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Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador taking garden beds to the people

Participants have been working hard recently to put together planting beds that the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador will be selling to the public. Working on one of the projects is (from left) Gordon Drover, Riley Petite and Hayley Moore all under the watchful eye of Jeff Ronan, project co-ordinator for ASNL.
Participants have been working hard recently to put together planting beds that the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador will be selling to the public. Working on one of the projects is (from left) Gordon Drover, Riley Petite and Hayley Moore all under the watchful eye of Jeff Ronan, project co-ordinator for ASNL. - Sam McNeish

A group of participants are making a difference at the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador (ASNL).
This team, that works each day at the ASNL, has started a project as part of the Good Roots Gardening initiative.
“We have been busy putting together two types of beds for people throughout this region to take and erect in their backyards,’’ Jeff Ronan, the projects lead said.
“Our Mobile Gardening Team provides indoor plant care to a number of organizations and we are now taking orders for ready-to-plant garden beds, to be delivered to your home or business,” he added.
Ronan said the enterprise helps to provide skill development and work experience for people living on the autism spectrum.
The Sow & Grow initiative that is being offered is for a ready to plant garden beds delivered to your property.
Included is a trio of seed packages for Jiggs Dinner (cabbage, parsnip, carrot, beet, rutabaga and onion), Leafy Greens (Kale, Arugula, three types of lettuce and green onion) and an Herb Garden (parsley, cilantro, oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage and dill).
For $250, you can get a 3’x7’ bed or for $300 you can get a 4’x8’ bed.
If you’d like to contact our Mobile Gardening team or order a ready-to-plant garden bed, please call us at 709-722-2803 or email goodroots@autism.nf.net.
We’re also on Instagram @goodrootsgardening.
At present, the Good Roots Gardening social enterprise operates 36 beds, 11 berry gardens, a vegetable garden, a greenhouse and an orchard all located at the ASNL’s provincial headquarters.
“We supply the Pantry Café & Catering with fresh produce and we sell flowers, crafts and edibles to the public,’’ Ronan said.
The ASNL is a provincial, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to fostering the development of individualized, lifelong, community-based supports and services for persons with autism spectrum disorder.
The organization is committed to the promotion of acceptance, independence, productivity and opportunities for inclusion in all facets of life for persons with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

samuel.mcneish@thetelegram.com

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