CRC clients have been growing in confidence and growing oversized vegetables, with the CRC’s horticultural ITO course members engaging in some friendly competition to produce the biggest pumpkin.
Seven residents and staff members from CRC joined in the contest, with the winner’s pumpkin weighing in at an impressive 14.5 kg. The winner’s trophy was dedicated to much-loved team member Jamie Hack who died suddenly during last years’ lockdown.
As participants in CRC’s ITO course for residents, clients manage vegetable gardens and learn to grow delicious fresh produce which is then donated to local community organisations. Residents learn to cultivate the garden beds, prepare seeds, germinate and care for the plants right through to harvest.
Trainer Brent Treleaven and Lou Hardy provide support and guidance to the clients who attend the course, and it’s these dedicated team members who come up with innovative ideas like the pumpkin growing competition.
The residents etched their names into the seeds before planting them so that as they grew, their names appeared on the skin of the pumpkin. The event proved to be great fun, and residents were proud to show off the fruits of their labour.