Gardening Program


GARDENING

A few years ago Mr. Peyton Parsons from Parsons Nursery in Georgetown donated a green house to Tara Hall.  Habitat for Humanity of Georgetown organized a work force of volunteers to build the green house for us.  Debbie Mann of U.S.D.A. and Robin Munnerlyn of Georgetown Soil Conservation have been  instrumental in helping provide knowledge and resources as well as sweat equity.  With a few grants and the help of numerous individuals and groups too numerous to name, we now have a functioning well-equipped facility in full operation.  In 2010 we added electricity, in 2011 we added a sprinkler system and our goal for 2012 is to add a heating system.

We also have outdoor box gardens that we transfer the plants to when they are large enough. In the spring and summer we are growing plenty of vegetables that we actually use in our kitchen. We also grow lots of flowers to add color and beauty. In the fall we plant mostly cabbage and collards but this fall we are going to grow Pumpkins also!

Many of the boys love to get involved in the gardening program. They love to get their hands dirty and then watch the little seeds they plant in little pots grow so much that they have to be transplanted into the outside garden. Most of the boys don’t necessarily enjoy the weeding part of the process, but when it is time to pick something for the kitchen, they are all on board.