Friends of the Challenge greenhouse...
We have started our new program!! Our 10 participants from the last program successfully completed the program and many have moved on to new jobs! How exciting!
Last week was our prep week for this current program where we facilitated connections between employers and previous participants, interviewing applicants for the program, purchasing new materials for our new group of participants, cleaning our classroom setting and watering the greenhouse all along the way. It was a bit more work in the greenhouse recently as we are in between participants so we're looking forward to getting the next groups established.
This week, aka yesterday, started out our new recruits in their first day. We have 10 wonderful applicants, with possibly an 11th, who are likely to make this program exciting. One of our job coaches has stated that he would like to be the main person to organize work in the winterized greenhouse as we plan to extend this agreement for another winter (did I mention this already??). We always enjoy getting new folks and learning new skills, as comes with getting new applicants. I wonder if any of them will want to be involved in the postings for this blog...?!
The photos below: up until the sunflowers is many of our vegetables in our greenhouse at the Yukon College greenhouse. We currently one billion tomato plants, some green beans, celery, green peppers, cucumbers and that funky little yellow tube-thing is a yellow zucchini. The photos of flowers are the progress of our lovely boxes in front of the building. Then we jump back in to photos of our garden boxes up at the greenhouse at Yukon College. The photos of the building are the outside views of our Yukon College greenhouse! So fancy!! There is also a photo, mixed in there somewhere, of one of our fully grown planter boxes. SO FUN!!!! I LOVE FLOWERS! Our team has done a great job at keeping everything alive and well.
And to you little flowers, I bid you farewell. This will be my last blog post as I am passing the torch to the lovely group of job coaches in the EAS program. All the best to you and stay tuned cause the winter is going to bring all kinds of fun and exciting winter growing projects. I'll give you a hint... there might be something to do with commercial level composting. There might also be something to do with winterized planting (for real this time). Keep your ears to the ground little pumpkins.
Where did you come from Cotton Eyed Joe - I hope that has now gotten the song stuck in your head. It's not totally accurate though as you guys didn't go anywhere, we did! I am back from holidays now and the last two weeks have been spent training our new job coach. We also don't report as often as our participants are well versed in their regular watering, pruning, dead heading and
Regarding the first photos, I would have loved to post pictures of our hanging baskets but the board they were hanging from ended up coming off of the building and landing on the sidewalk. We tried to save the plants but did have to plant some new ones and have not yet had time to reinstall the hanging beam. Projects for the next program!
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.