Comments from Participants:
The activities commenced in April with planning, recruiting, purchasing products. We have a planning team of 5 seniors who set out the parameters, approved the tentative budget, compiled the schedule of activities, recruited the project co-ordinator, arranged for promotion to attract the senior gardeners, received commitment from the Community Garden for rental plots, determined the cadre of lunch volunteers, and determined the evaluation process. This team communicates regularly regarding the progress of the project. In the meantime the coordinator purchased the required equipment and products for the gardeners, and planned activities for May-September 2022.
To date, the results have been outstanding - the vegetables, flowers, herbs are all exceeding expectations, as well as the weeds and potato bugs of course. In the event of inclement weather, sessions were held indoors at Lakeview United Church, for example a house plant demonstration, a flower identification "bingo". Other activities included a tour of the Cherry Lane Greenhouse, Government House, a Participation Challenge line dancing, and future activities include a tour of the Sask Legislative Grounds, a composting session, a private greenhouse tour and flower arrangement session. These activities are in addition to the hard labour at the gardens, weeding, watering, harvesting, etc. During the lunches, the seniors mix and socialize and enjoy the camaraderie that has developed.