Goddard House Assisted Living, a senior living center in Brookline, was founded in 1849 as the first private, non-profit home for elders in Massachusetts. Goddard House offers both traditional and memory support assisted living apartments.
The System We Created
In 2013, GCG installed four triple-raised adaptable 4x8 raised beds, two of which are dedicated for those residents in the memory care unit. In 2015, Goddard House obtained a special permit from the city of Brookline to house the first chicken coop for a non-residential facility. The coop houses six chickens, who in turn provide the residents with humorous and plucky companions. Green City Growers farmers visit Goddard House for weekly education and maintenance sessions for the vegetable gardens and provide monthly coop maintenance and clean-up.
Where Does the Food Go?
The vegetables harvested from the gardens go directly into the kitchens at Goddard House, where they are incorporated into meals served to residents.
John Moniz, Executive Director at Goddard House, grew up on a dairy farm in Rhode Island as a child, and has been a huge proponent for garden education and, recently, the addition of a chicken coop. The chickens have been a huge success for the residents. Says Cindy Allard, Olmstead Program Director at Goddard, "The residents have been out there a lot to talk and sing to the chickens. They have been talking back!"