May 31, 2016 – Ogden, UT – An army of volunteers from two area Lowe’s stores will descend on Junior League of Ogden’s Oasis Community Garden to build the Wasatch Front’s largest installation of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and senior friendly raised garden plots. The volunteers will install irrigation to the plots, clean-up wind damage and beautify the garden. Community members are invited to volunteer during the established work schedule daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 31 through June 4 at 2445 Monroe Blvd. in Ogden. This initiative came to realization through a collaboration with Nurture the Creative Mind and financial support from a Weber County RAMP grant.
The 17 new 10x4 foot garden plots are elevated to table height, with ample clearance for wheelchairs or available for seated gardening, putting the entire garden within arm’s reach with no kneeling or bending required. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one out of every five adults in the United States has a disability. By 2030, the population of people 65 years of age and over is expected to double and will represent nearly 20 percent of the total U.S. population. ADA and elder-friendly gardens ensure everyone has access to nutritious food and a healthy, outdoor activity.
These newly built plots in addition to the 34 standard community garden plots are available for rent during each growing season. Each plot includes water and access to garden tools during open garden hours. To reserve a spot, visit http://bit.ly/24hFUQ3.
"We are incredibly grateful to all the Lowe's Heroes, Junior League of Ogden members, Oasis gardeners and community members who are volunteering their time at the Oasis Community Garden,” said Andria Yost, Chair of Oasis Community Garden for Junior League of Ogden. "These individuals really are heroes - they are making the accessible plots a reality and beautified the garden for the community."
Lowe’s coordinates community service projects across the nation, donating thousands of volunteer hours to local organizations every year. Last year Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation gave more than $33 million in charitable contributions, and more than 43,000 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers donated their time and expertise to improve communities. Learn more about the retailer's community program: http://responsibility.lowes.com/community/our-strategy/lowes-heroes/.
About the Junior League of Ogden
The Junior League of Ogden (JLO) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more information, please visit www.juniorleagueogden.org, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/juniorleagueogden or on Instagram at www.instagram.com/juniorleagueogden.
About Oasis Community Garden
The Oasis Community Garden Project is an integral component in fulfilling Junior League of Ogden’s mission to improve its community through effective action. The 1.7-acre garden is located at 2445 Monroe Blvd., and features open space, teaching gardens, community garden plots and a gathering area for group functions. The garden directly targets issues of food equity through education and access, by creating a place where individuals can learn how to plant, grow, harvest, and prepare healthy food. Its design integrates landscape ecology, food production, and community engagement. For more information about the garden, visit http://juniorleagueogden.org/oasis-community-garden/.