The Kalix Day Supports Program has continued their gardening skills in 2016! 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 continues to be a popular activity with many participants in the Day Supports Program as they care for the garden, water the plants and inspect the progress. A variety of fruits and vegetables are grown in the garden including: strawberries, swiss chard, peas, beans, tomatoes, spinach, radishes, carrots, and cucumbers.