Students in Joe Green’s horticulture program at Pope High School used the influence of music to raise funds supporting proper labeling of genetically-altered foods! Students wrote and recorded 13 songs about plants, healthy food and environmental issues, compiled the tracks onto an album called Hembree Road (a riff on the Beatles’ Abbey Road) and made the CDs available for sale to the Pope student body!
Horticulture students also conducted an outdoor CD release party May 17, promoting awareness of genetically-modified foods. All proceeds from the sale of Hembree Road were donated to the Organic Consumers Association to back its ‘Genetically Engineerred Right To Know’ food labeling campaign.
Teacher Joe Green retired at the end of the 2011-12 school year, after 11 years working with Pope students and 14 total in Cobb County. Green focused his students’ studies on food, labeling, sustainable agriculture, and citizens’ rights to know what they are buying and/or consuming. Prior to his teaching experience, Green worked in a variety of agriculture and arborial fields, including fishing in Alaska, fruit picking in New Zealand, managing a greenhouse in southern California and researching plants in south Florida. Visit Joe Green’s personal website to keep up with his post-retirement activities!