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Powell Scholars Program
Callison Hall
Courtney Lehmann, Ph.D.
Program Director
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211


Dinelle Davis
Program Assistant
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA 95211


From 2014 through 2016, the Powell Scholars undertook a project to design an intensive microgreen growing system for clients at the Calaveras Food Bank and Toyon Middle School. This project was chosen based on the shared interests and combined talents of Powell Scholars, as well as the desire to help a community damaged by forest fires.

Verdevis Design Team Planning

Several students volunteered to form the initial project team: Nasser Saleh ( Mechanical Engineering), Brandon Lindner ( Music Education), Courtney Banh ( Computer Engineering), and John Livingstone ( Business Administration). Working with both the food bank and school system in San Andreas, the team was able to refine the design to better suit the needs of the community. Nearly every Powell Scholar contributed to the project in some way: designing the invention itself, co-authoring the book that accompanies the growing system, presenting it to the food bank and middle school, or developing the website - Pacific's Newsroom ran an article on the system, and the Pacific Review had a short feature in their Summer 2016 issue.

Unveiling the System at Toyon Middle School

In order to assist the San Andreas school system in using the system, the Powell Scholars authored a book, which is available for purchase on Amazon or can be downloaded on the Verdevis website. Students also presented the system to University administrators at a presidential luncheon. The project culminated in the unveiling of the system at Toyon Middle School.

Presidential Luncheon Unveiling

Assembled System