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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.