In the past few months, Kingwood’s own Village Learning & Achievement Center has been working to keep it’s community garden growing in the heat of the summer. The garden, which consists of produce of all types, has been around for eight years now. It revolves around the help of volunteers and Village members to maintain it. The residents and community members of the center, called “Villagers,” have the ability to work in the Village Garden alongside volunteers. The volunteers usually come from local churches, Boy Scout troops, and National Charity League chapters, but they welcome help from anyone willing to work. Chris Arceneaux is the head volunteer, and he and his wife, Leslie Arceneaux, devote much of their time to the garden. It consists of 1,000 square-feet of raised beds, which helps with water drainage. There are a variety of things growing in the garden, including melons, eggplants, onions, and even some citrus. “We really took the time to build it up and make it into something we could use with our Villagers,” said Michele Dykstra, a Village administrator. “We wanted to provide the residents with fresh produce that they worked to grow ... This is their home, so we involve them in almost everything that has to do with the garden,” said Dykstra. The produce from the garden goes to the Village at Stoney Glen, which is where 16 full-time residents live with assisted care. The residents get to help make menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner that incorporate what they are growing at the time. At one point, the garden produced so much that they were even able to sell some of the fruits and vegetables at the Kingwood Farmer’s Market. Recently though, according to Dykstra, they have been unable to do this because of issues with weather affecting how much will grow. In the future, they hope to be able to get involved with the Farmer’s Market again, Dykstra said. The Village offers a place for people with special needs to enjoy their time. They have day programs, classes and an assisted living community with full-time residents. There are four locations in Kingwood, each with different amenities and programs. The Village Garden is open to the public for visiting between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and is located at the Village at Stoney Glen, 2225 Stoney Glen Drive. Photo: Volunteer Victoria Bailey works in the garden at the Village Learning & Achievement Center in Kingwood. Photo by Jacqueline Rivera

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