Burlington, VT—A crew of volunteers from GE Healthcare just completed constructing four new raised garden beds at Cathedral Square Senior Living on Cherry Street in Burlington. This brings the group’s total to twenty, with sixteen previous built at McAuley Square on Mansfield Ave in Burlington.

The raised beds are constructed with heavy cedar timbers which rest on top of the ground. The lumber is stacked, leveled, spiked together and filled with topsoil. Raised beds are better suited to older gardeners who have trouble bending over, and are often more productive than traditional beds because the soil warms more quickly.

GE Healthcare employees Mark Johnson, Sara Collins and Daniel Fosher aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, investing approximately 33 hours into the planning and construction of the final four beds. Mark was instrumental in securing a grant to cover the cost of materials for Cherry Street, amounting to nearly $1,320.00. For the McAuley location, over 30 different GE employees, family and friends worked on the garden beds over a span of two years.

Beth Alpert, Volunteer Coordinator with Cathedral Square, said community residents are very grateful for the high quality of the new beds and the convenience of having gardens so close to the residences. “The work GE Healthcare has done here will help to improve health outcomes for these seniors,” said Alpert. “The shared garden helps to build community, provides outdoor activity, and provides fresh vegetables and herbs.”

About Cathedral Square

Cathedral Square is a non-profit organization created in 1977. The organization develops and operates communities for seniors and individuals with special needs. Cathedral Square’s mission to support “healthy homes, caring communities and positive aging” begins with providing service-enriched housing to over 1,154 residents. Cathedral Square owns and/or manages 30 housing communities, each uniquely designed to provide safe and secure apartments at an affordable price. www.cathedralsquare.org Cathedral Square administers the SASH (Support And Services at Home) model statewide as part of Vermont’s Blueprint for Health. SASH is a care management model harnessing the combined strength of social service agencies, community health providers and non-profit housing organizations to support more than 5,000 Vermonters in aging safely and healthfully at home. www.sashvt.org

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