Joan France had two passions: reading and gardening.
She also played a big role in Redwood’s history, as one of the organization’s first volunteers. Joan was part of our beginning and shortly after she passed, her children wanted to do something that would allow her memory to live on in a place that meant so much to her.
When they learned that we had recently opened a library and wanted to start a hydroponics program to teach clients about growing plants, they found a way to support both. The family donated enough money for us to buy our first hydroponics unit and the remainder was designated for new books and equipment for the library.
The manufacturer, Fork Farms, donated a curriculum, which the organization can use to teach children and adults about gardening and the science behind it so adult clients can maintain the unit. We will also use the vegetables grown in the hydroponics unit in the cafeteria where clients can enjoy the fruits of their labor – literally!
The goal is to eventually purchase three to five more units and be able to sell the produce through our social enterprise, Goods at the Woods.
We are grateful to the children of Joan France for making our dream of hydroponics come true and for the support of our library.