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Consumers get a green thumb

By By Adrienne McKenzie
Coleus plants and marigolds can be found under the care of consumers of Southwest Alabama Mental Health at the new greenhouse behind the Escambia Activity Center at 100 Martin Luther King Drive.
The greenhouse is the third one in the area built to assist with mental health. The Atmore greenhouse joins Evergreen and Monroeville.
Carrie Fields, employee of the Escambia County Activity Center, which is under Southwest, said that through the greenhouses, the consumers are given the chance to learn how industry is ran.
Fields said the greenhouse has a variety of different plants and they even have experimental projects such as growing vegetables.
According to Beverly Filler with Southwest, individuals from the Brewton activity center come once a week to learn about horticulture.
The consumers from Southwest Alabama Mental Health will ultimately get involved with every aspect of the greenhouse.
For more information about the new greenhouse, call 446-8354.