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Falling Right Into (A Healthier) Place

Now that the weather has changed, Franklin’s community garden has been harvested and closed for the season.  We successfully harvested and distributed a variety of fruits and vegetables, including lettuces, tomatoes, peas, string beans, strawberries, oregano and more.  There was a hope to have a larger variety and crop, but due to the above average temperatures and increased rain experienced all spring and summer, the items planted and ultimately harvested was a bit limited.  We have begun initial talks regarding the community garden for the next spring and summer season and anticipate having a larger harvest.  We have received approval from the Borough of Franklin for additional plots we can use to set up additional planter boxes.

We have also begun researching and putting quotes together for the purchase of hydroponics to be located at the Franklin Senior Center.  This will provide both an opportunity to continue the “community garden” through the Fall and Winter seasons as well as provide additional recreational activities for the seniors at the Center.

Lastly, we have located and placed an order for the manuals the participants will need for the Walk With Ease Program.  We anticipate delivery any day now and expect to begin the first workshop shortly after before the weather turns too cold for the participants.  Things are truly falling right into place in Franklin!

The program is supported by funding from Atlantic Health System as part of the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network.

About the Grantee

Sussex County Division of Senior Services

As part of the Department of Health and Human Services, it is the mission of the Sussex County Division of Senior Services to empower older adults, those 18 and older who are disabled, and/or their caregivers to choose from a coordinated system of services that enable seniors to live as independently as possible in their homes and in their communities while enjoying a dignified quality of life.