Barton's Garden Patch
In the spring of 2014, St. David’s Foundation, through their Health Angels program, built a raised bed community garden on the grounds of the senior center. This garden was the first one built by St. David’s in Hays County. The object of the project was to improve the quality of life for seniors by encouraging them to socialize in the garden and raise healthy vegetables to share.
Bob Barton’s Garden Patch began with 18 senior members and with the help of several Hays Master Gardeners who kept the garden going throughout the past 8 years. While the numbers have dwindled of those who want to work outdoors, we still have a small dedicated team who shares watering, weeding and harvesting. We also meet as a group to go over future plans and share ideas for plantings.
When weekly lunches were being served, prior to the Covid closures, the gardeners brought in bags of vegetables to give away during the meal. Last summer and this year, whenever there was a bummer crop of tomatoes, peppers or okra, we made deliveries to other seniors or to the food bank at the Buda Methodist Church. While the Health Angels, continue to support us by covering the cost of seeds, transplants, fertilizer and other supplies, the garden would not have survived all these years without the assistance of the Hays Master Gardeners.
(Pictures of three varieties of okra and a few of the gardeners)