Tending a Garden to Stay Active and Healthy
Create a vibrant community garden for your elder care or healthcare facility with help from GCG’s professional team of Farmers, dedicated to cultivating excitement around growing food and a healthy lifestyle. During weekly or bi-weekly visits from our farmers, participants learn the skills and knowledge needed to have a successful vegetable garden. We recommend that senior living communities install adaptive raised beds of varying heights, to allow for easier access.
“Gardening provides older adults (65 and over) with opportunities to reconnect themselves through nature and a healthy activity to enhance their quality of life.” (Read the study)
Aime Sommerfield, Research Author
Growing their own food empowers participants to eat healthier, get outside, and reminisce about past experiences. Our program is a wonderful opportunity for participants to bond over their shared interest in gardening, and provides a platform to involve the greater community.
The produce grown can be incorporated into any on site restaurant or cafeteria menu, creating access to healthy, locally grown options.
The Olmstead Place memory support program at Goddard House Assisted Living in Brookline houses a small-scale chicken coop with six hens. Green City Growers farmers provide coop maintenance chicken-centric programming for the residents at Goddard House. NPR and the Boston Globe have recently published articles praising the gentle companionship and therapeutic benefits that chickens provide seniors. Inquire for more information.