Senior Organic Gardeners (SOG) is the newest program of the Canadian Organic Growers- Ottawa St Lawrence Outaouais Chapter (COG OSO). Our objective is to offer opportunities to seniors in their homes, apartments, community housing apartments, retirement residences and long term care facilities to engage in organic vegetable, herb and edible flower gardening, to benefit from the healthy activity, productive pastime, and restful therapy that gardening can offer.
Enhance the quality of life and health of seniors through ability-appropriate opportunities to garden with interesting and pleasurable learning and sharing. Reflect on the balance of the environment and the mystery of life during all seasons. Encourage consumption of more local organic food and enjoy intergenerational activities.
See the blossoming of organic herbs, vegetables and edible flowers among seniors in all settings in conjunction with organic gardening programs for children and youth in the Ottawa-Outaouais involving anglophones, francophones, aboriginals and new Canadians.
That Senior Organic Gardeners flourish and prosper from grants and sponsorships gradually moving to a balance with local donations and fundraising events.
We want to offer a template for the establishment of SOG locations becoming autonomous, encouraged by our SOG Manager and our volunteers as well as by resources that are in preparation such as photographs, videos and instructions for those who might wish to reproduce the SOG experience for seniors.