Cortland Acres' High Tunnel is Flourishing

by Katie Teems, NHT AmeriCorps Member

Back in October of 2016, Cortland Acres cut the ribbon on its very own high tunnel green house constructed in collaboration with the WV Department of Agriculture. Cortland Acres started the high tunnel so that residents could have access to fresh vegetables all year long. Cortland Acres' kitchen has a large plot for growing produce, and residents of Pineview Apartments can have their own plots for vegetables and flowers. 

Back in November, the high tunnel looked much different than it does now. If you walk into the high tunnel today, you'll see the green house bursting with vegetables including squash, cabbage, peppers, and tomatoes. Butterflies flutter throughout, and you may spot a happy resident tending to a vegetable plot. 

Before in November 2016

Before in November 2016

After in August 2017

After in August 2017

Mary Mullenax with her beets

Mary Mullenax with her beets

Mary Mullenax, pictured, grows beets, zucchini, red onions, tomatoes, lettuce, and flowers. Mary says that "Cortland High Tunnel is a real blessing! Together we grow much more than vegetables, flowers and herbs—we grow friendship, build community and reap the rewards of shared pride in accomplishments."

Mary says that it's an experiment for her, growing vegetables. Cortland's high tunnel has allowed her a chance to get away to some peace and quiet, she says, where she can feel a sense of accomplishment after seeing her produce flourish. 

Even as the weather outside starts to grow a little colder, Cortland High Tunnel's lush produce will continue to grow and nourish its gardeners in both body and spirit.