As a follow-up to a story we ran here at SusanvilleStuff last July, (click here for the feature) Eskaton Lassen Manor and Lassen Public Health’s SNAP-Education program announced last week that they have completed the Community Garden project on the grounds of the Senior Living complex on North Mesa Street in Susanville.
The SNAP-Education Program partnered with Lassen Manor and Social Service Coordinator Charlotte Roberts, who is also a member of Lassen’s Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion (CNAP) team, to build two community garden beds to add to the site located on the residents’ property.
According to SNAP-Education Coordinator Emily Griffin donations from local businesses and individuals in Lassen County made it possible to build the beds and fill them with soil for free.
Since last September SNAP-Education Coordinators Jessica Jones and Emily Griffin have been hosting monthly Harvest of the Month classes in the Recreation Room for any Lassen Manor residents who wanted to participate.
The classes were well attended with more than a dozen residents at each month’s workshop.
“All the residents that attended,” says Griffin, “loved the classes and loved discussing what we were going to plant in the community garden beds when spring came.”
“In April we decided on zucchini, green beans, onions and two types of tomatoes! At the end of May we were able to purchase all these plant starts and small gardening tools through our SNAP-Ed Grant! We then delivered them to the residents and planted them in the garden beds with them.”
“We are so thankful to everyone who made this project a possibility,” Griffin added. “I hope through our CNAP we can partner with more people and places throughout Lassen County.”
Local businesses who helped make the garden possible include:
- Payless Lumber: Lumber to build two planter boxes
- Ace Hardware: Hardware Cloth and 30 bags of Potting Soil
- Home Depot: $50 worth of supplies as needed
- Norm the Woodsmith: Screws
- Carrie Flynn: 3×3 wood
- Gold Run Cabinets: Cut wood