GEAR Gardens designed to cultivate individual skills, employability, crops

Seeds have been planted at the new Gahanna Employability and Adult Readiness (known as GEAR) Gardens in Jefferson Township, with the hope to harvest independence and employability skills for students with disabilities who are ages 18-21.

“We’ve planted pumpkins, sunflowers, and are starting a pollinator garden,” said Corinne Fields, coordinator of Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools’ special education. “We’re anticipating having the gardens be a worksite for our students this coming school year and will be holding a pumpkin and sunflower sale in September.”

She said the primary goals of GEAR Gardens are to improve student independence and employability skills while also helping students effectively communicate and feel confident in a variety of social settings.

A project manager is being sought to guide the project, preferably someone in the construction industry, possibly someone retired, said Tricia Twigg, GJ’s community-relations and outreach coordinator.

Anyone who is interested in the position should email Twigg at twiggt@gjps.org or call 614-416-0298.

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