Reid Health, Ivy Tech agriculture program to receive excellence award
From left: Justin Witter, Jerry Stamper, Autumn Sharp, Kris Ankeny and Beth Treaster.
A partnership between Reid Health and Ivy Tech Richmond's agriculture program is being recognized with an Award for Excellence by the Governor's Workforce.
recognition, to be presented in Indianapolis on Feb. 18, is for a collaboration
between Reid Health's Food & Nutrition Services department and Ivy Tech
involving Reid programs that offer student produce for sale. Among them is
Reid's "Fresh Friday" event, a seasonal program offering fresh, locally grown
produce for sale in the Café at Twelve Hundred on Reid's main campus, 1100 Reid
buys the produce from Ivy Tech students, who grow their products either
conventionally or hydroponically in the school's greenhouse. The Reid Health
Wellness Department also worked with the Ivy Tech program to have a "Grab N'
Grow" Spring event where students grew vegetable bedding plants that were sold
at Reid. Students and faculty were on hand to answer questions, and employees
who bought plants earned wellness points that can be used to get gift cards and
other items. The program will be repeated this Spring.
from the programs are used to buy equipment and supplies for the student
greenhouse. "This collaboration is a great win-win for Ivy Tech and Reid
Health," said Kris Ankeny, Director of Food & Nutrition Services at Reid
Governor's Workforce notification said the program "has resulted in a strategic
partnership recognized for its exceptional outcomes in preparing Career and
Technical Education students for continued postsecondary education and future