Working with Brooks employees, Theresa Schrantz (L), and Janice Brown (R), for the past few years, Tino has helped create an “urban garden” in the hospital’s rear parking lot, and offers professional planting advice based on experience with his family farm in Naples.
In an effort to promote consumption of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, a group of employee volunteers recently planted a variety of peppers, tomatoes and eggplant. Members of the gardening team are responsible one day each week to water and otherwise cultivate the delicate plantings. Newly planted marigolds are used as a natural form of pest control.
Last year, the colorful and fragrant garden produced ingredients for healthy, home-made salsa and included a variety of tomatoes and peppers, onions, cilantro, basil and garlic. Mangia!