Raised Beds for Autumn Leaves

The 92 senior residents of Autumn Leaves Senior Apartments in Ukiah now have 20 beautiful raised beds to make their garden more wheel-chair accessible. The avid gardeners at Autumn Leaves saw the need to have raised beds so that all residents could participate in growing their own food in more easeful way.

The garden at Autumn Leaves has been around for many years, but focus in the garden has changed over time. Jerrie Woodward, a resident of Autumn Leaves of four years, has had a garden all her life. She said that before she lived there, most of the gardeners used the garden produce for just their families. Now, Jerrie and another woman of Autumn Leaves focus on producing a lot of food to give back to the 92 residents living there.

The Gardens Project partnered with and the Pinoleville Pomo Nation YouthBuild Program to create the raised beds. North Cal Wood Products donated redwood and Cold Creek Compost donated compost to fill all the new beds. All three have donated their time and resources to many other gardens working with the Gardens Project. See all the photos of the beds being constructed by these resourceful youth at our Autumn Leaves Photo Album!

Most of the beds have already claimed by current gardeners needing the upgrade, though four residents will be starting their first garden at Autumn Leaves soon. Simply put, Jerrie says “It’s going to be so great!”

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