If you've been by our building lately, perhaps you've noticed our new garden area located at the West end of our building. It is currently a work in progress, but it's coming along nicely. The greenhouse is up and planter boxes are being built. We expect to have an operational garden in the next couple of weeks.
We started the garden as a way to educate clients on how to grow their own food and create sustainability in their daily lives. We hope to do this by offering gardening tips and classes, starter plants, recipes, cooking classes, and gardening classes for children. Gardening is not just a way to grow your own food, it can help with over all health. Getting outside and playing in the dirt has multiple health benefits.
We have settled on the name Tom's Learning Garden in honor of Tom Rutherford. Tom passed away unexpectedly a few months ago. For many years Tom volunteered in our Food Bank, driving the truck and helping out in any way he could. It was Tom's belief that no child should go hungry and so he volunteered countless hours over the years to make sure that people in our community have access to food.
If you would like to help out we could use garden starts: tomatoes, peppers, herbs, etc., small pots to distribute plants in, and gardening tools, or, you could come and play in the garden!