GreenThumbs, Healthy Joints

Funded Projects - 2015

  • Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. (Arthurdale, WV; Preston County) rebuilt the community's Victory Garden with accessible raised garden beds for people with arthritis and joint limitations.
  • Brooke County Committee on Aging (Follansbee, WV; Brooke County) developed a plan to construct raised fruit and vegetable beds on two lots that were converted into gardens in the city of Follansbee.
  • Community Resources, Inc. (Parkersburg, WV; Wood County) partnered with the Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Division of Westbrook Health Services to build raised flower beds and provide an opportunity for people with arthritis and other joint limitations to garden.
  • Greenbrier Valley Master Gardener Association (Lewisburg, WV; Greenbrier County) assembled a deep, portable raised bed on wheels to showcase vegetables, herbs and flowers in the Heritage section of the Demonstration Garden at the State Fair grounds. The group installed an accessible pathway with pavers to make it easier for people with limited mobility to access the raised beds and garden.
  • Hamlin Library Crafty Ladies  (Hamlin, WV; Lincoln County) started growing seeds in an old greenhouse, so they could experiment with square foot gardening and plant raised vegetable and herb beds at the Hamlin Public Library.
  • Hardy County Health and Wellness Center (Moorefield, WV; Hardy County) built raised garden beds and planted a variety of vegetables at their wellness center, which is next door to a local senior center in Moorefield, WV.
  • The McDowell County Commission on Aging, Inc. (Welch, WV; McDowell County) replaced old garden beds with new cedar raised beds, and planted flowers and vegetables at its building in Welch, WV.
  • Morgan County Master Gardener Association (Berkeley Springs; Morgan County) put in sustainable, raised vegetable garden beds with pavers so people who use wheelchairs can garden. The group revitalized the Senior Life Services Atrium, making it usable year round.
  • National Church Residences Foundation, Rivermont Presbyterian Homes (Montgomery, WV; Fayette County) built raised flower beds, and planted rose bushes at its location in Montgomery. They hope to build more raised beds next season so their residents can plant vegetables, too.
  • National Church Residences Foundation: Twin Oaks Plaza (Oak Hill, WV; Fayette County) built raised garden beds and planted vegetables with an intergenerational team of volunteers that included seniors and local Boy Scouts.
  • New Martinsville Rotary Club (New Martinsville, WV; Wetzel County) relocated raised garden beds to a new location, while working with participants from REM Services and from Valley Manor in Wetzel County.
  • Planned Approach to Community Health of Taylor County (Grafton, WV; Taylor County) — in coordination with WVU Extension Service and the City of Grafton — constructed nine raised garden beds and other gardening areas.
  • Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (Weston, WV; Lewis County) planted raised garden beds on the patio at Criss Manor, a high rise for seniors, which is across the street from the future site of a natural playground for children.
  • Summers County Council on Aging, Inc. (Hinton, WV; Summers County) constructed raised flower beds with hand rails to make gardening more accessible for people with arthritis and joint limitations. They placed bird feeders near the flower beds, and added a rain barrel to make watering the plants easier.
  • Wayne County Community Services Organization, Inc. (Huntington, WV; Wayne County) put in raised garden beds, planted a variety of vegetables and provided accessible gardening opportunities for people with joint limitations at the Fort Gay Community Center. Their project yielded a variety of healthy vegetables, e.g., tomatoes, peppers, runner beans and cucumbers, for the participants to enjoy.