Passages Receives Check for High Tunnel

The AWS Foundation presented a check to Passages, Inc. to begin construction of a high tunnel greenhouse near the Creative Learning Center.

According to Rimol Greenhouse Systems, “the term ‘high tunnel’ is a loosely defined phrase for growing fruits and vegetables in greenhouses, although some high tunnels are used for cut flower production. The difference between a High Tunnel and a regular free-standing greenhouse is that high tunnels use Eastpoint, Northpoint and Nor Easter frames, with longer ground posts, to make them ‘high’ tunnels.”

“We are thankful for the generosity of the AWS Foundation to help us get this dream started,” Jason Meyer, President and CEO of Passages said. “We are excited to partner with Purdue Extension and other horticultural experts to get this project off the ground later this fall.”

Research supports many psychological and physical benefits of growing live plants. The team at Passages will add horticultural therapy to the care plans of people served where appropriate.

“Not only will the people we serve be able to engage in educational programming, artistic expression, and music, now they will be able to express themselves in the art of gardening,” Pam Hoyt, Senior Director of Residential and Day Programs said.

Passages is seeking individuals or groups who want to help in the planning, organizing, construction and production needed for the new high tunnel. Please contact Pam Hoyt if you are interested by calling (260) 244-9327, or email her here.