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Smithville resident aids community with modern farming techniques

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Norman Jones presenting one of his hydroponic models at his nephew’s house in Smithville.  Photo by Quinn Donoghue

Smithville resident and engineer Norman Jones has taken matters into his own hands to help alleviate food insecurity in Bastrop County and drought related issues.​Jones has been an avid proponent of hydroponic farming, which requires minimal water usage and can be practiced year-round in a climate controlled environment, indoors or outdoors. He has formed partnerships with organizations such as the Hands Up High Ministry in Bastrop, a family shelter and soup kitchen, implementing hydroponics to benefit the organization.​Jones is advocating for this style of farming because he simply wants to help the community and isn’t concerned about profit.​“In my case,

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