Some volunteers in Ohio are becoming “urban farmers.”
Members of AARP are tending to “AARP Giving Gardens” and donating the food to local seniors.
LaDonna Pope sparked the idea when she told AARP about the success of a garden in her Cincinnati neighborhood.
Besides providing exercise and social engagement, she says it also feeds lots of residents.
Volunteers will be working on five "AARP Giving" gardens this summer and some will even include table-top garden beds for wheelchair access.
The goal of the project to create a sustainable chain of fresh produce that can go directly to neighborhood dinner tables.
Kevin Craiglow with AARP Ohio says while the activities are currently focused in just a couple of cities, their free online "AARP Create the Good" how-to guide can help anyone get started.
The guide also includes information on the many farmers markets that accept the Ohio Direction Card, which Craiglow says will help low-income seniors access fresh produce.