CAMDEN, Maine — The 110-year-old assisted living residence, 63 Washington Street, caters to the needs of six seniors. Many other special community events that happen there, including a vegetable garden in the back, are a labor of love for many local volunteers. The garden provides a harvest enjoyed by the residents of the facility. Excess produce is supplied to the local food pantry through the efforts of volunteers and neighbors Tom and Carol Christie.
Throughout the year, many volunteers helped to make the garden a success. The Community School in Camden assisted with garden preparation. Barbara Cizmazija and Fred Reinke of Rockport, Camden resident Sharon Flannigan and Hope resident Judy Lambert helped plant the garden and weeded it.
Sharon Stone of Rockport grew many seedlings for the garden in her greenhouse and Liz Stanley of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension donated seeds to the garden. In addition, the Heiwa Tofu Factory provided material to be used as fertilizer.
Many volunteers provided leaves for mulching, including Roy Bischof and Dorothy Center.
Garden expert Beedy Parker has provided garden assistance to 63 Washington Street for many years and this year provided a rain barrel, made signs, planned the garden layout, mulched and kept up with weeding and harvesting.
The board of directors and staff said they appreciate the hard work of the volunteers. Watching the garden grow and enjoying the harvest are highlights of the season for 63 Washington Street residents.
Visitors are invited to stop by to tour the home or the garden.