During these busy summer months, most peers at the center experience an increase in chores around the campus. The increased planting and harvesting of tomatoes creates its own set of tasks.
“Our public does not realize the increased activity at Happy Patch Market during the peak spring and summer months,” says market supervisor Phyllis Smith. She cites such tasks as the removal of used tomato cages from harvested plots to new planting areas, increased plant watering, and participation in educational classes on growing, harvesting, and processing, and preparing meals around the prized vegetables.
Peers have quickly learned the importance of completing their garden chores during the early morning hours. For example, watering begins as soon as the gates are open each morning at the center. Placement and movement of water hoses is well choreographed.
“Our education, planting, and harvesting of more on-site vegetables has caused pre-planning for the many sites to grow,” explains PWC founder and CEO Stuart Perry. “It is a challenge, but we will handle the good problem.”
In the photo above, Chambliss Wiggins checks former tomato plot sites and transfers cages for new plantings.