FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rachel Uberman
Phone: (360) 402-9414
GARDEN MOVE GIVES YOUTH A FRESH START
[Shelton, WA, December 17, 2018 —Mason General Hospital is growing, necessitating a move of the HOPE Garden, approximately 100-feet to the west, to the corner of Mountain View Lane and Sherwood Drive. HOPE staff have spent weeks harvesting, transferring plants to pots and moving as much as possible to the new location. “Mason General Hospital has been amazing,” said Lindsey Parkinson, grant writer at HOPE. The hospital has offered support by providing the new location, with ample lawn, new soil, wood chips, fencing and other resources.
Rachel Uberman, executive director at HOPE, plans for the new space to be a demonstration garden. She would like it to be included in local garden tours and offer healthy opportunities for community members, such as yoga classes, picnics and workshops on cooking and gardening. In all, HOPE will have four gardens: the hospital garden, along with elementary school gardens at Bordeaux, Evergreen and eventually Mountain View. Students participating in HOPE’s high school programming will have access to all of these gardens. With the help of HOPE board members, Chris Gill and Katrinka Hibler, students will play a key role in designing the new space.
Uberman also credited Shelton Schools with their continued support of the program, which has helped impact a greater number of youth in the community. “The school district has been instrumental. Without their support, we would not be able to continue our work,” she said. “I see our relationship continuing to grow in the coming years.”
Volunteer work party by Rachel Uberman
HOPE Garden Project offers school and summer programming to Mason County youth. These programs center around vegetable gardening, healthy cooking, entrepreneurship and community engagement.