Oh! How our Garden Grows!


Eagle Scout Chris with Lakisha Cropped

Eagle Scout Chris Tuosto with Lakisha


Eagle Scout Inspired by Uncle to Enhance Greenhouse Garden

Opengate residents who love working in our greenhouse now have more space for planting, growing and harvesting vegetables thanks to a community service project completed by Eagle Scout Chris Tuosto of Somers.

The 17-year-old presented a proposal to remodel and add space to the vegetable garden behind the Gray residence with raised planters protected by deer fencing.

“This project allowed me to give back to Opengate that has provided a home for my uncle, and others like him, for many years.”

Chris raised money for lumber,soil, seeds, plants, fencing and stakes by hosting a Spaghetti Dinner. Over the course of several weeks, he led a group of Scouts, friends and family who finished the extended vegetable garden.


Seedlings to be planted in the outside garden


“My Eagle project was designed to provide increased opportunity for physical activity and enhance the residents’ lives,” said Chris. “Not only do the gardens provide them with a learning experience about how plants grow and where our food comes from, it offers a way for them to learn responsibility and achieve a sense of satisfaction and pride in their accomplishments by producing food they will eat.”

According to Chief Operating Officer Randi Rios-Castro, residents begin growing vegetables from seed in the greenhouse and then transfer the plants outside. “They monitor the gardens regularly by watering and weeding and, when the vegetables are ready, they harvest.”




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