The Intergenerational Garden's mission is to teach children the joys of gardening, make gardening experiences available for seniors, and provide space and activities for multiple generations to enjoy each other’s company. When active, we need lots of help and typically gather each Saturday at 10 am to do what's needed. If you are interested in helping with activities or lending a hand in the garden, we welcome you!
Did you know?
In-season produce from the Intergenerational Garden is served each day when available to those enjoying our Senior Café lunches and our home-delivered meals. Many of the vegetables served as part starts as the seeds planted by our Read & Seed student and volunteer participants!
During the growing season, you can stop by the weekly produce stand to pick up all sorts of yummy fresh veggies from the Intergenerational Garden! We’re currently enjoying tomatoes, cucumbers, kale, fresh herbs, peppers, and gorgeous bouquets of fresh-cut flowers.
Every Tuesday & Sunday
At least one person is working in the garden every Tuesday and Saturday from 10 am until Noon (unless it's raining) throughout the spring, and we have so much to do. I hope you'll join us, even if only for a little bit. It all helps!
We love community-based activities and as such partner with the Chelsea School District’s Community Education & Recreation Department to hold programming each summer for campers attending Camp Gabika. Several times a week campers in grade school join us in the Garden for fun and learning. From planting, weeding, mulching, tasting, bug collecting, learning about pollinators, and painting with flowers and leaves, to harvesting in the Garden and using those fresh ingredients in cooking activities, kids learn where food comes from and how fun gardening can be.
If you enjoy working with kids ages 5 to 13, this is a great way to do so. It takes many hands and smart ideas to keep the kids engaged. One thing is for sure, the campers love the garden! Camp staff tell us that’s the first thing they share with their parents on garden days is what they did. Consider volunteering on Camp days.
If kids and gardening together isn’t for you, no worries. We still need many hands to make light work in the garden. You can choose to volunteer on days when we’re not hosting the campers.
For more information about Camp Gabika, look here: https://www.chelsea.k12.mi.us/community-education/camp-gabika
In October of 2021, the Intergenerational Garden was dedicated in honor of Trinh Pifer, former Executive Director, who spearheaded and brought to fruition the Intergenerational Garden at the Chelsea Senior Center.
Funding for all CSC programs comes significantly from local support, including sponsorships and private giving, as well as from grants. Every dollar impacts seniors in our community every day.