Oct 15 2016
In October 2016, Preferred Materials partnered with the Richmond Hill Schools Field Studies Program to complete a 5,000 SF agricultural research garden on the Richmond Hill Middle School campus in Richmond Hill, GA. The garden consists of a 720 sq. ft. greenhouse, 44 framed, raised beds and container gardens. The crew from Preferred Materials constructed the raised beds and assembled the 44 boxes which extend the beds 6 in. above the ground. Preferred also brought in excavating equipment to dig down 12 in. into the gravel base and filled each box with 18 inches of topsoil. This garden will allow students to conduct research on fertilizers, prevention and treatment of plant disease and infestation, and on which varieties of certain crops (e.g., tomato) are most successful in Georgia’s hot, humid climate. Data and observations will be shared with community stakeholders to encourage families to grow some of their own produce in small, home gardens. The research garden also contains a number of native wildflower trial beds that will support the vegetable garden but are also part of a larger pollinator habitat restoration project. Click here to read more about this project.