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Franklin Will Be Gardening in the New Year

After much research, the Sussex County Division of Senior Services was able to find an outdoor¬†greenhouse/hydroponic system that can be used to implement a year round Community Garden.¬† The “plant inn” is described as a mini greenhouse suitable for growing vegetables and herbs year round.¬† One side has a lid for easy access, temperature and humidity control, which can be locked open for full access to plant and harvest.¬† It also includes a deep planting tray, internal water drainage system and plant hangers for trellising.¬† The mini greenhouse has panels that protect vegetation from frost, hail, snow, harmful UV rays and pests.¬† One of the other key features is that the system is raised on a lifted bed¬†which will provide accessibility to everyone, especially to individuals who may not be able to bend in order to plant or maintain garden beds closer to the ground.¬† We are very excited to be able to implement these greenhouses.¬† Delivery is expected right after the holidays.

In other exciting news, we finally have a delivery date of January 7, 2019 for the much anticipated Walk With Ease participant manuals.  This was the final piece necessary in order to begin implementation of the program.  We are also working on training one additional staff member from the Franklin Senior Center to serve as an additional peer leader for the program as one of the previously trained individuals will be retiring in February.  We are currently working on training this individuals in First Aid and CPR, which is a requisite by the Arthritis Foundation prior to receiving their peer leader certificate for the program.

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.