The Greenhouse has been a wonderful addition to Martha’s Table. In the next few months, there are two main goals for its evolution. The first is production. We want to focus on growing several types of vegetables and herbs that will be used in our food program to provide healthy and fresh food to those in need. At the moment, we are mainly growing tomatoes and herbs, but we are also experimenting with squash, beans, and melons. We want to maximize space by establishing vertical growing systems.
The second goal is education. The Greenhouse is a great tool for children and teens to be more involved with Martha’s Table’s programs. It will help them learn about plants and the virtue of responsibility through Greenhouse maintenance. We will be developing a curriculum and corresponding activities for our wide range of students. Our younger students will learn about scientific data collection and analysis to complement what they are learning at school. We also want to teach them about the value of nutritious foods and making healthy decisions. We will introduce our older students to entrepreneurial skills such as the production and sale of fresh herbs. These skills will help them with future jobs or careers. Both the younger and older students will participate in daily responsibilities of the greenhouse such as watering or planting. Martha’s Table is really excited to put these plans into action!
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