Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Beresford Park Community Gardens

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, we feature intergenerational program ideas that were tried and successful. This series is a tool to highlight various age-optimized programs and practices. The program descriptions are provided by representatives of the programs. Inclusion in this series does not imply Generations United’s endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs.

In the latest of series, we feature Beresford Park Community Gardens, based in San Mateo, California.

(Check our archives for parts 1-26.)

Our concept presently involves bringing together seniors and kids for planting and maintaining a fresh vegetable garden on site (across the street from the Senior Center at the city's Beresford Park Community Gardens).

Under the instructional guidance of a local chef and his staff, the seniors and children jointly engage in the journey of taking the foods from soil to table by utilizing the institutionally-equipped kitchen and dining facilities at the lovely San Mateo Senior Center.

Seniors and children engage in planting, maintaining and picking food from the garden.

Under the instruction and guidance of our lead chef and his team, participants learn about the foods' nutritional value, prepare recipes, take cooking classes, prepare and share meals together.

We plan 4 different 6-week courses, each involving a different cuisine representative of ethnic communities within our very diverse city.

The program gives participants a chance to experience and understand the full cycle of proper nutrition and healthy choices, and allows them to experience cultures and cuisines beyond their own.

This program also encourages the practices of environmental and social sustainability, as well as the sharing of intergenerational and multicultural knowledge, values and customs.

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