Learning Garden Beds unveiled on “KIDS in Distress” Campus

For Immediate Release

From: Equality Garden Club

Date: June 8, 2020

Contact: Chuck Nicholls

Phone: (954) 803-9176

Email: canick9@icloud.com

Contact: Gary Petonke

Phone: (954) 683-7079

Email: gpetonke@yahoo.com

Website: http://www.equalitygardenclub.com/home.html


Learning Garden Beds unveiled on “KIDS in Distress” Campus


A big day with the kids, planting vegetables, seeds and marigold flowers in raised beds. The project is sponsored by a $3,500 grant from The Equality Garden Club (EGC). The program will provide the children a hands-on program, with the goal of growing and producing their own food and then getting to eat what they grow. Learning a skill like growing vegetables and plants will be helpful in the children’s overall development.

Special thanks to Jon Albee and Stacy Brown of the Urban Farming Institute, Kevin Bochenek, Director of Educational Services of Kids in Distress and Chuck Nicholls, EGC project organizer, and Niki Joannou of the EGC. These waist high beds were designed by staff members from the Urban Farming Institute, of Oakland Park, FL. They are great for children, the handicapped, along with wheel chair bound.

According to Mark Dhooge, President/CEO Kids in Distress: “We are so appreciative that the Equality Garden Club recognizes that vision we would like to instill in our children. We believe significantly in teaching our kids sustainability from both gardening and environmental perspectives and it is my hope that forging a partnership with the Equality Garden Club will further that vision!” Chuck Nicholls from the garden club has been the organizer for the project.

About Kids in Distress

Kids in Distress of Broward and Palm Beach counties (KID) is a licensed nationally accredited agency working for the prevention of child abuse, preservation of the family, and the treatment of abused and neglected children

About Equality Garden Club

Equality Garden Club is a 501(c)3, non-profit garden club, based in Wilton Manors, FL. The club meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Wilton Manors Hagen Park Community Center, providing world-class speakers to educate and entertain the membership. Additionally the club host’s the popular annual Tropical Plant Fair in March at Richardson Park, in Wilton Manors.


Kevin Bochenek Director of Educational Services at Kids in Distress, standing alongside phase two of the project. Phase two included an installation of an irrigation system, new gutters for the greenhouse and filling the free standing flower beds with soil.

Examining and explaining the plants.
Volunteers and students planting.
Chuck Nicholls Project Organizer.

All children included in these photos have releases on file at KIDS in Distress.


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