EGSC receives grant to establish plant growing facilities

by | May 25, 2018 12:00 pm

Last Updated: May 24, 2018 at 1:45 pm

   The East Georgia State College Foundation was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Mill Creek Foundation to establish a plant growing facility which will include raised beds and a hoop house on the EGSC-Swainsboro campus. This project will enhance the educational opportunities for students from local schools and will be performed by Terry Moye, a Boy Scout and local student from Swainsboro High School. Moye will use this as his Eagle Scout project.

   EGSC has been a part of the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance (GPCA) since August of 2015. GPCA is a consortium of universities, plant societies, museums, botanical gardens and state and federal agencies. As a non-profit organization, the goal of this consortium is the preservation and propagation of endangered plant species. As a member of GPCA, EGSC and its members, including students and faculty, are interested in preserving endangered Georgia native species and reaching out to inform the local community about Georgia native pants and their habitats, such as the Ohoopee Sand Dunes. The EGSC greenhouse is a limited space to grow plants and is not a natural habitat for many. In addition, the greenhouse is too small to tour and teach students from local schools.
   The new growing facilities on the EGSC campus will be used…

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