(Paterson, NJ) – April, 2015
A ribbon cutting will be held on Wednesday, April 29th at 1:30 pm at the Governor Towers Senior Housing Complex in Paterson to celebrate the new garden built by City Green. City Green will be running a “Senior Garden Club”, a three season weekly educational and therapeutic program for senior citizens at Governor Towers this season, in addition to their other Senior Garden Club programs at the Andrew McBride and Norman Cotton Senior Housing Complexes in Paterson. The program at Governor Towers is available to participants of the Senior Activities Program and Catholic Family and Community Services, and offers them outdoor community-building activities focused on gardening, food, nutrition, and nature. The garden will include a native habitat butterfly garden, two raised garden beds for vegetable production, and a third raised garden bed for herb production.
The Senior Garden Club runs every Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. The spring club operates from March 27th to June 12th, and includes both indoor and outdoor activities. The summer club operates from July 10th to August 14th, and is facilitated by City Green’s high school interns through the Growing Strong program, adding a wonderful inter-generational component. It includes garden-to-table workshops where seniors pick fresh vegetables from the garden and learn to prepare healthy meals with fresh produce. Fall garden club runs from September 4th to November 13th and consists of indoor and outdoor gardening activities.
The Senior Garden Club, part of City Green’s New Ground programming, emphasizes aging in place, horticultural therapy, outdoor recreation, and healthy eating.
Says Jennifer Papa, Executive Director of City Green, “City Green’s mission is about providing fresh produce and environmental education, and making those opportunities available to every member of the community. Senior citizens play a vital role in our local communities, so we are excited to have them participate in City Green’s mission.”
City Green, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating the establishment of urban farms and gardens in northern New Jersey’s cities to create increased access to healthy, local food while cultivating education in food systems, nutrition and the environment. Contact Jennifer Papa, Executive Director at 973-800-8197 or firstname.lastname@example.org. or visit www.citygreenonline.org.