Harvesting the "Fruits of Our Efforts"

Christmas tomatoesWe’ve told you before about peer Kenneth Christmas’ talents as a cook. But we have learned another skill Kenneth has – master tomato picker!

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Sumter Sheriff a Favorite Market Patron

Pete SmithSumter County Sheriff Pete Smith is no stranger to Happy Patch Market and Perry Wellness Center, which he visits quite often. Sheriff Smith uses this time to speak to peers at the center and show hisinterest in their progress. While there, the Sheriff takes time to enjoy the current fresh produce at the market.

During a recent visit, Smith made selections from the plentiful displays of ripe red tomatoes (five for $3!). He was met at the counter of Happy Patch by long time professional associate, Rhonda Hubbard. "I think Rhonda has a real gift for greeting customers,” Sheriff Smith noted. “Each time I visit, I am greeted with a smile and welcome. We have developed a unique friendship.”

Later the same day, Sheriff Smith returned to the market to select a bag of freshly shelled peas, and he was again greeted by Rhonda, who began her custom of greeting local dignitaries when she first escorted former first lady Rosalynn Carter around the center’s campus.

Our thanks to Sheriff Pete Smith for his support and patronage!

In the above photo, Sheriff Pete Smith is assisted by Rhonda Hubbard as he selects choice tomatoes from the market.

Peers Harvest and Preserve Garden Produce

Food preservationFor many peers at Perry Wellness Center, the first phase of the Whole Health Action Management Program (WHAM) has concluded with a class in produce canning and preservation. This project began with a grant from Agrium, Inc., providing peers with their own garden plots to practice seed and plant selection, planting, fertilization, watering, and harvesting. For example, individuals learn such gardening techniques as finding the best planting position to permit the best sun exposure. One gardener, Wanda Lyles, volunteered, “I must plot my garden so some of the broader leafed plants will not block the sun from other plants.”

But garden lessons continue even after the plants have left their beds. Peers have recently been harvesting cucumbers, okra, and a variety of peppers from their self-maintained raised gardens. As the garden plots have flourished, peers’ garden education has shifted to preservation procedures.

Mulkey McMichael shared a favorite recipe for okra pickle with the group, explaining, “This was a recipe that my mother enjoyed. I now make these pickles as Christmas gifts to my choir. I thought it would be good to share this recipe as peers harvest their gardens. Many had not heard about or tasted okra pickles.” The recipe will allow peers to save the abundance of okra they have harvested and enjoy it in cooler months. Twelve pints canned by peers from their own campus gardens will be sold at Happy Patch Market this fall, after seasoning for three months.

Jeff Williams, a certified peer specialist and project leader at the center, said, “This project fulfills a part of our WHAM program. We used the project to convey planting, harvesting, healthy eating and giving to others.”

Some of the most important education from the garden project relates to social interactions. “We will encourage peers to preserve other harvests from their garden plots and present them as gifts for Christmas,” Jeff noted. “This project has been fun and will continue with the coming seasons.”

Our continued thanks to Agrium, Inc. for its support of a rewarding project.

In the photo, Kenneth Christmas, Phyllis Smith, Jeff Williams, Marquevius Sapp and Wanda Lyles gather to process okra for pickling

Produce Program Expands to Tazewell

Chris RussellRecently, our readers have been hearing about our expanded outreach efforts at Happy Patch Market. The purpose is not only to share locally grown fresh produce with citizens throughout southwest Georgia – although we enjoy meeting this demand! But we also have found that sharing something as simple as fresh, shelled peas can also share the mission of Perry Wellness Center. As our peers grow and prepare produce for the market and then interact with customers and outside vendors, they provide an important message about recovery and help reduce the stigma of mental illness.

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KARAOKE PARTY CELEBRATES WEEK'S END

Karaoke

You know what they all say about all work and no play. At Perry Wellness Center, we work hard in classes and throughout the campus. But we also make time for fun and fellowship. And nothing says “fun” like a session of karaoke!

