July 16th, 2020 – 4:45 PM
Rome City Schools –
Rome Middle School Agriculture Educator and Future Farmers of America Advisor, Ashley
Hamby, placed second in the state for her work during a workshop hosted by Abraham Baldwin Agricultural
“I attended the Succulents and Air Plants Career Technical and Agricultural Resource Network class taught by
ABAC professor, Dr. Franky Flanders,” Hamby said. “We learned about the growing, cultivation, necessary
supplies and propagation of succulents as well as Air plants basics and how to use them in your Agricultural
“For the hands-on portion of the class,” she added, “we had a garden design lab for succulents and air plants.
For the Air plant garden design, participants were to create a design and be creative. I used a piece of driftwood
and an amethyst for my design. There were 120 participants and all designs were unique. I am honored to have
placed second in the competition.”
According to their website, since 1908, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College has provided unique, hands-on
learning opportunities for students as the South’s premier destination for Agricultural studies. Their offerings
have grown a great deal since their inception, now including a wide range of more traditional four-year degrees
and paths to success including a highly sought after nursing program, innovative arts and science tracks, and an
ever-growing list of learning opportunities and majors for students.
A member of the 26-member University System of Georgia, ABAC supports an enrollment of over 3,400 students from 155 of Georgia’s 159 counties,
18 states, and 24 countries.