The Community & The Landscape: One in the same.
Latin communitas -
"things held in common"
Community and Connection
We understand the importance of connection with the community.
We also understand the importance of giving back to the community.
Since 2009, members of our staff have instituted a number of initiatives and participated with many others through the "Giving Back together" concept.
act of giving money, goods or time to others
simultaneously - by combined action; as a unit, as a whole
This includes community-based landscape projects as well as corresponding in-person presentations and accompanying website initiatives.
TEAM COMMUNITY GARDEN
Princeton Community Housing
Princeton, New Jersey
The Community Garden at Elm Court & Harriet Bryan House - also known as the "Libby Ranney Garden" - is for the senior residents and is a joint venture between Elm Court and Elm Court II - the Harriet Bryan House.
"The Community Garden, with new features including numerous raised planting beds, installation of wheelchair accessible table top planters and a new patio and pergola for garden workshops, is truly a symbol of the power of people working together for a common goal..."
Wheelchair accessible, the residents of the two facilities grow vegetables and flowers in their own garden plots.
•Build neighborliness and sense of ownership in the garden and the community
•Make productive use of urban vacant land, providing cooling, neighborhood composting and recycling of organic wastes to create soil, water filtration and absorption
•Grow flowers and ornamental vegetables that beautify the neighborhood
•Provide low-cost organic vegetables and herbs
•Create a sense of pride and accomplishment and the empowerment of food self-sufficiency
•Make a place for outdoor activities, exercise, recreation and therapy to alleviate stress
•Have long been used as an additional form of healing for people who are ill and as activities for the mentally handicapped
•Teach children about the environment and plants and about working with others
•Give older people a way to be productive, interact with, and mentor /care for children
•Provide the opportunities for everyone in a neighborhood to be able to interact and work together and learn about each other
•Save money for people growing their own food
•Help homeless people, and others in difficult situations, to regain their pride and sense of belonging to a community, learn skills and be productive for their own sake and the sake of the community.
The TEAM Community Garden is a symbol of the spirit of people working together for a most-special goal:
A TEAM effort, it's about engaging people; meeting them where they are; and building, making, growing, providing, creating, having, teaching, giving, saving, helping, together...