OTTUMWA-The Wapello County Foundation awarded a $12,500 grant to Tenco in the fall of 2016, to assist in the purchase of a tractor and selected pieces of equipment to raise vegetables on the grounds adjacent to the 4-Bay Hydroponic Greenhouse in Wapello County. Their gift was matched by gifts from a Tenco benefactor ($10,000) and the Tenco Foundation ($2,500).
Equipment purchased by Tenco includes a tractor with a mower and front end loader, a chisel plow, a plastic mulch layer, water wheel transplanter, tiller, a hay rack, pump, and water tank. Initial plans call for crops to include melons, sweet corn, hot peppers, onions, strawberries, and colored cauliflower. The outdoor gardening project is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017,
The “project site”, gifted to Tenco by David and Sheryl North in 2013, is located north of Ottumwa on Highway 149, and is a 4.25 acre plot of land affording the opportunity to grow seasonal crops in the area beyond where the greenhouse is located.
Tenco is celebrating 52 years of service to southern Iowa, presently serving 320 people with disabilities in Wapello, Jefferson, Van Buren, Marion, Mahaska, Appanoose, and Lucas counties.
J. Paul Strother had a vision of a community philanthropical foundation when he established the Wapello County Foundation. He funded the Foundation with a gift of approximately $1,000,000 at the time of his death in 1983. The purpose of the Wapello County Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Wapello County.