Woodward Academy halps at Blackmer Farm

Staff Writer
Tri-County Times
Students put up fencing as trellis for tomatoes and pole beans. Contributed photo

The record-setting heat wave did not stop the volunteers from Woodward’s Academy’s Delta Company from helping multiple times over the last week. Due to the holiday weekend, graduations and high temperatures, we only had one die-hard volunteer show up on our open Saturday. Despite the lower than normal attendance on Saturday, the volunteers from Delta helped us stay on track over the holiday weekend.

Woodward Academy is a Joint Commission (JCAHO) accredited program that opened on the campus of the Woodward Resource Center on July 10, 1995. Today, Woodward Academy is a 248-bed residential treatment program for male youth. Woodward Academy offers three different residential programs. One of their programs is Delta Company, which is a 90-day, highly structured program, working with students from 13 to 18 years of age.

The students provide community service in variety of manners to help the surrounding communities. They started helping the Iowa Gardening for Good last fall and have provided service five times so far this season. They have been a real asset each time they have come, but their positive attitude during the record heat was especially impressive. They transplanted over 1,000 plants, planted about a 1/4 mile of zucchini, pounded posts and put up fencing for trellis on over 700 row-feet.

The Iowa Gardening for Good is a nonprofit that grows food to donate to food pantries in Iowa. We are located between Madrid and Slater and always looking for volunteers. We are open every Saturday for any volunteers that want to help, or groups can be scheduled by appointment on other days. For more information, people can go to our website at https://www.iowagardeningforgood.com/.