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70 pounds and Counting
It’s November, cooler temperatures have set in, summer is a distant memory, and most gardeners have called it quits for the vegetable growing season. Being the intrepid Square Foot gardener that I am, I continue to protect the plants, collect and weigh the produce, hoping to reach a self-imposed harvest of 100 pounds, before I call it quits..
One of the reasons I love public horticulture is the opportunity for new experiences. This past Saturday afforded me just that. We had a booking for a private tour for a group with visual impairments. I did my best to prepare for this unusual engagement, but in the end I was left surprised and pleased while wholly out of my depth. They taught me that bright colors are best. To say "look at your 12 o'clock" instead of "look ahead" .
Little I’ve done here makes me prouder than our wonderful new job readiness pilot program partnering with Bridges Outreach. This program is to help foster employment for those of our friends who are experiencing homelessness. Our dedicated horticulture and facilities staff work hand in hand with a vetted Bridges candidate to offer basic gardening and facilities skills at the Arboretum, with job interviews and possible placement as the ultimate goal.
We’ve lucked out with our fi...