December Newsletter

The month of December has been a very festive and busy month for everyone at Trellis. Even as the snow began to fell, we had a lot of work to do in our green houses in order to keep them full and flourishing in the colder temperatures.  This month we were able to attend the Ellensburg Holiday Market, and sold fresh herbs, produce and herb boxes to local community members. We also produced herb box orders for friends and family to purchase. We would like to say a very special thank you to Jeff Smith, who helped us out so much this month with making the herb boxes.

We also had many opportunities to have fun and take a break this month. We hiked up into the snowy hills of the Okanogan-Wenatchee State Forest to find the perfect tree for Trellis. We were also able to volunteer some of our time and efforts by helping with the community Christmas baskets, as well as donating blankets that participants helped make throughout the months of November and December.

 

As this year comes to a close, we want to extend a thank you to all those who have helped make 2015 such a great year. All the support we receive means a lot to all of us at Trellis, and we appreciate all the generosity and kindness we receive. We look forward to seeing all the growth, learning, and the excitement 2016 will bring.

We hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday and new year.

November Newsletter

November brought the start of the holiday season here at Trellis, and we were hard at work all month preparing our plants and Terravine growers to be ready for the holidays. Much of this month was spent preparing for the two upcoming Kittitas Valley Holiday Markets. We created beautiful herb boxes and tags to create holiday gift baskets with fresh herbs for cooking this season. These boxes, as well as many of the herbs, lettuces, and plants, were brought to the holiday market in November, which was a great success not only in terms of our plants, but also in connecting with the local community and showing them what we have to offer. We also kept busy seeding, transplanting, and caring for plants in the greenhouse in order to keep our produce growing during the colder winter months. With the cold and a bit of snow settling in for winter, we have had a lot of work to do vocationally to make sure our plants receive the care and warmth they need.

Our recreation program had all of us practicing our cooking skills by creating some warms soups and chili for us to enjoy as the chill sets into the valley. We also went to support our veterans and those who serve our country and community by going to the Ellensburg Veteran’s Day Parade. The city had an assortment of military vehicles, both old and new, as well as veterans of all ages that we all enjoyed being able to wave to. Before everyone left to visit friends and family for Thanksgiving, we all worked together to create a healthy Thanksgiving feast and enjoyed sharing what we were thankful for while eating in each other’s company. The month of November was also a time to remind us how much we have to be thankful for, and to give back to our local community. Each of the participants at Trellis are working on an ongoing service project of creating fleece blankets to be donated to those in need in the Kittitas Valley.

The Trellis Center will be at the next Kittitas Valley Holiday Market on December 14th at the fairgrounds if you are in the area and would like to come support us. You can also support us through the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program here. We are also connected to Amazon Smile for any online holiday shopping you might do. Just go to smile.amazon.com and choose The Trellis Center as the organization you would like to support.

As always, we thank everyone for their continued support and encouragement. We are ever thankful to those who support us in what we do. If you have any questions or comments, you can find us on facebook as well as online at thetrelliscenter.com. You can also reach us by phone at (509)-968-4040 or via email at contact@thetrelliscenter.com.

Have a happy holiday season!

 

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October Newsletter

The coming of Fall always brings with it excitement and change at the Trellis Center. This October, we have stayed busy with our greenhouses, garden beds, and pumpkin patch. We had our last two farmer’s markets where we were able to sell our Fall vegetables such as pumpkins and squash. With the end of the farmer’s market season, as well as the cold weather setting in, we began to empty out our garden beds and prepare them for next Spring. This means we have spent time enriching our soil by sifting rocks and plants out of the beds as well as topping them off with leaves to be tilled in later on in the year. Because our garden beds are being closed, we have been focusing our attention on filling the greenhouses with herbs and lettuces. Be sure to look for us at the Ellensburg Holiday Market on November 21st from 9am – 2pm at the Fair Grounds. We will be selling live herbs for all your holiday cooking!

On our recreation side, October gave us many opportunities to enjoy the crisp Autumn days through walking and playing sports outside. We also did a community service project of raking leaves at a local park to keep it clean for everyone to enjoy. A trip to the pumpkin patch was also in order to fully celebrate the Fall festivities. We all took a day to go on a hay ride, visit some petting zoo animals, pick our own pumpkins, and get lost in a corn maze. With all this excitement leading up to Halloween, we threw ourselves a Trellis Halloween party complete with carved pumpkins and a scavenger hunt.

A few reminders of how you can support the Trellis Center, especially leading up to the holiday season. We have an Amazon Smile account for any online shopping where a percentage of each purchase you make, makes a donation to the Trellis Center as well. Simply go to smile.amazon.com and make the Trellis Center your preferred organization. We also have a Fred Meyer Community Rewards account where you can link your Fred Meyer Rewards card to the Trellis Center, and Fred Meyer will make a donation to the Trellis Center. Just go to www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards and choose the Trellis Center as the organization you wish to support.

