Thanks to Ala-Tom RC&D, the ECI Greenhouse project in Washington County has flourished by the way of renovations to improve the greenhouse, educational classes to engage clients, and continuous maintenance. Assorted veggies and flowers including tomatoes, squash, herbs, petunias, and marigolds were purchased for the clients to help raise as well as to assist in nutritional classes with the center. We have been fortunate in the fact that some of the clients have shown interest in our local farmers market and have brought out some of their flowers to the market. Of course when it comes to raising veggies and flowers, you must have all the essential components such as lots and lots of potting soil, fertilizer, and a watering system to keep plants good and hydrated on hot summer days! With the purchase and installation of a watering system, upgrades were made to the ECI green house in an effort to work more efficiently for years to come.
We have purchased garden tools such as trimmers, safety glasses, shovels, watering can, and more in order for the clients at ECI to be able to lend a hand in this educational project. With the purchase of veggies and herbs, several nutrition classes have been conducted with the clients at ECI. The clients are then able to see firsthand the fruits of their labor. We have purchased a few cooking supplies to help with the nutrition classes as well as insect and repellent spray to make it more appealing for all the be involved outdoors. There were a few other garden related tools needed in order to make the project more efficient that we have recently purchased. Some of those being a new wheel barrow to haul potting soil and other supplies, weed eater to keep the green house area safe and presentable, as well as some garden stakes to help the growing process of the plants.
This project has been a learning curve for all involved, but most importantly has brought lasting improvements to the site and engaged many underserved citizens in the community. MANY THANKS goes out to ALA-TOM RC&D for allowing Washington County this opportunity.