Friday, March 11, 2011

Growing a life without limits during National Developmental Disabilities Month

When one of our adult day program managers, Laurel, first envisioned a garden where people with developmental disabilities could learn to grow their own food, she pictured a 6’x6’ plot. When the program she manages moved to the former Aero Haven Elementary School campus in North Highlands, her dream expanded.

Now the program has infinitely more green space, access to water and three raised beds left behind by the elementary school.

This month, National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, UCP will begin creating a community garden where people with developmental disabilities will have a place to watch flowers and vegetables grow, dig their hands into dirt, learn how to grow food and learn how to create nutritious meals to share.

As a result, the people in her program will have access to a beloved activity not often provided to people with disabilities, and they will understand the farm-to-table concept of growing food to create healthy meals.

To create the program, Laurel will need several raised beds that can accommodate wheelchairs sliding under them, vegetables either from seed or pot, trowels that may need to be adapted to hands that work differently, and all other gardening tools, including shovels, rakes, soil, fertilizer, tomato cages, you name it!

Please let us know if you can help! Contact Samantha Garcia at (916) 283-8317 or

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