MORRIS – The Grundy County Health Department's GROWS garden is a huge success, according to department officials.
The Grundy Resource of Opportunity for Wellness and Sustainability garden came to fruition when LyondellBasell chose the garden as its Global Care Day project. On May 17, 10 planter boxes were placed on the south side of the Grundy County Administration Building, filled with dirt and seeds planted.
As the weeks followed, the garden started to grow. After each week, tiny sprouts could be seen poking out of the dirt. With the help of community partners forming committees to care for the garden, the plants have grown, according to a news release from the health department.
The mission for the garden is to promote community involvement for seniors and veterans, to teach Women, Infant and Children program clients on nutrition, and to promote Horticulture Therapy to help improve memory, cognitive abilities and more. In addition, to give back to the community and addressing the three IPLAN (Illinois Project for Local Assessment of Needs) goals: Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Metabolic Syndrome and Cardiovascular Risk Factors, and Childhood Obesity.
Harvesting is now beginning in the garden; beans, tomatoes, peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and fresh herbs have been given to We Care of Grundy County's food pantry. The department's clients have shared in the caring of the garden, and nutritional food plans have been established to incorporate the foods being grown.
The department's community partners that made the garden a success are the American Heart Association, Regional Office of Education, Park Pointe Senior Living, Grundy County 4-H and Master Gardeners, Grundy County Vocational Center, LyondellBasell, Veterans Assistance Commission, Boy Scouts, Grundy County Technology, Morris Hospital, Quality Home Healthcare, Spring Grove Nursery, Willow Home Care, We Care, Grundy Bank, Walnut Grove, Community Foundation of Grundy County, Heritage of Care, Grundy County Transit and the Grundy County Housing Authority.
Anyone interested in becoming a partner for the remainder of this year or to help in next year’s planning, contact Dian Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-941-3116.