At our last meeting, local West Washington High School FFA students, Griffin Packwood and Clara Guthrie, presented on Hydroponics and how to make and use a “Topsy-Turvy” tomato planter.
With projects created for State-level competition, the students provided a lecture with Power Point presentation, diagrams, and in-class samples of their work. The students demonstrated how each system was, and can be, created using simple and readily available items from any local hardware store.
Most informative was an in-depth description of how hydroponics works and the advantage hydroponic systems have towards sustainability. Packwood described the systems as a “faster way to grow food … 30-50% faster,” and “better for the environment.” He also explained that a main advantage to using the Topsy-Turvy system is the lowering of disease and insect infestation due to the plants being off of the ground surface.