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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2010


    May 24, 2010

    OCVTS Students Help Create Community Gardens
    Jean Sullivian, May 24, 2010

    PHOTO CAPTION: OCVTS students proudly building planting benches for OCEAN, Inc.

    BRICK, NEW JERSEY- Students from the Building Maintenance Program and the Construction Trades Program at the Ocean County Vocational Technical School’s Brick Center are working together to construct 300 benches to be used in a community service project sponsored by Ocean Community Economic Action Now (O.C.E.A.N), Inc. The project will help create community gardens for fifteen senior citizen complexes throughout Ocean County.

    The benches measuring 8 feet long, 1 foot wide and 2 feet high are designed to hold Earthboxcontainer vegetable gardens. The height of the benches allow senior residents to become more involved in gardening projects because it eliminates the need to bend to ground level to care for the plants. With the assistance of Building Maintenance Instructor Gerry Horn and Construction Trades Instructor Sean Moroney, the students designed the plans for the bench construction and then organized an assembly line for production. Mr. Moroney commented, “Our original goal was to build 10 to 12 benches a day but once the students got familiar with the construction they have been building up to 30 benches per day.”

    PHOTO CAPTION: OCVTS students proudly display planting benches built for OCEAN, Inc.

    All building materials were supplied by Ocean, Inc. and delivered to the OCVTS Brick Center. In all 2600 pieces of lumber will be used for the project. “Once we have completed 300 benches, O.C.E.A.N. Inc. will arrange to distribute them throughout the county,” explained Mr. Horn. Then workers from O.C.E.A.N , Inc. will set up the Earthbox gardens and work with the seniors throughout the growing seasons.

    According to their website, “O.C.E.A.N , Inc. works with local, state, and federal government, other agencies, and members of private sector institutions to provide programs and funding to help residents of the community help themselves.” The patented Earthbox gardens were developed by commercial farmers and provide an easy-to-use growing system which will yield fresh vegetables for the residents.

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