Our 2022 garden season concluded in October, and once again it proved to be a magical gathering place for our disabled workers, volunteers, and those in need. Not only were we pleased to see our produce grow, but it is a joy to witness the community come together to assist in our efforts and gain awareness about the blind and visually impaired people that we serve.
Volunteers Got Their Hands Dirty and Learned Valuable Lessons
After opening in April, 117 high school students from 11 different schools volunteered to get the garden ready. They learned about the process of planting, weeding, watering and harvesting. The students experienced some of the challenges that come with being visually impaired while also playing a valuable part in preparing the garden.
In September the United Way Day of Caring volunteers worked tirelessly in the garden. They were very happy to get to meet and learn about our workers. After their work in the garden was complete, we gave them a tour of our agency and taught them more about the services we offer.
Young Community Members Reaped the Garden’s Benefits
Earlier in the year our Executive Director, Karen Haught and one of our employees, Bianca, visited Warwood Elementary School to teach a gardening lesson to their kindergarten students. The children were excited to plant their own sunflower seeds to take home.
Some of our favorite moments of the season happened when neighborhood children stopped by and helped harvest produce to take home for their families. Our garden alleviates food scarcity, and the youngsters enjoy getting to pick their own vegetables.
Our Final Harvest Ended with Success
In October John and Debbie entered produce, flowers and a market basket in the Ohio County Fair. They were awarded seven ribbons: three blue, two red and two white.
We are always a little sad to see the garden season end in October, but we are eager to see what’s in store next year.
Stay Tuned for 2023
Even though we just wrapped up for the year, next year’s preparations for the South Broadway Street garden have already begun. Our efforts are funded by grants and donations, and our operations are driven by our volunteers. If you’d like to get involved next season, check out the Edelman Garden Facebook Page or contact us at (304) 232-4810.