CAMBRIDGE — Delmarva Community Services, Inc.'s (DCS) Delmarva Works Greenhouse Project has been granted significant funding from United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development. Manager of Vocational Services at Delmarva Works Nick Grande said, "This will begin the ordering and planting process, now that we know what we have to work with."
Trainee Sam Matthews said, "I'm looking forward to working in the greenhouse and learning new skills."
The staff is putting the final touches on their newly built asset, which will be the centerpiece of DCS' Horticultural Training Center.
Delmarva Works is located at 1000 Goodwill Ave., where individuals with developmental disabilities learn marketable skills. In the past, this often meant completing contract work for local companies, such as packing materials in boxes.
Now, the students will help operate their own business.
"Our individuals will be making wreaths," Mr. Grande said. A table-mounted device for assembling the items, the Craftmaster Wreath-Making Machine, has been selected.
"We can harness this for future business," Mr. Grande said. "It can be used for flowers and dried herbs."
As that aspect of the operation continues, it will generate money to renovate the greenhouse for the production of herbs for culinary and craft use.