Thanks to a generous grant from the Phillips Charitable Foundation, Inc. contractors broke ground this summer at Langton Green Community Farm to build a new sustainable wash station. The new wash station is located near the farm’s recently renovated rancher. Langton Green received a $28,200 grant from The Phillips Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Hub of Activity & Learning
On every farm, small or large, a wash station is a hub of essential activity –including produce loading, washing, and storage. At Langton Green Community Farm, a 13-acre sustainable farm in Millersville, Md., a washstand is also a center for learning, a place where the individuals who work at the farm can learn new job skills. The Farm’s vocational training program offers adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who choose to work at the farm a chance to find independence and meaning in their lives.
“We are deeply grateful to the Phillips Charitable Foundation, Inc. for making it possible for us to build a new wash station,” says John Iaquinta, Director of Operations at Langton Green.
“On a small-scale farm like ours, having a sustainable wash station is essential. It’s a hub – where harvested produce can be loaded, washed, packaged and moved as needed to our renovated rancher for cold storage. This is a sustainable farm and the new wash station design will also allow us to re-use water to irrigate our greenhouse crops.” The new wash station will likely be operational by fall – in time for harvesting produce!
Building New Job Skills
The individuals who work at Langton Green Farm will learn “best practices” for wash station management and build new job skills.
The Langton Green Community Farm prides itself on a robust vocational training program for individuals at Langton Green. These individuals work side-by-side with staff and volunteers – growing together.
“On a small-scale farm like ours, having a sustainable wash station is essential. It’s a hub – where harvested produce can be loaded, washed, packaged and moved as needed to our renovated rancher for cold storage.” – John Iaquinta, Director of Operations.
Langton Green is committed to guiding individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) to live the lives they choose with the highest degree of independence.
Construction began this summer on a new sustainable wash station at the Langton Green Community Farm.