Drew Transition Center’s Horticulture Program, The Gardens at Drew, offered parents and the community the opportunity to purchase fresh greens, produce and food-related products at reasonable prices during the Grand Opening of a new Farmstand on Friday, Nov. 21. The vegetables were harvested at this center-based school for students with special needs, and the products on sale were made/assembled by the students. Among the offerings: Three different blends of Lettuce mixes, Kale, two varieties of Spinach, Swiss Chard, Collard Greens, Beet Greens and Turnip Greens. Drew’s food-related products also were for sale, including the “famous” Drew’s Spice Rub (great for Chicken, Fish, Pork or Beef), four different blends of pre-packaged Teas, and Wildflower Seeds.
About the program:
The Drew Transition Center Horticulture Program and ConsumerLink Network Gardens at Drew hope to create opportunities for all students to have access to materials and programs to learn, develop and participate in horticulture through the planting, management, consumption and sales of vegetables and flowers. Through interactive methods carefully designed around students’ specific disabilities, and to allow for maximum involvement and skill development, the ConsumerLink Network Gardens at Drew hopes to become the model for the nation in the methodology and programs developed to educate center-based special education students in the areas of Horticulture Science. The objectives of the ConsumerLink Network Gardens at Drew center around the development of a comprehensive program to allow for each student to gain functional independence and/or job readiness skills in the production, consumption and sales of food and food-related products.