- Tue, 05/01/2012 - 10:54
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The San Marcos Senior Center has a new intergenerational garden project that connects volunteer seniors and special needs students from Woodland Park Middle School. The teachers and seniors work together to provide students with weekly hands-on experience working in the adjacent San Marcos Community Garden. One of the main goals is to help teach healthy eating to the students.
Both have the opportunity to share their talents and resources in a way that is beneficial to each other and the community. The students learn firsthand about how food grows, as well as the fun of planning, planting, harvesting and eating the fruits of their labor. They take back to their classroom and families not only the lettuce, parley, beans and cauliflower but also the positive feelings they experience from working with seniors.
“This has become a great way to relate to pre-teens,” said one senior who participates in the garden project. “I’m not only watching the plants grow, but the students too!”
The garden is funded by a $10,000 grant awarded to the City of San Marcos from the County of San Diego’s Aging and Independent Services as part of “Live Well San Diego!”