VIDEO HERE: Growing awareness of abilities, not disabilities

SUNBURY – A very dedicated group is hoping to help the community by planting fresh vegetables in raised garden beds in Sunbury.  The Self Advocates of Northumberland County were working hard recently planting next to the Degenstein Community Library.

Brian Habermehl is the coordinator of the Self Advocates, “We are planting with groups of Head Start children.  We are planting potatoes, onions, flowers and all sorts of vegetables that the community can use.  We are so excited to be at the Seeds of Freedom Garden.”

The garden allows people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to help plant, with wheelchair accessible raised gardens and other helpful tools.

Volunteers throughout the area, such as Rita Helwig, assist as well, “We as a world need to stop putting labels on people and start seeing people with different abilities, not disabilities.”

The Self Advocates of Northumberland County are a group sponsored by Parent To Parent Connections of Sunbury.  They have another garden in Shamokin.  Last year, they grew over 70 pounds of produce, which was given to the community. (Sara Bartlett)

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