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Claymore's Senior Saladworks Garden

The idea for the Claymore “Salad Works” Garden was created by the members of our Healthy Lifestyles group. This group of seniors meets every week to learn from community speakers about developing and implementing a healthy lifestyle. During a recent program by the Delaware Cooperative Extension, our members learned about the health benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables. The discussions that ensued were spontaneous and filled with excitement. For many of our members who have been unable to “Age in Place” or have moved to senior living facilities, the thing that they miss the most is the ability to garden. A lifelong love of gardening should not have to end as mobility and other issues arise in seniors. The leisure pastime of gardening provides exercise, stimulation, accomplishment and a host of other benefits that are healthy for the mind and body. Our gardening team has been researching the feasibility of creating and maintaining a raised bed for our members to enjoy. The Claymore Senior Center is located in the city of Wilmington, and we are blessed to have a small portion of land capable of sustaining a working garden. Our goal is create a raised vegetable garden were members will have the opportunity to spend time planting and tending the garden in comfort. With the help of middle school children and the Delaware Cooperative Extension, we hope to break ground this spring.  The fruits of their labor will be enjoyed by all our members as they will be used to supplement our nutrition program that serves low to moderate income seniors.

Where it's at:

504 South Clayton St.
Wilmington, DE 19805
United States

Garden type:

senior garden

Garden size (in square feet):

120

Garden beneficiaries:

seniors and food insecure people

Number of people reached:

60

What this project needs:

funds
seedlings
volunteer labor
soil
compost
lumber

Project leaders:

Beverly McCool
Donna McPoland

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
info@kgi.org
(207) 956-0606