Last year, Dr. Robert Gallagher, independent agricultural consultant, approached Thornwell with an idea. In collaboration with Thornwell Home for Children and Presbyterian College, he proposed using the existing greenhouse at Thornwell to sprout seedlings and then host a Plant Sale as a community service and to raise funds.
On Saturday, March 23rd from 9am-3pm (rain or shine), Thornwell is hosting a Plant Sale on campus just in front of the Dining Hall next to the Home of Peace. There are approximately 5,000 seedlings ready for sale with close to 50 varieties of organic and generic vegetables to choose from.
The Plant Sale is part of an effort to support cottage-based garden sites that provide fresh and healthy food for the cottage families. The Thornwell children have loved getting their “hands dirty” planting and cultivating the plants and learning about greener living. The whole process has been an amazing educational opportunity for the cottage families in home-based vegetable production.
But this is more than just a plant sale – it’s a fun family event! The 2013 Seedlings of Thornwell committee has been hard at work not only preparing and maintaining the plants for the March 23rd event, but also planning a host of fun things to do while you’re there.
And while you peruse the assortment of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, kale, spinach, okra, cucumber, squash, beans and several others, you can enjoy the sounds of live music provided by local musician, Hunter Holmes. Additionally, there will be baked goods and BBQ for sale, and lots of activities for the kids including corn hole, petting zoo, face painting and more!