What a busy & great new school year it has been! We have new students and old and everyone is enjoying time spent on Thornhill Farm or in their own gardens created with Adaptive Gardens staff. Before getting into all of the great stuff that has been going on, we need to send a gigantic THANK YOU to everyone who made our 4th annual Local Music on the Farm event possible.
Dangermuffin, Oh Valentino, SC Broadcasters, Awendaw Green & Eddie White, Our Local Foods, Brannon Florie, Nancy Marshall, Zelda Grant, Melissa with Trashgurl, Kristin Clapper with Hoopla Studios, 17 North Roadside Kitchen, Harry Crissy, Maria & Gary Baldwin, Mary Beth & Gary Thornhill, Sharon Knisley, Teri & Julian Levin, Shannon Thornhill, Coast Brewing Co., Palmetto Brewing Co., Andrea McClellan, Gooden Farms/Teresa, Sam Watson, Yuka Duke, Matt Frye & all of the great Our Local Foods interns, Carol McClellan, Rivertowne Country Club, Greg Peralta, McCrady’s, Husk, Queen Anne’s Revenge, The Boathouse at Breach Inlet, Seaside Acupuncture, Kolton Bodyworks, Resort Boating, Marcia Davidson, Karen Attanasi, T.W. Graham’s Restaurant, Thomas Beach, Daniel “Jimbo” and all of our wonderful volunteers! Thank you for making our fundraiser such a wonderful and fun event! Proceeds from the Local Music on the Farm event help us continue providing services individuals with special needs and we are excited about some new employees this fall!
Other than the 150 individuals that we provide therapeutic gardening services to each week, Adaptive Gardens has begun offering employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities. These positions cover a myriad of skills but primarily focus on the production of cottage industry items and produce. Our Garden Gifts line of products are grown and produced on Thornhill Farm by our students and employees. From our Gardener’s Soap to our yummy Cilantro Micro Greens, we are giving these individuals real world vocational training and an opportunity to give back to their community. While there can always be set backs, we continue to move forward and are striving to increase program services to 200 special needs individuals by 2014!
Two of our unfortunate set backs this autumn have been garden pests… The Attack of the Army Worms… demolished our fall squash and tomato crop and then… as we replanted our chickens, yes, OUR PET Chickens (which we feed well and care for wonderfully), decided to escape their free range area and come over and eat our lovely little seedlings. So, we are on our fourth planting and have decided to start making scrumptious salads for the hens each day so maybe they will stop making a salad bar of our raised beds. Although, disappointing, with it comes lessons for our students and an opportunity for problem solving in dealing with our pests.
Regardless of set backs, Adaptive Gardens moves forward and you can find our Gardener’s Soap (with Luffa sponge and Lemongrass oil) at www.ourlocalfoods.com/kitchentablecuisine/ and www.Etsy.com. Soon we will have our Seed Paper Cards available for purchase online as well.
Until then, join us on November 30, 5-8pm and December 1, 10-3pm on Pinckney Street, McClellanville, SC for the Village Holiday Art Walk! There will be beautifully crafted items by local artists and craftsmen.