THOMAS, W.Va. – Spring in the Mountain State is certainly a glorious time of year. During this time of stay-at-home orders and social distancing, getting outside and working toward a common goal takes on even greater meaning than ever before.
Earlier this month, on a rare sunny Saturday afternoon, a dozen tree-loving volunteers gathered to help The Foundation at Cortland Acres realize yet another piece of Vision 2030 – orchards throughout campus. Folks from Tucker and Randolph counties donated their time to plant apple, pear, peach, cherry, nectarine, plum, and apricot trees – forty-three in all – and establish two fruit orchards.
“Members of The Foundation secured donations to purchase the trees, the fence, and all the necessary supplies,” explains Foundation Director and Director of Development at Cortland Acres, Dan Bucher. “Once the word got out about the need for planters, we had a crew in no time. All of the volunteers have an affinity for nature, enjoy fresh fruit and relish working in the soil. They have exceptionally giving hearts and believe in the future of Cortland in our community.”
What began in December 2018 as part of Cortland’s fortieth-anniversary celebration, Vision 2030 – Leading The Way outlines a comprehensive plan involving healthcare, residential services, and wellness/conservation. An additional 2-3 orchards are planned, with their location dictated by future development.
“We all take our role as members of the Tucker County community and inhabitants of planet earth seriously,” notes Cortland Administrator Beth Clevenger. “The idea of planning for the future is not just about revenue and profit, it’s really about putting in place positive elements for future generations to enjoy. The wellness and conservation component of our Vision 2030 plan is vital to our future and the future of Tucker County. Walking trails, supporting natural habitats to help control surface water, recycling, and of course, our new orchards and greenhouse production is designed to help secure the future for everyone. If there’s one thing COVID-19 has taught us it’s that good planning and attention to detail is critical to our future.”
The Cortland Acres campus includes a 94-bed long-term care facility, a 5,100 square foot rehabilitation center, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs, independent living units at Pineview, and The Pines. The campus also houses a health center and pharmacy as well as offices of visiting medical specialties. For more information on Cortland Acres or to set up an appointment or tour call 304-463-4181 or visit www.cortlandacres.org.