Bright and early on June 6, Team Depot got busy weeding, digging and planting the organic summer garden behind Second Wind Retreat. Last year, Home Depot - Blue Ridge donated and employees volunteered to build and fill eight beautiful raised garden beds. This year, Home Depot donated plants, seeds, additional soil, garden fence and posts. After five hours of work, Team Depot volunteers stood back to admire the completely planted garden filled with herbs, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, beans, carrots, peas, sunflowers and more - plus a beautiful garden fence was installed to help keep out our persistent woodland critters. A big thank you to Sharron, Leslie, Theresa, Dirk and Ginnie! Nobody on earth works harder than Team Depot volunteers. Last year's garden got rave reviews from our SW guests, many of whom had never had access to a garden. With the new plantings - and the new fence - we're expecting an even bigger crop for summer 2013.
One breezy Sunday in October, Kathy Poodiac rounded up more than a dozen of her oncology patients for a leaf-peeping drive to the North Georgia Mountains - and a lovely afternoon at Second Wind. An Oncology Physician Assistant with over 20 years of experience, Kathy prepared a delicious, healthy lunch then gave everyone the chance to visit with each other and explore Second Wind and its natural surroundings. It was a fun and inspiring day that gave Kathy's patients a break from dealing with illness, with the chance to just enjoy the beautiful, colorful season.
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This year, Second Wind Retreat guests will enjoy fresh veggies grown right in the Retreat's own back yard, thanks to the efforts of The Home Depot of Blue Ridge and Team Depot volunteers. They arrived bright and early on April 10th to install six large custom-made cedar boxes, soil and river pebble walkways.
All materials were donated by the Blue Ridge Home Depot, including natural cedar for the boxes, tons of garden soil to fill them and plants, as well as landscaping fabric, hardware, landscaping timbers and river pebbles for the walkways around the between the boxes.
The time and expertise to construct the garden was donated by Team Depot members, who volunteered to design the garden, build the cedar boxes, level the ground and even install a piped watering system with cut-off valves at each box. Ten Team Depot volunteers as well as ten additional volunteers from the community worked to complete all the digging, leveling, lining, lifting, filling, and spreading of walkway rock.
Dairy Queen of Blue Ridge and Papa's Pizza donated lunch and snacks for the hard-working volunteers, and by mid-afternoon, the empty Retreat back yard was transformed into an expertly designed and installed organic garden ready for planting. Our sincere thanks go to Home Depot and all our volunteers, for a beautiful raised bed vegetable garden that our guests will enjoy throughout the growing season!