INTRODUCTIONS: Meet Andrew Morris

GROWING ROOTS IN SAVANNAH

If you’ve got a green thumb or just need some good advice, Andrew Morris is your go-to guy when it comes to everything hydroponic in Savannah. 

Originally from Southern California, Morris, 34, has found the most fertile soil for sowing roots for a family and a business right here in Savannah, allowing him to pursue his lifelong appreciation and respect for gardening.

Nearing its 15th year, Morris’s Savannah Hydroponics & Organics (SH&O) has been educating and supporting Low Country gardeners of all levels on the benefits of specialty gardening since opening its doors in 2009, offering a diverse selection of high-quality products.

Simply put, hydroponics is growing plants without soil. Instead, plants are grown in systems where their roots are fed directly with nutrient-filled water solutions. When his family left California for the colder mountains of Lake Tahoe, teenage Morris turned to using lighting and hydroponic systems to grow plants year-round indoors.

“I was exposed to gardening, recycling, and composting at an early age, as well as the benefits of sustainable living,” Morris said. “At SH&O, we have solutions for all methods of growing. Using our techniques,” he continued, “plants will never be treated with harsh chemicals and are only sprayed with natural disease and pest controls. Many of these practices can [even] be replicated anywhere from a rooftop to a parking lot allowing food to be grown anywhere.”

While Andrew enjoys tending to his heirloom tomatoes and lettuces, he is most proud of the family roots he and his wife, Kelly, the special events manager for Keep America Beautiful, have planted here in the Hostess City. A year ago, the Morrises were blessed with the addition of their son, Jackson, or “Jack”, who is already a fan of Savannah.

“We love spending time together as a family,” Morris said. “We love taking the boat out and feel grateful to call the Low Country home. No matter what we’re doing, we want to be together. It doesn’t matter, as long as we do it together.”

Some of the fellow home-grown foods the Morrises appreciate—especially Jackson and his ever-growing palate—are the products from their friends at Billy’s Botanicals in Richmond Hill. Most weekends, social media friends are treated to photos of Kelly’s culinary delights featuring their fresh, local purchases.

“Jack and I enjoy chowing down on the incredible food Kelly prepares,” Andrew said. “We love being able to get fresh, locally sourced food. We can also enjoy it all together being outside—whether it be working on the farm, on a house project, or going to the Forsyth Farmer’s Market… or the beach.”

Andrew and Kelly both relish spending time with friends and customers—especially over a meal. “This region has so much to offer and so much diversity. There are so many individuals [in Savannah] doing some incredible work. We love when people share their stories and knowledge and experience.”

“Traveling as a family is something important and enjoyable to us,” he said. “We’re looking forward to showing Jack all the incredible things this world has to offer. And, in the meantime, we can support other local businesses here from the hardware stores and restaurants we enjoy to all the great outdoor options.”

Together, the parents, food enthusiasts, and small business owners stress the goal of their shop and their lives is to share knowledge so everyone can learn from each other.

“We really strive to be a valuable resource in the community, where anyone looking to grow can come to share ideas and get the necessary supplies needed to succeed. When you shop with us, you’re not just supporting local business, you’re supporting families,” he said, proudly. “Whether you grow your own food at home or even if you plan to scale up to a commercial operation, we want to help you solve the many challenges associated with growing crops. When we work together as a community, we all succeed.”

Savannah Hydroponics & Organics is located at 4107 8th Street, Suite C, in Garden City. Visit savannahhydro.com for more information.


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