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Tykes get down in the dirt with senior citizens

One of the raised beds at the Ipswich Housing Authority office

Birth to Three Family Center has launched the Village Garden Growers program. 

The aim is for the little ones to build a community garden for the residents at Agawam Village.

It is being done in collaboration with Ipswich Housing Authority, Ipswich Council on Aging, Ipswich Family YMCA, and Three Sisters Garden Project.

This inter-generational program will combine senior volunteers from Ipswich Council on Aging and senior residents from Ipswich Housing Authority with children from Birth to Three and the Preschool at Ipswich Family YMCA. 

“This is truly a community effort,” organizer Beth Gillander, director of Birth to Three, said in a statement. 

Board of directors members from Ipswich Family YMCA built the two accessible flower beds from lumber donated by the board of the Housing Authority, she added. 

The organic compost soil was poured at the recommendation of Three Sisters Garden Project and the first seedlings were planted on May 1 by the children and seniors.     

“The Village Garden Growers will combine the skills of friends, neighbors, and local businesses/nonprofits to create a garden focused on sustainable food and friendship,” Gillander said. 

The garden will be maintained every week by the group until the produce is ready to be harvested.

“We will put our green thumbs to the test as we build this garden from the ground up. Remember: it takes a village to make a garden grow,” she added.  

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