Thanks to the Boaz High School Future Farmers of America (FFA), the beauty of spring has been made much more accessible for residents at Diversicare in Boaz.
After Diversicare Recreation Coordinator Jennifer Morgan reached out to the school for help building a raised, wheelchair-accessible box garden, she said the Boaz FFA Chapter went above and beyond.
“I’m super-thankful for their help,” Morgan said. “Boaz FFA Advisor Will Cole and his students have been awesome to work with. They did a really great job on the raised gardens and delivered them for us too. They’ve just been really great.”
Morgan said the box gardens would be put to use quickly. Residents planted flowers in the front garden on Thursday, and she said vegetables would be planted once the last frost came through.
“I think this gives our residents a little more independence,” she said. “It’s something that they used to do that they can’t really get down in the dirt to do, so this is great for them. And as you can see, they love it, and we’re really excited about it too.”
Cole said his students enjoyed completing the project and look forward to being a help to the community again.
“The students really had fun building them for Diversicare and did a great job with it,” Cole said. ”We have a great group of kids with big hearts. And, anytime there’s something that can be done, they get excited to jump in and help.
“Something I want people to understand is that I think it takes a good agriscience teacher to build a program, but it really takes the good students to make sure that program keeps running,” Cole added. “These kids deserve all the credit for the work they’ve put in.”
Cole was thankful for all of the local sponsors whose donations help make the Boaz FFA Chapter's service possible.