New garden to benefit community and youth education
Powerhouse Community Development Corporation is expanding their summertime educational programs to include an agricultural element in their courses.
In conjunction with this effort, a new community garden is being planted to provide the kids with a first hand agricultural experience. Pastor Charles Stephenson, of Powerhouse, explained that due to the growth of the summer camp program, they felt it was time to expand their educational curriculum, and said the garden itself would not only help the kids learn, but provide food for the community as well.
The groups taking part in the project that day were Powerhouse Community Development Corporation, Monsanto and Northwest Community Services Center, who also donated seed and plants and Stephenson noted his and the other groups appreciation for Marshall native Robert Poindexter, who owns the land the garden is located on.
"Our camp is picking up steam this year (with classes) which is science, technology, engineering, mathematics and then agriculture," Stephenson said. "What Powerhouse is going to be doing is, our summer camp kids are going to be working in the garden and they'll be able to harvest (the produce)."
"We're hoping other agencies will want to participate, and the produce from the garden is definitely going to be used for the community," Stephenson said. " So whether we give it out individually or work with the food bank ... that we've got to figure out how that is going to be maintained."
Rhonda Soto of Monsanto said the garden itself is approximately half an acre and will produce a wide variety of produce ranging from tomatoes, peppers, onions, and several types of squash. A pumpkin patch will also be planted, which will hopefully be an enjoyable experience for youths when Halloween rolls around, Stephenson asserted.