An early summertime vibe of happiness is in the air all around ADEC now that waiver clients have been able to return to our day centers, transportation vehicles and in-person therapies. While things are figuratively growing again, the skills and training center clients were literally growing things on Tuesday.


Safety precautions forged from social distancing measures won’t allow clients to do their weekly baking and cooking vocational activity. Employment services program manager Monica Davis had an idea for an alternative learning activity.


Knowing that the planting boxes behind ADEC Industries were going unused, Davis brought seeds and the clients that way on a warm sunny day and filled the boxes up. All summer long the clients will be able to watch their seeds grow into tomatoes, yellow peppers, jalapeño peppers, eggplant, lettuce, cucumbers, green beans, lettuce and a variety of flowers.


Once they start to sprout, Davis expects the weekly activity to soon include skill training to construct the tomato cages and other mechanical tasks like repairing the boxes themselves and adding trellises to the garden.


As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Their cooking time isn’t possible right now, but soon enough ADEC’s skills and training center clients will be cooking with a lot more than just lemons.