Grass makes future greener for Polk training center - FOX 13 News

Grass makes future greener for Polk training center

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LAKE ALFRED (FOX 13) -

It takes enormous amounts of greenery to landscape Orlando's theme parks. Where does come from? One place is hidden away in Lake Alfred, probably a place you wouldn't expect: the Polk Training Center for Handicapped Citizens.

It provides training and jobs for people with challenges after the leave school.

A few years ago, the center was in dire straits financially. The money coming in from selling plants just wasn't cutting it.

"We had to figure out a way to turn it around," or the Center was going to close its doors, President of the Board, Charlie Lake, told FOX 13.

When things looked especially dim, someone on the board began talking to someone who works at one of Orlando's theme parks about, "what if?"

That led to the park, which we can't name, giving the Center a contract and 40 pots of grass. They didn't have any experience with growing grass, but new the life of the Center depended on them learning quickly.

"If we had any hope, it was going to be that contract," Executive Director Sherrie Holbrook said. Thankfully, their hope was realized. From the 40 plants, they produced 10,000.

They just got a new contract and a new truck to haul the grass over to the attraction.

Holbrook says it is not like the Center is on solid financial ground quite yet, but the future looks greener than ever before.

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