For the last three years, peers at Perry Wellness Center have been planting, raising, and harvesting produce from a series of raised plant beds on campus. The beds originally constructed under a grant from the local Agrium company, now Nutrien.
Three years of constant use and exposure to the elements has led to structural breakdown of the wooden frames. Now a reconstruction project is underway, before the planting of 2019 spring crops.
“We built these beds from donated and collected pallets,” explained PWC founder and CEO Stuart Perry. “They have served us well but need replacement and repainting. Our market staff has that project underway.”
Staff member Bob Ledbetter adds, “We look forward to getting this rebuilding done in time to welcome the anticipated rush of early customers.” Customers, staff, and peers are all eager for the harvesting of the first on-site fresh vegetables of the year.
In the photo above, Bob Ledbetter, left, is assisted by staff members Debbie Bisaillon and Stephen Thompson in the reconstruction project.