Chloe and LaurieAfter several seasons, the raised garden beds at Perry Wellness Center are a productive and instructive addition to the campus. Established with a grant from Agrium International, the project was designed to teach peers about gardening principles as well as collaboration in work.

“This independent effort to help peers learn about gardening and partnership has been good,” notes founder Stuart Perry. This season’s beds were prepared in early spring at the north end of our campus and were made available to any interested peers for cultivation.

Chloe McCullough is a PWC counselor and project leader who says she has personally learned patience from the gardening experience. She enjoys working on the project, observing, “All of us, peers and staff alike, are eager to harvest our garden spots. It is a great learning experience for us all.”

Summer heat and dry conditions have required increased watering and attention to the garden beds, but both peers and staff have remained up to the task.

Laurie Slaton is now a seasoned peer farmer who has raised and harvested garden produce for two years. In the above photo, Laurie, seated, shares her vine-ripened tomatoes that will soon be sold at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market. Chloe McCullough, looking on, states she plans to prepare fried green tomatoes in the near future.

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