The Baldwin Grows Learning Garden initiative continues to grow as innovative strides towards expanding the garden continue to be implemented. The garden is located on the campus of Baldwin High School and provides students with hands-on agricultural learning experiences.
Hannah Solar has donated three solar panels to support the Baldwin Grows Learning Garden initiative. In partnership with Georgia College, Susan Nelson, Director of School Nutrition, was able to connect with Dr. Hasitha Mahabaduge, a Physics Professor at Georgia College & State University, who collaborated with the school district’s Wellness Coordinator, Aketi Mayweather. Dr. Mahabaduge agreed to volunteer his time and expertise to help with the installation of a solar panel at the garden. On Saturday, Sept. 19, Dr. Mahabuaduge along with four of his Physics students installed one of the three solar panels to the garden shed that was donated by Southeastern Buildings.
Baldwin High School is taking steps towards utilizing solar energy. Solar power would be used to power the garden’s irrigation system, lighting, and in the future aquaponics and hydroponic gardens. Moving forward, Susan Nelson states that their hopes are to not only use the solar power for garden equipment in the garden, but to also use it for the agriculture classes.