Common Good Launches Pilot Intergenerational Gardening Program with the District Office on Aging
Common Good City Farm has always been a space where people of all ages can gather to talk, eat, and grow food. We are now honored to be expanding this model to area senior wellness centers through an exciting new pilot Intergenerational Gardening Program in partnership with the District Office on Aging. Through this pilot program, Common Good City Farm has built handicapped accessible raised garden beds at two senior wellness centers, one in Ward 5 and one in Ward 7. Members of our Youth Employment Program will work with participants from the senior wellness centers to maintain these garden beds, lead educational workshops, and share stories about farming and food. This program will not only increase access to fresh produce for participating senior citizens, it will enable two generations to connect and gain mutual respect through the act of growing and talking about food. The vegetable gardens were build in August of 2014 and Common Good City Farm's Fall Interns have begun working at both Senior Wellness Centers. More updates to follow as the program evolves.