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US (FL): Girl Scout Gold Award aquaponics project provides chefs with herbs

Helen Works' Girl Scout Gold Award aquaponics project has taken root at The Arc of the Bay.

"It's better than what I could've ever imagined," said Helen, 17, during an Aug. 9 celebration in Lynn Haven.

Her aquaponics garden features five herbs — basil, parsley, oregano, rosemary and cilantro — that will be tended to by Arc of the Bay clients and sold to Taziki's Mediterranean Café for use in the restaurant's daily dishes at the locations on 23rd Street and at Pier Park in Panama City Beach.

"We have three clients at Arc of the Bay, clients who work with us at the two stores," said Bobby Touchton, owner/operator of Taziki's in Panama City and Panama City Beach. "Clients can come in and see the rosemary being used in the rosemary potatoes and the basil in the basil pesto."

The herbs also will be used in The Arc's culinary program, led by Develyn Davis, and complement teaching on healthy eating choices.

Read more at the Daily Comet (Jan Weddy)


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