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April 21, 2009

Construction Begins on Raised Gardening Beds at Lyndon Senior Action Center

Similar garden sites to be constructed in the Northeast Kingdom

Lyndonville, Vt – Today, construction began at the Lyndon Senior Action Center to build raised garden beds for easier access for seniors. This will give seniors attending the center the ability to more easily plant, weed and harvest fresh produce.

The program is a partnership between the Area Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont, Agency of Agriculture, High Mowing Seeds, Wheeler True Value of Lyndonville and the state corrections worker offender program. Worker offender program participants built the raised beds with materials donated from Wheeler True Value of Lyndonville. This is the first of a number of sites to be built to help give seniors easier access to growing their own food.

“The agency has seen a great increase in people interested in growing their own food. It’s partly because of the economy and a desire to get back to the basics,” said Anson Tebbetts, Deputy Secretary for the Agency of Agriculture. “We are seeing community gardens like this spring up from the White House to our Statehouse lawn here in Vermont.”

Lisa Viles of the Area Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont commented that the raised gardens will help seniors who may have limited mobility and might be looking for ways to save on their grocery bill. “It’s really encouraging what can be accomplished when members of the community, businesses, non-profit groups and the state come together to help our friends and neighbors,” said Viles.

This is the first of a number of similar community gardens planned for senior sites in Gilman, Danville and Island pond.

Editors: Photos of the event are available by contacting Kelly Loftus at Kelly.loftus@state.vt.us or 802-828-3829.

Source: Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Last Updated at: April 21, 2009 16:04:09