Through collaboration with the Veterans Home of California, Yountville, we are cultivating a garden of leafy greens, fruits and edible herbs to learn about the interconnection between these foods and brain function.
The program aims to accomplish five main goals: grow for a purpose; produce food; improve diets; provide intergenerational social activities; and increase outdoor exercise. In addition to our small but mighty garden we have expanded to include chickens-A coop known as the Egg Plant.
VETS GROWING FOR VETS AND FAMILIES IN NEED
In 2015, the Yountville Veterans Home Transisitional program together with the Tug McGraw Foundation's Brain Food Garden partnered to grow greens and other healthy items for Mission Solano's Bridge For Life Center.
Photo: VHYC Residents Harvesting and watering August 2016 Crop and of course the "Our Girls and Boys"
2016 Summer HARVEST STATS
The teams has delivered 10 harvests and over 500 eggs to help supplement Mission Solano's Bridge for Life Center's Kitchen. A kitchen that feeds individuals and veterans while in transition.
Click here, to read the story of our Chicken Keepers, Ian and Steve
- Education - Serves as an outdoor classroom and to grow for a purpose
- Improve Diets - Studies show that families that garden have healthier eating habits
- Food Production - Provides a context for how to prepare food and generate healthy ideas for recipes
- Exercise - Increases aerobic activity, improves flexibility and energy
- Social/Therapeutic - Exposure to green space reduces stress and boosts a sense of wellbeing
Photos: Delivering to Mission Solano's Bridge for Life Center with Frank Henderson, TMF Board Member and Gigi Mogan VHYC Social Rec Therapist
Steve and Ian TMF's Chicken Keepers
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO: HOME DEPOT, JELLY BELLY & WINE COUNTRY CHICKEN COOPS.
To Volunteer or to learn more about our Brain Food Garden Contact us at Info@tugmcgraw.org
We would like to give thanks to the Veterans Home of California, Yountville and their residents. The garden is dedicated in memory of home member Walter Kirby, who devoted so much of his time to baseball, gardening and helping children.