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  2. Roll Out the Barrel!
  3. Marketing the Market: Peas for Sale with Area Vendors
  4. It's Tomato Time!
  5. Market Customers Brave HOT Weather
  6. Kenneth Christmas: Master Cook
  7. PWC Supports Sarah Cobb Elementary
  8. It's a Red, White, and Blue Celebration
  9. Newest Campus Creation Offers Helping Hand
  10. "Peas, Peas, I Love Peas!"
  11. The Fine Art of Weeding
  12. 5K WALK/RUN A HEALTHY COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
  13. Agrium Project in Bloom
  14. GSW Student Brings Yoga Practice to PWC
  15. Welcome to New Market Staff
  16. Agrium Planting Project Continues
  17. Grover Thornton Tends to Summer Plants
  18. Chase Farm Corn Arrives!
  19. Smiling Customers Explore Happy Patch Plants
  20. Peer Spotlight: Jeanette Williams
  21. Agrium Garden Project Continues to Grow
  22. Larger Trees Now Available at Market
  23. Mike Harper Shares Planting Talents
  24. Snow Peas for Summer: Nutritional Awareness Promoted at Market
  25. Five Fun Facts about Our Own E.T.!
  26. Bill Perry a Loyal Customer at Market
  27. Adventist Community Services Makes Monthly Donation
  28. New Greenhouse Tribute to Community Involvement
  29. The First Taste of Summer
  30. Noah Cochran Promotes Fitness at PWC
  31. Tennis, Anyone?
  32. At 55, No Speed Limit for Stuart Perry
  33. Service Providers Make Difference in Community
  34. Brad Clark Shares Faith with Others
  35. HIV/AIDS Educator Provides Valuable Information
  36. Arts in the Park a Success
  37. Wagons Ho!
  38. Peer Art Featured at "Arts in the Park"
  39. Executive Tasks: Stuart Perry Goes His Own Way
  40. 10,000 Tab Tops and Counting!
  41. Growing Together/Feeding the World
  42. "Spring Has Sprung" at Market
  43. James Goss Demonstrates Market Cheer & Dedication
  44. Edward Thomas Is Forceful Wellness Advocate
  45. Product Display Is Vital Market Activity
  46. "Knock Out" Roses Fill Happy Patch Market
  47. Seasoned Firewood Available at Discount
  48. Spring Plant Care in Full Swing
  49. Getting Steamed at PWC
  50. Last Pecans of Season Available at Market
  51. Spring Cleaning Takes on New Meaning
  52. Chris Wheeler Joins Market Team
  53. New "European-Style" Greenhouse Nears Completion
  54. Creative Successes Continue at PWC
  55. Spring Brings Color and Market Specials
  56. Sunny Days Promote Outdoor Learning at PWC
  57. PWC Rolls Out Clean Welcome Mat
  58. Crisis Intervention Team Enjoys Campus Visit
  59. Mental Health Moment: Postpartum Depression
  60. Mentoring: Tech-Savvy Peer Makes Strides
  61. A Fond Farewell to Winter Gardening
  62. Artist Jeff Williams Promotes Creative Mentorship at PWC
  63. Pam Perry Involved in Leadership of WHAM Program
  64. Adventist Community Services Continues Food Deliveries
  65. Late Winter Market Blossoms
  66. Art Education, Mentorship Expand
  67. Valentine's Gala Promotes Partnership and Celebration
  68. Creative Display Boards Brighten Campus
  69. Peers & Staff Share Learning & Teaching
  70. Loomwork Creativity on Display
  71. "Peers Helping Peers" Is Heart of PWC
  72. PWC Kitchen Staff Expands
  73. WHAM Participants Enjoy Winter Exercise
  74. Glass Greenhouse to Brighten PWC Campus
  75. Peers Display Unique Creative Designs
  76. Scent of Cedar Fills the Air at PWC
  77. Firewood Is Latest Winter Market Item
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  92. Cheer Up the Blues Almost Here!
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  94. Peer Spotlight: Laurie Hildreth
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