Greenhouses growing more than plants

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Greenhouses and workshops are providing much more than plants and handcrafted furniture for adults in Eastern Kentucky.

Handcrafted wood furniture and three greenhouses filled with various plants, are all constructed and maintained by participants in Mountain Comprehensive Care's Adult Day Training program at Shelby Valley in Pike County.

The program provides a place for adults who face challenges to work and lead fulfilling lives by creating woodwork and growing plants that are then sold to the public.

Program supervisor, Billy Cure explains,"All of our people help grow the plants, water the plants, fertilize the plants. They keep them alive until they are purchased by the customers. It gives them a very rewarding feeling to know they are helping."

Participant, Ollie Thacker says, "I water stuff at the greenhouse, I love it."

Program leaders say their motto is, 'Plants help people grow,' and participants in the program say they not only learn gardening and carpentry skills but also life skills."

Rodney Bryant says, "We learn lots of things and skills. They teach us how to be independent."

Leaders with the non-profit organization say all of the money made from sales goes right back into the program to help their participants. Cure says, "We are always training them and trying to advance them to a career somewhere other than the greenhouse."

Through the skills learned at the center, leaders say their participants are able to achieve their personal goals and dreams.

There are also adult training greenhouse locations with items for sale in Floyd County and Magoffin County.

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