 

As always, if you are interested in learning more about the Trellis Center you can contact Daniel via email at contact@thetrelliscenter.com as well as via phone at (509)-968-4040. Be sure to keep up to date with what we are doing by liking us on Facebook.

Thank you for all your support!

September Newsletter

September and the end of Summer kept everyone at the Trellis Center busy and working hard to keep up with all the harvest the late Summer brings. We also welcomed a new friend to Trellis in September. Nathan has been working hard with everyone to experience and learn what all we do at the Trellis Center. Our garden beds and pumpkin patch have been producing great vegetables including pumpkins, beets, tomatillos, and many other plentiful produce. In our greenhouses, we are continuing to grow microgreens for local restaurants, and we also have quite a few Hungarian wax pepper plants growing very well. The beginning of Fall has been a time of change for our outdoor plants. As the temperature begins dropping a little lower each night, we started to remove different plants from our garden beds that are finished producing and those that aren’t equipped to deal with the colder temperatures. This has been a great opportunity to talk about the differences in plants and learn what grows best during each season.

The Trellis Center also had the chance to go to quite a few Farmer’s Markets in September. With all of our hard work, we were able to fill our market trailer with all kinds of produce and plants showing off the variety of items everyone at Trellis can grow and care for. We will have our last two farmer’s markets in October. Come see us at the Kittitas Valley Farmer’s Market on October 10th and 24th! We will have plenty of produce for sale including pie pumpkins, carrots, and eggplant.

Our recreation program provided us with some great activities to take advantage of the weather and the gently changing leaves. We took a trip out to Speelyi Beach Park by Cle Elum and went on a walk along the lake. We also went on a big outing to the Museum of Flight in Seattle. A very big thank you to all those who helped make that trip a possibility: Mr. Dillow, Mr. and Mrs. Albers, Millie Spezialy, and everyone at the museum who made our trip so special.

As always, if you are interested in volunteering or hearing more about what the Trellis Center is up to, feel free to contact us at contact@thetrelliscenter.com or check out our Facebook page.

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July Newsletter

July was a very busy month at the Trellis Center both recreationally and vocationally. With Summer weather upon us, we had so many opportunities to be outside for fun and some work. Everyone here has kept busy with the amount of harvesting as well as planting to be done at this time during the season. Many of our crops have been producing week after week, while others have finished producing which allowed us to plant a second group of crops for the late summer. In addition to keeping our garden beds full, we are trying our hand at growing sprouts and are seeing great results. We were also able to plant pepper starts and watermelons to be ready for harvest later in the season. We are beginning to see some squash and pumpkins appear as the long, hot summer days encourage all of our plants to mature for harvest. While the gardens and greenhouses are keeping us busy, we have also begun to mix our own potting soil. This helps us ensure healthy plants starting in the greenhouse, and promises a smoother transition when we transplant our starts outside. With our garden beds, pepper patch, and greenhouses in full swing we we able to continue making deliveries to both The Yellow Church Cafe as well as bring some fresh herbs and produce to the Ellensburg Pasta Company. We thank both businesses for their support of the Trellis Center as well as TerraVine Growers. We will be at the Kittitas Valley Farmer’s Market August 22nd!

Our recreation program offered us many opportunities for some summer fun this July. We were able to do some great hiking around Lake Easton State Park, as well as have a few picnics along the Yakima River. In honor of Independence Day, the Trellis Center cooked up a patriotic BBQ meal complete with music and some time spent in the pool. The Trellis Center also volunteered our time and talents to the local FISH Food Bank. We were able to help sort and package dry goods to be given to families in need this Summer as well as provide assistance in serving a community lunch to the Ellensburg area at one of FISH Food Bank’s meal locations. It was a great experience to have all of us at the Trellis Center giving back to the community that we know and love.

We extend a thank you to all those who support the Trellis Center and their endeavors, and appreciate all the encouragement you give the program. For those in the Ellensburg area, don’t forget to come out and see us at the Farmer’s Markets. For all of our supporters living elsewhere, there a so many ways for you to support us from afar. The Trellis Center has an Amazon Smile account in which a percentage of each purchase is donated to the Trellis Center, all you have to do is go to https://smile.amazon.com/, sign-in to your amazon account, and then search for the Trellis Center. We also always have our paypal in which donations can be made. We appreciate all the support we receive and know that it’s vital for us to continue to fulfill our mission and provide the best program possible to all of our participants.

