‘Some residents chose to eat off the vine’

Residents reap benefits of home-grown produce

From their gardens to their plates, Maplewood residents recently enjoyed vegetables they grew earlier this summer.

Through the generosity of family members of a previous resident, Maplewood received raised wooden planter boxes this summer. Staff and residents planted a variety of produce, starting the seeds indoors in small pots at the Brighton long-term care home.

They took a stab at growing tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, green onions, yellow beans and radishes.

After the plants were transferred outdoors, as they grew, so did some residents’ interest in gardening.

“We had some residents take ownership of the tasks,” says Rachel Corkery, administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator at Maplewood.

Rachel says Maplewood’s outdoor space is generally well-utilized but the vegetable gardens “really took on an active life.”

There were almost always small groups of residents and family members interacting outside, she notes. There was discussion, curiosity and the watering of plants occurring as well.

Maplewood was able to use the produce in its kitchen.

“Some residents chose to eat off the vine,” Rachel adds.

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