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.

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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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.

 

January Newsletter

After a Winter break, everyone at the Trellis Center returned home to Ellensburg well rested and ready to work in what turned out to be a busy January. This month we have been able to spend more and more time in our greenhouses taking care of the herbs we have been growing, as well as expanding our crop to include kale, peppermint, and different kinds of lettuces to be sold to restaurants in Ellensburg. With all this activity in the greenhouse, we were able to make another sale to the Yellow Church Cafe in January.

 

January was also a fun month for recreational activities. We have all resumed reading, writing, and math in order to help us with our work. We’ve also spent plenty of time exploring different mediums of art and playing music with Robin in the afternoons. For our community service project this month, the Trellis Center teamed up with HopeSource in Ellensburg to prepare and label hygiene kits for homeless veterans in the Kittitas Valley.

January was also an exciting month as a fundraiser was held to help the Trellis Center raise money to continue to be able to have such a successful program. Our fundraiser was held in Seattle at the Edgewater Hotel where we were lucky enough to be joined by friends, family, and supporters both new and old. We would like to thank everyone who came out and helped us with that fundraiser, and also extend a special thank you to Dalton Electric for sponsoring such a wonderful event.

We hope everyone had a fun and restful holiday, and are as ready as we are to begin 2015 and see what successes, challenges, and joys this new year will bring us all.

 

November Newsletter

November was a very big month for us at Trellis, and we are thankful for all the support we receive from our friends and family. We kept busy supporting our participants as they continue to grow their business, Terravine Growers. Terravine sold fresh herbs and Mama Lil’s peppers at the Ellensburg Holiday Market before Thanksgiving, where Tyler, Riley, and Ramsey made an excellent sales team and impressed customers with the quality of the products they were selling. Our greenhouses also took off this November and allowed Terravine to make their first delivery of fresh produce to a local Ellensburg Restaurant. find owner of a domain They sold fresh arugula, parsley, and cilantro to the Yellow Church Cafe. We deeply appreciate the support they have given us and hope to continue to do business with them and other restaurants in the Kittitas Vallley. Even as we move into the Winter months, Trellis is staying busy with all the growth and continued planting in our greenhouses

For the month of November, Ramsey and Steve joined the Trellis center. We started off the month celebrating Veteran’s Day by going to the Veteran’s Day parade in Yakima. Everyone wrote letters to veterans, and had fun seeing all the different floats and classic cars in the parade. It was also a perfect month to take advantage of some final crisp Autumn days and enjoy different hikes and walks around the central Washington area including the Coal Mine Trail in Cle Elum. To finish the month of November, we took a community outing to focus on what Thanksgiving is all about and gave a donation to the FISH food bank in time for Thanksgiving meals to be prepared for the Ellensburg community. Before Thanksgiving break, we said good-bye to Steve for the time being but were excited to see Brock again in December.

If you were not able to visit us at the first holiday market, we will be there again on December 13th selling fresh basil, cilantro, parsley, sage, thyme, and arugula herb baskets and Mama Lil’s peppers. We want to invite all of our friends, families, and supporters to come visit us at the last holiday market at the Kittitas County fairgrounds.

Again, we at the Trellis Center would like to thank everyone for all the support you continuously provide for us.