Just a brief check in (check up) for today for the friends of the Challenge Greenhouse.
Sorry we have been absent for so long! We have been busy little bees. Three weeks ago our participants stayed on an extra week to help us get stuff planted once we finally got heat in to the greenhouse at Changing Gear. We had a handy dandy electric guy come and rework some of our wiring and now the heater is running like a dream. It is an average of a balmy 21 degrees Celsius up there! The team planted ALL of the pansies and amaranth for the planter boxes, as well as some spinach, marigolds, creeping thyme, some other herbs, calendula and many other lovely seedlings. The sprouts are at various stages with our amaranth soon needing to be transplanted in to larger containers and our baby herbs just starting to creep toward the sunlight. We are also having to rotate our amaranth occasionally as most of the sun is coming from the South and the little leaves are stretching to reach it.
Aside from the greenhouse, we have been madly wrapping up our fiscal year which ended March 31 and prepping for our next program with a whole bunch of building and new materials for the classroom being put in place. What an amazing time! We had a brief week off, which is why we didn't post during the first week in April, and with the stats it has just been crazy town in our office! Thank you all for your patience. As we will be starting with our new group of participants on Monday, we will hopefully have our first blog post with that group within the next two weeks!! It's always exhilarating getting a new group and seeing who our next greenhouse participants will be :)
Happy (belated) Easter and best wishes from EAS.
In the interim between programs, this was the most recent office prank which was the result of someone leaving for vacation. If you want to do this for someone else, check it out here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-grass-grow-from-a-keyboard/
Another option is to pop out all of the keys, fill it with soil and scoop the dirt out of the key inserts, then pop the keys back on. No one will notice until the sprouts appear!
We are part of the Employ Ability Skills Program with Challenge Disability Resource Group. We take part in a 12-week program that allows us to learn new skills and foster our interest in growing our own food organically.