Gardening at Perry Wellness Center is important for two groups: our peer members and our market customers.
We promote gardening and market work at our center in order to provide peers with valuable lessons in teamwork, social skill building, and good old-fashioned gardening techniques.
But we also want to please our market customers, whose presence on our campus not only helps to fund the services we provide, but provides a normalizing and comfortable “laboratory” for teaching the public about mental illness and recovery.
In our latest bit of market analysis, Stuart Perry and market manager Phyllis Bleckley have determined that the growing demand for vine-ripened, site-grown tomatoes must be met! We’ve been hard at work staking out tomato plants.
Phyllis explains: “Already, customers are asking for our locally grown tomatoes. We have some in from South Georgia but look forward to our first fruit from the vines of Perry Wellness Center.”
In the above photo, three hardworking gentlemen – Ivel Neves, Brian Mitchell, and Perry Duffy, tend to the quickly growing tomato plants at PWC.