The Kalix Day Supports Program planted a garden in 2015! A grant from the St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation provided materials and soil for constructing raised beds, tools, and seeds. The raised beds allow easy access by everybody.
The purpose of the project is to offer gardening as a productive activity that builds a sense of accomplishment as well as provides a multi-sensory experience (feel the dirt and plants, see the plants grow and develop, smell the blossoms, taste the produce). Gardening also reinforces activity and movement during planting, weeding, and harvesting. Finally, gardening can motivate people to increase their consumption of fresh vegetables.
The garden got off to a very successful start. Many people participated in caring for the garden, and some made it a regular part of their routine to water and inspect progress. People sampled strawberries, swiss chard, peas, beans, tomatoes, spinach, radishes, carrots, and cucumbers. Plans are already under consideration for next year!