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Sycamore sows garden with local support

Sycamore sows garden with local support

Sycamore Services’ vegetable garden had seen better days, but thanks to a rejuvenation effort by a team of local organizations, the patch will help more than just the tomatoes grow this season.

From left, Richard Brown, Melanie Rice, Justin Woolard, Jeremy Atherton and Mallory Hammel learn a few gardening tips from Danville Firefighter Charlie Cripe. Photo by Chris Cornwall

The garden is used to help individuals with special needs develop life skills through farming, cooking and business.

“Over the long term, individuals that come to the work center will be maintaining the garden in the summer and the plan is that they will use some of the produce for the cooking classes this year,” said Aimee Ketterer, Director of Communications and Business Solutions for Sycamore Services. “We will be working with some of the dieticians at Hendricks Regional Health who will lead some of those classes with the vegetables they harvest this year.”

Ketterer also said their consumers will sell produce to local farmers markets to develop business skills, and donate what’s leftover to Sheltering Wings Women’s Shelter.

“It has kind of fallen by the wayside so we are rejuvenating it,” she said. “The Hendricks Regional Health engineering department plowed the ground and built several raised beds for the garden. We have some volunteers from HRH, the Danville Fire Department, and The Hendricks County Master Gardeners. The seeds were donated by several area nurseries.”

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