June Newsletter

Summer is one of the busiest times of the year for everyone at Trellis. Our garden beds are in full swing during June and the weather gives us so many chances to be outside for both work and play. This June, Trellis also welcomed an agricultural intern from Washington State University, Erik. Erik brings his expertise in organic gardening to Trellis and is teaching all of us more about caring for our plants and providing them the best soil possible. Erik has also worked with the Sunridge 1 house-dad, Jeff, in order to set up a hydroponics system in one of our greenhouses, in which we have begun growing a variety of lettuces. We appreciate both Erik and Jeff’s help in setting up the system and are excited to begin producing hydroponically grown lettuces. We have also started growing microgreens. Microgreens are small shoots that are harvested from a plant before it reaches full maturity. Microgreens are extremely flavorful and nutrient-dense and are used to garnish a variety of dishes, including soups, salads, dinner entrees, and sandwiches. We have already begun selling our microgreens to local restaurants and at the Farmer’s market. This month we have continued to sell our fresh herbs and produce to the Yellow Church Café, as well as to the Ellensburg Pasta Company. We appreciate both these restaurants, and their support of businesses owned by adults on the autism spectrum. As we continue to help our participants grow their company (Terravine Growers), we look forward to making more connections with other local businesses and restaurants in Kittitas County. We will also be selling at the Farmer’s Market throughout the summer and will be at the Ellensburg Farmer’s Market on July 11th, and 25th.                                     

  

 

The month of June also allowed us to continue engaging with our local community in the form of weekly community outings. Outings this month included a trip to the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie Falls. The museum is home to a historical depot built in 1890 with artifacts, as well as a train shed in which volunteers restore and refurbish historical trains. We also did a community service project this month working with Catholic Family Charities. During our project, we helped restore the Brockwood apartment, which provides affordable housing to senior citizens and disabled residents. Some of our participants put their gardening skills to use cleaning out several garden beds and planting new plants in them, while others helped paint a storage shed for the building. We really enjoy doing these community service projects, and love getting to watch our participants give back to others.

As always, thank you to all who support the Trellis Center. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer with us, please contact us by email at contact@thetrelliscenter.com or by phone at (509)-968-4040.

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May Newsletter

May was the first month of the year that we have really been able to get outside every day. We love living in such a beautiful part of the world, and enjoy taking advantage of what Washington State has to offer. This month, during our recreational program, the Trellis Center was able to go on quite a few hikes to enjoy nature. One great hike we went on was to Lake Easton State Park where we enjoyed the weather by taking a hike around Lake Easton. This hike lead us through wooded areas as well us up to a bridge over the water. We were also given the great opportunity to visit the Central Washington University greenhouses. While we are used to our own greenhouses full of herbs and vegetables, the CWU greenhouses were a fun adventure through tropical plants and cacti. We also got to meet some of CWU’s exotic animals such as Snorkel the tortoise and many different kinds of snakes, including a rattle snake. We all enjoyed our trip to the CWU greenhouses and meeting such unique animals. A special thank you to Dr. Mary Paulson and the staff of the Department of Biological Sciences for such a fun visit.

The Iron Horse Brewery hosted a pint night fund raiser for the Trellis Center at the end of May. The pint night was a great opportunity to raise money and awareness for the Trellis Center. We would like to thank everyone who came out and participated in the pint night and raffle that evening. It was a great success. We also want to thank the Iron Horse Brewery for donating a free growler and growler fill for that raffle. As well as a big thank you to Muff and Dan Heffernan for donating an Xbox One and Kinect for the raffle.

The beginning of May also brought the beginning of the farmer’s market season. This meant we were able to get out into our garden beds and transplant our vegetable starts from our greenhouses which we seeded in April. We are excited to see our plants already beginning to produce our first harvest. We have been and will continue to sell vegetables, herbs, and plant starts at the Kittitas County Farmer’s Market. If you were not able to visit us at the market in May we will be attending the Farmer’s Market on June 13th and 27th. 

As always, thank you to all who support the Trellis Center. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer with us, please contact us by email at contact@thetrelliscenter.com or by phone at (509)-968-4040.

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April Newsletter

The beginning of spring marks a new cycle of work and preparation for many small farmers, and it was no different at Trellis in the month of April. April was a particularly busy month for us, as the warm weather meant increased work and preparations in our garden beds, and brought several visitors to the ranch. This month we welcomed the Clipped Wings group, the Warner family, and the Madison House Foundation for informational tours around the ranch. We love getting the opportunity to host these tours as they allow us share our program with others so they can see all of the hard work and dedication put in by our participants on a daily basis, and see the Trellis Center mission of helping adult entrepreneurs on the Autism spectrum in practice.

The arrival of warmer weather and spring meant that we had a lot of work to do in order to prepare our garden beds for planting, and our first Farmer’s Markets in May. We spent time this month planning our garden beds and growing new plants in our greenhouses to later be transplanted out to the beds. With the first farmer’s market date set, all of the participants at Trellis spent April working hard to produce plant starts of all kinds including tomatoes, lavender, beets, radishes, and herbs to sell to the local community. We also prepared our pepper patch by adding fresh organic compost and making mounds to begin growing peppers for Mama Lil’s Peppers; a wonderful company that has been a major supporter Trellis.  We were also able to create a space to grow watermelon, spaghetti squash, and pumpkins in the later summer and early fall.

