An Ohio County 4-H program has welcomed kids to volunteer at the Edelman Garden on Wheeling Island.
Children ages five through 12 work on Mondays and Tuesdays, planting, weeding and harvesting at the garden on South Broadway Street.
The visually impaired individuals from the Seeing Hand Association work there on Thursdays.
They all get exercise in the fresh air and sunshine, and learn about raising fresh organic fruits and vegetables.
“The kids that come and volunteer here can have fun, they can learn about gardening and harvesting and they can play an active role and participate in their community,” said Angelina Cornelia, Americorps VISTA volunteer.
“Our visually impaired people have a hard time getting down on the ground, and an even harder time getting up off the ground,” said Meredith Browning-Sterling, Seeing Hand garden manager. “We had the stands built by the Laborers’ Union. It’s easier to have them stand and work at waist level to harvest.”
“What we’re growing is basically tomatoes, peppers and a few other things,” explained Marty Wach, Seeing Hand garden manager, “but basically because it’s a small garden, you can be really really selective and take your time.”
All the produce is then harvested and taken to the Seeing Hand, where it’s available to the community every Thursday at noon.
Other local agencies that help the disadvantaged in the community often get some of the produce also.
It’s available for a donation, and children can still sign up for the gardening program.
Just call the Seeing Hand Association at (304) 232-4810.