The PHS Green Resource Center at Farm Park is expected to become operational in spring and will include a teaching farm, a greenhouse powered in part by solar energy, a seedling shade area, a wash station, a pavilion for public programming, pollinator gardens, and community garden beds.
Workforce development opportunities will also be provided in conjunction with YWCA Tri-County Area.
Utilizing funding provided by Montgomery County CARES Act Food Security Assistance and Workforce Development Program, the new resource center will support a county-wide effort to engage and support gardeners to produce more food for themselves and their neighbors.
This is especially important in 2020 when the number of residents who are facing food insecurities in Montgomery County has risen to 11.1 percent due to the pandemic.
“This new (PHS) program will increase food sovereignty for participants, their families, and their communities while also providing tools for job training and self-reliance for the future,” said Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners Chair.