Gardening for Good: the supported gardening project, is a Dane County sponsored pilot program in it’s second season this year. Supported gardening assists people with developmental disabilities to explore gardening in a community setting, where the level of participation is individually tailored to meet the person’s skills and interest.
A group of 10 adults with developmental disabilities, each with an accompanying support person, along with the project facilitator and a joyful collection of other neighborhood gardeners, will gather this summer every Thursday from May 30 through August 15 (except July 4) to share a plot at Troy Community Gardens on Madison’s Northside. The weekly sessions begin with the physical work of tending our shared plot as we cooperatively work together to meet the needs of our lovely garden. Following that, the gardeners will participate in “mini-workshops,” half-hour lessons from wise community members. Topics are related to gardening as well as other topics, including: singing, nature, crafts, storytelling, flower arranging, and more. Each session will end with yummy snacks (healthy) and time to socialize with other gardeners. Please check the “mini-workshop” tab for this summer’s schedule.
In addition to the core group of supported gardeners, all individuals with disabilities (accompanied by support people) who live on the Northside are invited to drop in at Troy Gardens on gardening night. There are tables for picnics, playing games, and more. All interested folks are invited to join us for the evening, or possibly just attend the mini-workshops and stay for refreshments.
Troy gardener and neighbor Rebecca Starke, Gardening for Good project facilitator, has worked with people with disabilities for more than 20 years. She is eager for supported gardeners to discover how gardening can enrich their lives. She is also a longtime lover of gardening, and is excited to share this passion with individuals with disabilities.
The ultimate goal of Gardening for Good is that supported gardeners will develop lasting friendships and find their place in the community at Troy Gardens, which can then lead to connections with neighbors throughout the Northside.
If you or someone you know is interested in attending, contact Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the individual’s Dane County broker/case manager for more information.
If you’re interested in volunteering with the Gardening for Good, contact Rebecca at the same e-mail as above. Volunteer hours can be counted towards your Troy Community Garden volunteer hours, as well as earn Dane County TimeBank hours.
The gardening sessions begin May 30 and go through August 15, from 6:00-7:30 pm (no gathering on July 4th).
Troy Gardens is located in the 500 block of Troy Dr., between Lerdahl and Harper Rd. Look for our “blue bottle tree” at the front of the garden as a marker to find us.