Greenhouse being built for Saba senior citizens | THE DAILY HERALD

Construction of the new greenhouse next to A.M. Edwards Medical Center in The Bottom.
SABA–The construction of a new greenhouse has started adjacent to A.M. Edwards Medical Center in The Bottom. The greenhouse will be completely wheelchair-accessible for clients of LIFE Center, a programme for senior citizens.

  Commissioner of Healthcare and Agriculture Rolando Wilson, head of the Planning Bureau Bobby Zagers and Planning Bureau project manager Evita Pronk visited the location on Thursday to take a look at the 22×12-foot greenhouse being built by Donisa Construction.

  The construction should be completed by the end of March. The wooden structure will have netting on the side so wind can pass through it, and a plastic roof. The shelves on which the plants will be placed will be at wheelchair-user height. A ramp has already been put in place by Work Monster, which also poured the foundation.

  The on-site cistern will be used to water the plants, mostly vegetables such as lettuce, sweet peppers, Chinese cabbage, chives and kale. The clients will determine what plants they want to grow and will each have their assigned space.

  The benefits of this project are multiple, said Commissioner Wilson. “This will help to keep the clients of LIFE Center healthy, strong and active,” he said.

  LIFE Center is linked to Benevolent Foundation, which runs the senior citizens’ home located next to the medical centre.

  The greenhouse project is financed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science OCW, the public entity Saba and Benevolent Foundation.

  A similar greenhouse has also been constructed at Sacred Heart Primary School for children to grow their own vegetables.

Source: The Daily Herald