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Cutting edge horticulture for charter school / Stop Overdoses PA

Written by Merideth Bucher, Producer | Dec 11, 2018 4:18 AM

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CCA students, Gabe Longenecker (Susquehanna Twp., PA, left) and Nathaniel Saxe (Springettsbury Twp., PA, right), examine the progress herbs have made in an aquaponic media bed at AgWorks at CCA.

What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, December 11, 2018:

A state-of-the-art horticultural growing and learning facility is open for business for charter school students in Harrisburg.  

The Commonwealth Charter Academy is offering hands-on education in aquaponics, hydroponics and aeroponics. The program is called AgWorks, and students will learn about every facet of agriculture, from cultivating plants and fish to taking the products to market.  Aquaponics uses the waste from fish (or other aquatic life) to produce plants. The AgWorks facility is the largest of its kind in the country. See video

Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss the program are Dr. Maurice Flurie, CEO of CCA and Samantha Johnson, director of aquaponics programs at CCA. 

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Samantha Johnson and Dr. Maurice Flurie

Also, Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week is a statewide initiative to distribute naloxone and get help for residents suffering from the disease of opioid-use disorder. (Visit the opioid data dashboard for information)

The marquis event is a 'Naloxone Day' on Thursday, December 13, where the life-saving drug will be available for free at locations across the state. 

Joining us on Smart Talk to discuss the initiative are Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, and Ellen DiDomenico, Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. 

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Ellen DiDomenico and Dr. Rachel Levine

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