Day Services – Growing a Garden
Gardening at TARC
TARC’s Day Services participants grow an amazing garden each year. The lush garden grows peppers, zucchinis, radishes, kale, lettuce and many other fruits and vegetables that are used in our cooking and life skills classes.
The three raised garden beds allow participants of all abilities and ages to participate and help with gardening. Each spring, Cassandra Phillips, Education Coordinator, plans what the Day Services Participants will grow in their garden and then learn how to use fresh vegetables and fruit in their day to day cooking and eating.
Gardening is beneficial because it:
- Is an enjoyable form of exercise
- Increases levels of physical activity and helps mobility and flexibility
- Encourages use of all motor skills
- Improves endurance and strength
- Helps prevent diseases like osteoporosis
- Reduces stress levels and promotes relaxation
- Provides stimulation and interest in nature and the outdoors
- Improves well-being as a result of social interaction
- Can provide nutritious, home-grown produce.
TARC’s garden has three raised beds that were built by community members including volunteers from Westar Energy and an Eagle Scout. The raised garden beds allows everyone the opportunity to participate in gardening activities whether it is digging, weeding, planting, watering or harvesting the garden. We work with each individual who chooses to participate in gardening and we find an activity they enjoy and want to help with in the garden.