Intergenerational Fun at SCRF’s UGC

DSC_0822BY AMANDA MOSES

Members of Spring Creek Senior Partners’ (SCSP) Garden Club will now have the opportunity to experience inter-generational gardening with community campers. Together both groups will spend the last weeks of summer weeding, harvesting and planting. These activities will be overseen by Garden Educator, Jacqui Roytman and camp counselors.

Last week, students from Oasis Day Camp visited the Spring Creek Recreation Fund’s (SCRF) Urban Garden Classroom (UGC) for the first time this summer. Roytman explained to the children how the garden functions and told them the basic rules of the UGC. She then paired the students with the seniors so that they could harvest tomatoes, basil, eggplant, and other vegetables together.

Oasis Program Director, Jonathan Hunter is happy that his students are able to work with the seniors. “I think the UGC is a beautiful site for the children to learn from, and in developing our youth, projects like this, are a part of that. It’s wonderful that the seniors are here; it’s like the saying ‘Each one, teaches one,’” Hunter said.

DSC_0801Since the start of summer, the seniors have gained a vast knowledge of the garden thanks to their weekly sessions with Roytman. Through the inter-generational program, the seniors are able to impart wisdom to their younger counterparts.

Roytman believes that the UGC has been a calming and relaxing refuge for many of the seniors, having the addition of children invigorates the older adults and creates a fun environment for both parties.“The seniors spend about an hour or two relaxing under the beautiful sun, stretching their legs and digging into the dirt, and now after being members of the SCSP Garden Club for several months, they can share what they’ve learned,” said Roytman

The next group of campers will be visiting the UGC Monday and Thursday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Photos by Amanda Moses