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April also brought our recreation program some good opportunities for growth and learning. In preparation for the farmer’s market season, the participants at Trellis continued to practice their math skills, specifically focusing on money and coin values. We were also able to spend more time outside in April going on several hikes in Cle Elum, Ellensburg, and the surrounding area. One notable hike that we went on this month was visiting the Ginko Pentrified State Forest in Vantage, WA. The forest is home to a national reserve of fossilized trees as well as beautiful interpretive trails to hike all along the Columbia River. We were also able to meet Keiran Marquette, Mrs. Kittitas County this month and took photographs in her booth. We wish Keiran all the best on her journey to become Mrs. Washington and be able to progress to the Mrs. America pageant.

 

Don’t forget to visit us at the Kittitas County Farmer’s Market, we will be there on May 2nd, 16th and 30th. As always, if you have any questions about the program or would like to volunteer at Trellis, please contact us at (509)-968-4040 or send us an email at contact@thetrelliscenter.com.

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March Newsletter

The month of March means the beginning of Spring and a time for growth. This was very representative of the mood around Trellis this month, as we not only welcomed the beginning of a new season, but also welcomed new participants to join us on a long-term basis. The arrival of new participants to the program allows Trellis to provide a supportive and therapeutic environment for all of our participants and continue to support adults on the Autism spectrum as they pursue self-employment. Part of that support this month has been to prepare our garden beds and pepper patch for the growing season ahead. This has included adding fresh compost to our garden beds, purchasing seeds, and starting those seeds in the green houses. Despite it still being March, everyone is excited to see the seeds begin to sprout, knowing that in a few months we will be selling the vegetables these plants produce to our community members at the Farmer’s Market. The month of March also welcomed three piglets to the Sunridge Ranch, which we love taking care of and watching grow during the Spring and Summer.

          The month of March was also very rewarding in terms of our recreational activities as the beginning of Spring meant we could spend more time outside. This lead to several hikes throughout the area, allowing participants to explore and gain an appreciation of the different sights and landscapes here in Central Washington. We also celebrated St. Patrick’s Day this month. Celebrations included a writing and art project in which we asked participants to describe what they felt they were lucky to have in their lives, as well as a scavenger hunt in which the staff hid clues throughout the property and ended with each of the participants finding a gift from the Trellis staff to them. This month we also went to a Central Washington University men’s baseball game and cheered on the wildcats as they beat Whitman College. We also celebrated Tyler’s birthday this month as he turned 29. We are so thankful to have Tyler be a part of our program and were happy to celebrate with him before he went home to visit his family.

          We would like to thank everyone for their continued support of the Trellis Center, and all of its participants. If you have any questions about the program or would like to volunteer at Trellis, please contact us at (509)-968-4040.

February Newsletter

February was a very exciting month for all of us at Trellis as we continued to work and learn throughout our day. This month we welcomed back Ben who made his final move from Portland, Oregon to join us in Ellensburg. This month we continued to work hard in our greenhouses, taking care of the fresh herbs and vegetables that we are growing. Some nicer Winter weather also meant we got to spend more time outside beginning to care for our garden beds, cleaning them out of winter debris and preparing them for planting later in the Spring and Summer. We are proud of our participants’ ability to be actively engaged in the entire life cycle of the herbs and vegetables that we grow at Trellis. From seeding the plants, to nurturing them until they are ready to be harvested and sold to local restaurants, each of our participants is getting to be fully engaged in growing nourishing and healthy food that will be used by restaurants to feed their fellow community members.

In terms of our recreational activities, we were engaged in several different projects throughout the month. We continue to build and work on continuing the education of all our participants at Trellis, encouraging continued growth in math, reading, writing, and in exploring different creative outlets like music, drawing, painting, and other art projects. Our community service project this month was a trip to the Habitat for Humanity store in Ellensburg, helping them organize different merchandise around the store and packaging other items to be shipped to different locations. One recreational activity we did this month was two field trips to Gallery One, where participants first sculpted their own masks, and then decorated them. We are expecting to pick up the masks in the middle of March and will be sure to show off the finished projects on our Facebook page. Another activity for us was celebrating the birthdays of two our participants, as Jake turned 30 and Ben turned 22 in February. We did a shared birthday party going out to lunch in Yakima, and then going to see the movie Paddington in theaters. It was a fun and relaxing day for everyone at Trellis, and we were grateful to be able to join Ben and Jake for their birthday celebrations.

All of us continue to grow and learn at Trellis, and we are excited for the upcoming Spring months as we begin planting and growing outside of the greenhouses. If you have any questions about the program or would like to volunteer at Trellis, please contact us at (509)-968-4040.