Seniors at Armory Lane in Vergennes love to get outside and garden, but some folks have mobility issues that make it hard for them to garden in low flower beds. Yesterday, two intrepid volunteers, Joe and Melissa, built the first of two 3' raised beds that will make gardening at Armory more accessible to all residents. They braved unseasonable chilly weather and rain, but they persisted.
Armory Lane is home to about 30 seniors and has an active SASH program. An important focus of the SASH program is 3-4-50: three behaviors that lead to four chronic diseases that cause 50% of all early deaths in Vermont. Of the three behaviors, two are lack of physical activity and poor diet (the third is tobacco use). Promoting gardening at Armory is a way to encourage physical activity, and hopefully grow some nutritious foods to improve diet.
Thank you Joe and Melissa! We can't wait to see what seniors plant this summer.
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