Eykings donate greenhouse to L?Arche Cape Breton
The goodness of one’s heart was married to the goodness of the earth on Thursday of last week as the new greenhouse donated to L’Arche Cape Breton from the Eyking family was officially unveiled.
Gail MacNeil who supervises the work in the gardens which provide vegetables for L’Arche said the greenhouse is a wonderful size at 24 by 72 feet.
Even the sides of the greenhouse go up and down automatically depending on the weather.
She said the greenhouse is divided into three sections.
The back section is grow-in-the ground organic with compost and topsoil enough for ten beds.
There are even grapevines.
The middle section is the benched portion, donated by Janice and Lloyd Morrison, and will be used for growing vegetables and flowers.
The front section will be the meeting place where people can meet in a beautiful setting and battle the SAD.
The core members and counsellors will all be able to work in the greenhouse which will carry a lot of therapy within its plastic walls.
MacNeil praised Vincent Dierras of Halifax Seed for his help in getting the greenhouse in operation and Thom Oommen for his invaluable contribution.
The apples were being crushed into cider, and the drink was well appreciated by all who attended the opening on such a warm fall day.
MacNeil added that sustainability is very important to L’Arche, and with the focus on growing local it cuts down on the cost of fruit and vegetables.
“The Eykings have helped us live our mandate,” she added.
Josie MacEachern, development officer for L’Arche, welcomed the large crowd to this important day.
She said this state-of-the-art greenhouse will provide meaningful work for those who live their lives together at L’Arche, and she praised the Eykings for not only the building but for the help in making it a reality.
“They believe a person has the right to meaningful work, and as a family they exemplify this,” she said.
The Eykings said they were happy to be able to help out in this manner and commended the people of L’Arche who worked with them to make it happen.
They called it a project with seeds of growth and seeds of friendship.
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