeoAg 101 on Mondays on Nov. 19, Nov. 26, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17. RSVP at https://bit.ly/2PCm3ij.
The Darnell Senior Center will hold GeoAg 101 on Tuesday, Nov. 13 and Monday, Nov. 26. RSVP at https://bit.ly/2RDt3Zs.
The Bowden Center will hold GeoAg 102 Winter Gardening and Recycled Gardening on Tuesday, Nov. 13 and Mondays on Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. RSVP at https://bit.ly/2Paxmia.
The Wolf Creek library will hold GeoAg 102 Winter Gardening and Recycled Gardening on Saturdays on Nov. 10, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1, 8 and 15. RSVP at https://bit.ly/2D8QLZN.
Oak Hill will hold GeoAg Advanced on Tuesday, Nov. 13 and Mondays on Nov. 19, Dec. 3, 10 and 17. RSVP at https://bit.ly/2F4Sgur.
For more information about geological agriculture, visit Campbell’s company at www.tosoilless.com.