Adirondack Tri-County Nursing and Rehab Center residents look forward to harvest

NORTH CREEK - Volunteers came to the Adirondack Tri-County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (ATCNRC) on Monday armed with potting soil and seeds a plenty. They were there to help residents begin to plan their own flower and vegetable gardens.

Members of the ATCNRC auxiliary and volunteer gardening group who came to support the residents included Judy Lapenna, Wanda Callihan, Noel Dingman, Kit Huggard, Georgine Rausch, Sharon Aleksejczyk and Jan Thurling.

The planting is an annual event for the volunteers and is a collaboration between the two groups and the ATCNRC activities department in an effort to get residents outside and interested in gardening.

"It's an exciting event," said ATCNRC landscape gardener Amanda Savarie. "The residents enjoy it and the volunteers are great at what they do."

This is the first year that the planting will include vegetables that will hopefully be harvested and prepared in meals at the ATCNRC.

"Our goal is for the residents to be able to use the vegetables that they planted," said Savarie.

Once seedlings are sprouting from Monday's planting, they will be transplanted outside in to 'Victory Gardens'. These gardens are raised container gardens that are accessible to those in wheelchairs.

After the harvesting process takes place in a few months, residents will also sell their flowers and produce to staff and community members.

"I have tried and tried to plant and all I ever get are weeds," said one of the residents of her previous planting experience.

The help from gardening volunteers will hopefully ensure that there is something to harvest in the fall, according to Savarie.

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