“This is the first time we’ve done this,” said Woodlands Marketing Director Krista Reese. “I think it will become a tradition.”
She said several resident planted seed and starter plants in the spring. Then almost daily, the ladies went out and tended the garden and nurtured their crops.
Now, the fruits of their labors are being realized. They are picking red ripe tomatoes and green tasty cucumbers that are being used with the regular eveing meals.
Reese said the Woodlands has 40 residents who now have the option of adding some very locally grown vegetables to their diet. In fact, she said the residents have such an abundant crop that several of the women are started to can items to keep and enjoy over the winter months.
“They are working at stocking our shelves now,” Reese said.
Woodlands residents Darlene Kennedy and Stella Mika prepare to preserve their bounty that they have worked hard growing all summer.