Green Thumb Growers Help Others

Garden Families in need will have fresh produce thanks to the The Green Thumb Growers. Club members donated a dozen tomato plants on May 7, 2015 to the The Lighthouse Foundation Food Bank, so that families can have fresh tomatoes this summer and early fall.

Club sponsor Mark Schweers says the gardening club was established to give students in the life-skills program, who have disabilities, the opportunity to learn vocational skills.
The students learn gardening skills and help from the start to finish from planting seeds and growing plants, which are then sold at local markets.Students gain marketable job skills.

During the year, students work in the greenhouse and garden, which are located at the middle school. When the fall harvest was over, students began making holiday wreaths with pine boughs and cones harvested from trees around the school campus to sell to teachers and parents.

The mission of The Lighthouse Foundation provides housing, food and transportation and empowering individuals towards self-sufficiency.