Archstone Foundation funded Second Harvest to provide Community Gardens to some of the properties to which they currently provide food. Gratefully, Sterling Court is one of five EngAGE properties that received free services to include a monthly Master Gardener on site, soil, fertilizer, seedlings, tools and gloves. This is an organic, edible community garden. Raised planters were built on site. Regional Programs Director Meloney Morse: “Gardeners prepared to plant winter crops in October. They are savoring their last summer fruits and veggies.”
Art Class: Making art inspires creativity and gives residents an opportunity to socialize across cultural boundaries. Instructor Nicole Galardo: “This month we painted a still life using only monochromatic acrylic paint colors. We set up objects in front of us to paint, using one color as a base. We made highlights and shadows by adding black or white paint to our colors. We really grasped how contrast affects the objects and how when working with monochromatic colors you need to create contrast to keep the painting from being flat and muddy.”
Birthday Potluck: Seasonal and other social events are often by request of residents and bring them together across language differences. Site Leader Nicole Galardo brought a much appreciated ice cream cake to serve after a pizza dinner, accompanied by pleasant conversation among the residents.
~ Meloney Morse, Regional Programs Director
EngAGE offers a variety of classes, workshops, and special programs at each of our communities. These posts highlight just a small sample.