Bath Housing has nearly 740 square feet of plantable garden space utilized by our residents. We are growing the size, accessibility, and programming of our gardens annually to better meet the needs of our residents.
Bath Housing partners with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG), University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Bath YMCA, U.S. Navy in the form of service day projects, and Access Health to expand our existing gardening program and offer locally grown fruits and vegetables to each of our 160 elderly, disabled and low income families. Our annual gardening programs culminate with harvesting the produce, educating residents about food preparation, and preserving food through classes offered by Access Health to our residents.
Bath Housing has stepped up efforts to bring its buildings alive with activity. More importantly, residents are empowered to grow, share and use their own source of healthy food throughout the year. Gardening is associated with mental clarity and feelings of reward. Initially our garden expansion was a response to residents’ requesting more planting opportunities, but the program has grown into much more. We utilize our gardens as a program tool for promoting health and wellness, leveraging toward local partnerships, providing resident access to the Bath area community, as well as instilling a tenant sense of ownership toward their broader living space.