A few months ago, we told you about our gardening project with the local Agrium plant, thanks to a national grant we received from the Agrium, Inc. parent company. Through the grant we have been able to establish planting beds for center peers to use to learn gardening skills and raise their own vegetables and other plants.
Recently a tractor-trailer load of bedding mix was delivered to the site, in order to fill a total of 20 freshly constructed, raised planting beds on the Perry Wellness Center campus. Each of the 4’ x 8’ planting beds will be adopted by one or more peers.
Grant facilitator Phyllis Smith explained the next steps: “When totally filled and taken through the initial process of moisture and heating, the various plants will be placed in these colorful, waist-high beds. The planting will be the first step in a learning pattern of proper soil preparation, planting, nourishment, and harvest.”
News of the project has intrigued the local neighborhood, and friendly neighbors stop by with questions at the East College Street location. Miss Phyllis is delighted at their acceptance and curiosity. “We have enjoyed the increased interest of the neighborhood with this educational/production project,” she noted.
Local Agrium employees have provided hands-on assistance with the project as well. “We thank Agrium for their grant and hope that we can be a model for the local wholesaler,” Miss Phyllis concluded.
In the photo above, Brandon, Barry, Joe, Tommy, and Awan spread fresh bed mix in preparation for new planting.