US: 4C greenhouse will nurture sustenance, knowledge in Dougherty County

Like the roots of a healthy plant, the foundation of the coming hydroponics greenhouse at the Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy (4C Academy) stretches deep into the earth.

At the moment, about the only evidence of the 5,800-square-foot greenhouse is the protruding portion of the foundation at the site behind the campus on Newton Road. But the prefabricated structure is completed and will soon arrive.

Megan Verner, 4C's agribusiness instructor, joked that the foundation walls, buried in the ground, are taller than she is, and the source of nutrients for the facility also will be buried deeply.

The underground tanks will provide all of the water and substances the indoor plants will need to thrive. "The hard part is pretty much done," 4C CEO Chris Hatcher said. "The greenhouse is sitting, waiting to be installed. We're looking at March.


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