Families in Transition – New Horizons Hosts Permaculture Design Workshop



September 18, 2014

For more information, contact: Michele Talwani – 603.61.1143 ex.322



Attendees will transform a vacant, inner city lot into a garden for homeless families


MANCHESTER, NH – Families in Transition – New Horizons (FIT), a Manchester, Concord and Dover, NH, based homeless services provider, is hosting a Permaculture Garden Design Workshop. Attendees will create a design plan for FIT’s new “Hollows Community Garden and Learning Center” located in Manchester, NH. The garden will grow fruits and vegetables to provide fresh, home cooked meals for the residents at the organizations soon-to-be-built emergency family shelter.


The workshop will start on the evening of Friday, November 7, and during days of Friday, Saturday, Monday and, November 10, at 177 Lake Ave, Manchester, NH. Led by certified and experienced permaculture instructors and landscape designers, attendees will be guided through the process of designing a sustainable, productive garden space that integrates landscape design, gardening, and community empowerment. With this knowledge, attendees will collaborate to create and draw the design plan of FIT’s new garden. All members of the community are invited to attend.


“The Hollows Community Garden and Learning Center will help reduce the high level of food insecurity in Manchester’s vulnerable homeless population,” said Maureen Beauregard, FIT President and Founder. “Additionally, it will provide critical education and resources to help families achieve sustainable food access and cultivate lifelong, healthy behaviors and self-sufficiency.”


Cost to participate in the workshop is $199 and registration ends on Friday, October 24. Participants will also be awarded a certification of participation at the conclusion of the workshop. To register, sponsor, or to get more information, go to www.fitnh.org/gardendesign  or call 603.641.1143 ext. 327.


Families in Transition – New Horizons is a nonprofit organization that provides safe, affordable housing and social services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. FIT also owns and operates two thrift stores in Manchester and Concord, NH, as well as a commercial cleaning company, FIT Cleaning Solutions, all of which serve as economic engines to help pay for services that FIT provides. For more information about FIT, the workshop, the stores, and the commercial cleaning company, visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.



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