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Lanier Career Academy program to add farmers market, orchard
Lanier Charter Career Academy senior Sheena Boyd pulls weeds from a raised bed Thursday morning during horticulture class. The class will soon be expanding its footprint at the school with the addition of a barn, a large garden and an orchard.
Lanier Career Academy was built on land that was once a farm, and if Shay Grant has any say, the land will be farmed once again — this time by students learning the skills to work in agriculture. Grant is the horticulture teacher at the academy overseeing a number of expansions to the program. Those expansions include a farmers market and orchard that will be open to the public, a large fruit and vegetable garden, a barn with chickens and goats and about an acre of deer fencing to keep the critters from tearing into the new crops.