Age-Friendly Boston wins “Greenovate” award in community engagement

 

Greenovate Award Ceremony, April 19th, 2017 Greenovate Awards 2017 (c) Leise Jones Photography

Last summer, Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly Boston formed a partnership with the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment and the Codman Square Library senior “Arts and Smarts” senior program, led by Carl and Arnetta Baty. With six youth employees, between the ages of 18-22, the senior group at the Codman Square Library built garden boxes on public space in back of the library. They are extra high raised garden beds to make it easier for older people to garden. Everything was donated from various businesses in the area, such as Norfolk Hardware, City Soil, Lambert’s and Home Depot. It was a true community effort.

The area where the garden was built was full of trash and debris, especially on the periphery of the abutting, private property. One of the benefits of this project was that the landowner ended up cleaning up the trash, making the environment safer and more attractive.

Special thanks to Janice Knight, the Codman Square librarian for her patience during the project, and her generosity.

Here are some photos of the project from last year:

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