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 email@example.com or by phone at (509)-968-4040.