Day of Caring: Top Crops

By: Kristin Martin
By: Kristin Martin

WARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- Volunteers from Atmos Energy and Connected Nation were at WKU's Ag Farm working on several projects for Top Crops.

"Special needs adults do all the planting, tending, and harvesting," said Bill Greer, one of the founders of Top Crops.

They've been selling produce at the farmers' market for months now.

"It makes me feel happy. I like my friends helping me," said Ginna Greer, who works in the garden.

Volunteers were contributing to continued success Wednesday by building raised garden boxes.

"We're building some planter boxes that are going to be handicap accessible for people in wheelchairs, so they can wheel up right to the box and work on the plants," said Wes Swietek of Connected Nation.

Others worked on a pathway for wheelchairs.

"We've been excavating the dirt and we're putting a pad back so they'll be able to get their wheelchairs and work under the beds," said Anthony Stallins, with Atmos Energy.

Shelving was also put into the tool shed.

"We'll put a bucket with each of their names, and inside that bucket will be gloves, tools, all kinds of stuff," Greer said.

The volunteers know the work they did on the Day of Caring leads to lasting success, as special needs adults and the community realize their full potential.

"To come out here, to see the twinkle in their eyes, the smile on their face. It's easy to see why we have a good turnout," Stallins said.

Greer said without the community's support, the garden wouldn't continue to grow.

Last year, volunteers constructed the high tunnel house and many garden boxes.

You can see and buy produce from the garden on Saturdays at the Community Farmers' Market.


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