Aeroponic Tower Garden - Texans Can Academy - Fort
Texans Can Academy - Fort Worth Westcreek joined with Fit and Faithful Living to teach the students about aeroponic systems. Students recently built an aeroponic vertical tower garden and planted fresh herbs and vegetables. The garden is currently in their school where students can watch the progress of the growing herbs and vegetables.
Aeroponics allows plants, with the absence of soil, to be nourished and watered with a system built into the tower and through the suspended roots, allowing for more oxygen and nutrient intake through the plant roots, limiting disease and pathogens for higher density growing, and reducing waste by recycling water. Tower gardens can grow up to 20 vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers in less than three square feet in both indoor and outdoor environments.
Fit and Faithful is a local nonprofit organization and aims to educate and encourage individuals to adopt a healthy lifestyle. They aim to expand the use of tower gardens in home and schools throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area in order for them to produce healthy and fresh food.
Texans Can Academies focuses on the needs of their students both in and out of the classroom and educates them in a holistic way, including wellness education. Their goal for graduating students is to provide the skills and options for a strong career path and higher education along with providing opportunities to learn life skills for responsible and healthy living that their students otherwise would not have. Texans Can Academies strives to be a value-added organization through partnerships like this with outside organizations.
Texans Can Academies graduate thinkers and offer students, aged 14 to 21, who have struggled in a traditional high school setting a second chance at earning their high school diploma instead of a General Education Development (GED). Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 14 charter schools located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. The schools are tuition-free, open enrollment, public high schools of choice serving students who have struggles in a traditional high school setting. For more information, please visit www.texanscan.org.