Collard harvestAs we have noted before, Perry Wellness Center is engaged in an ongoing community partnership with Agrium, Inc. Through a grant that was awarded to our center, we have worked with local staff to train peers in how to raise and harvest their own raised beds of produce.

We have now gone through our second season on this educational endeavor with Agrium, and continue to be pleased with its effect upon peers. Most recently project manager Phyllis Smith was struck by the benefits that Grover Thornton had received from the project.

β€œI am excited to see Grover harvest the first collards from his raised bed,” Phyllis noted. β€œHe will take these home for a healthy meal for his family.” The project not only gives peers some practical gardening skills; it also promotes a sense of personal accomplishment and greater self-reliance.

The program will continue with the production of more gardens for the spring and summer season. Its training curriculum includes seed and plant selection, and proper planting, maintenance, and harvesting.

In the above photo, Grover Thornton takes his first collard harvest home to share with family members.

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