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The Awesome Science of Apples at Mercier Orchards

By Laura Mast “There’s a lot more science than people realize. People think, you go out there, you dig a hole, you plant a tree and pick it. There’s a lot more.” David Lillard, orchard manager at Mercier Orchards, leans back in his chair and smiles good-naturedly at me and Ian Flom, Mercier’s…

Atlanta’s Living History: Old-Growth Forests in the City

By Elizabeth Spiers When I greet Kathryn Kolb near Proctor Creek Trail, she leads me towards a slope, “This little patch right here, is attached to a large tract of old-growth forest. It looks like nothing, but it does have some characteristics that are consistent with areas where we find old…

The Science Behind Honey with Urban Honey Bee Project

By: Brielle James Photos provided by Jennifer Leavey On the roof of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons sit four waist-high stacks of white boxes. For about 200,000 Western honey bees (Apis mellifera), these boxes are considered home. Together, the boxes…

The Science of Good Dirt at CompostNow

By Donna McDermott I visited King of Crops farm on the first cool morning of September. Last night’s rain had left a cloudy, golden glow over rows of blueberry, muscadine, and persimmon that would soon become popsicles sold under rainbow umbrellas. But I didn’t go to King of Crops for the…

The Science of Cross Country Running Training

By Owen Beck “Is this normal?” asked Agnes Scott College’s newest head Cross Country Coach, Molly Carl, referring to a 90-degree fall day last year, “Shouldn’t it have cooled off a bit by now?” Welcome to Hotlanta! While this Northerner may still be acclimating to Georgia’s…
Old Fourth Distillery in Atlanta, Georgia

The Science of Spirits with Old Fourth Distillery

By Kellie Vinal Old Fourth Distillery, nestled in the heart of Old Fourth Ward, is well known around Atlanta as a purveyor of hand-made vodka, gin, and their signature ginger lemon liqueur, Lawn Dart. It hasn’t always been easy to get locally sourced spirits, though. In fact, Old Fourth is…

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