Garden project taking root at Hopewell Industries

| January 26, 2016
Gardeners: Pictures from left are Troy Gibson, Lexi Davis and LaTasha Fralin. Davis, who is employed at Hopewell Industries, coordinated a tower garden project with the help of Hopewell clients Gibson and Fralin. Beacon photo by Josie Sellers

Gardeners: Pictures from left are Troy Gibson, Lexi Davis and LaTasha Fralin. Davis, who is employed at Hopewell Industries, coordinated a tower garden project with the help of Hopewell clients Gibson and Fralin. Beacon photo by Josie Sellers

COSHOCTON – LaTasha Fralin loves salads and soon she will be able to make one from fresh mixed greens she helped raise.

Mixed greens are just one of several different plants growing in the two tower gardens at Hopewell Industries.

The gardens were started on Dec. 10 and the project is being coordinated by Hopewell Industries employee Lexi Davis.

“My supervisor told me about the towers and I love gardening and have a passion for eating healthy so I thought I would make a go of it,” she said.

Hopewell clients Fralin and Troy Gibson have enjoyed helping her get the plants established and checking on them as they grow.

“They aren’t hard to take care of,” Gibson said.

Nanci and Brittany Rogers, Ian Haynes and Debbie Gaumer also have helped make the project a success.

“We will use what we grow for some meals here, but ultimately we want to set up another tower garden for tomatoes and sell at farmers markets,” Davis said. “We also thought we would get creative and make kale chips to try and sell. This will help with community integration because they (our clients) will actually be doing the selling of the produce. Some of them who enjoy this might even be able to start volunteering at a local nursery.”

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