Evergreen Skills Community Garden
The Laurens County Disabilities & Special Needs Board is a public, non-profit agency serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, head injuries, spinal cord injuries and autism. Our agency provides residential, day program and family support services that benefit the men, women and children in our county in South Carolina.
One of our newest programs is the Evergreen Skills Community Garden. The garden is located at Evergreen Skills, which is our Adult Day Activity Center. This is where the men and women we serve go during the day to work, learn new skills and have interaction with our community.
Some of the folks we serve expressed an interest in learning more about gardening. This garden was started in the spring of 2013 and has been planted, maintained and harvested by the men and women we serve. The start up for this garden was made possible by a partnership with our local YMCA and the Master Gardeners in our area.
Our goal is to continue to teach the participants and staff about gardening and eventually have them work independently in the garden. Our hope is that this garden will aid in teaching participants about healthy eating habits, the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables and increase their activitiy levels.
The garden participants have been harvesting the vegetables for the kitchen staff to serve to all of the men and women at Evergreen Skills. In addition, some participants take food home to prepare there. There is also an assisted living next door to Evergreen Skills and vegetables have been shared with them as well.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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