Tuesday, October 12, 2010

East Central Ministries does it all....

They are a faith-based community organization in the Southeast Heights that uses a social justice framework to develop relationships and activities in the community.  As part of the YFAP initiative, the organization will provide technical assistance to the Highland High School Garden Club.  As of today, ECM has successfully developed:
  • a relatively large-scale community garden enterprise that has an after-school youth component
  • 3 large retail greenhouses, providing community members with jobs
  • a working relationship with the floral department of Whole Foods (ex: various types of naturally-flavored honey are being created to be sold in gift baskets)
  • a coop of 27 hens that produce cage-free organic eggs
  • bio-diesel
  • a bee hive
  • a social enterprise Olla production and marketing business
  • a youth mural project
  • a low-income health clinic
On my first visit, Matt Wilson, the Greenhouse/Gardens director gave me a tour of the facilities.
    Tomatoes galore...

     The greenhouse

    Save water, garden with ollas!

     Naturally flavored honey...jarred and almost ready to go!

     Youth mural project

     Life in the coop

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