Agromin - Tuesday December 13 2016 at 9:38 AM
Local nursing students recently created a garden at the City of Ventura's only family transitional housing center that does not receive government funding. The organization, The City Center, truly offers a hand up, not just a handout for families in need. It provides extensive case management as well as mentoring programs for the residents. Its mission statement is to provide a transitional living center for homeless individuals and families in Ventura, equipping them to rebuild their lives through self-sufficiency.
A garden box was built by the nursing students that reflected the center's values. Through a "learn-by-doing" approach, the nursing students taught residents, both parents and children, about how to plant, grow and maintain a sustainable garden. Planted in the garden box are seedlings that will produce kale, leeks, carrots, rainbow chard, lettuce, strawberries, broccoli and more. Residents planted an herb garden that includes lemon verbena, mint, oregano and thyme. Agromin donated the garden soil for the project.
The goal of the garden is to provide residents with a stress-relieving activity to improve their mental health and well-being. After a fun day in the sun, parents had smiles on their faces as they watched their children laughing and playing in the garden they had just created together. A simple garden and wonderful volunteers can make such a powerful impact!