CULTURAL URBAN GARDEN PROJECT
Worcester is full of empty parking lots that have no economic value and diminish the beauty of our city. The Southeast Asian Coalition of Central MA decided to take a holistic approach to this matter. We’ve teamed up with multiple generations of Southeast Asians to transform these spaces into lively, bright and flourishing greens. After cultivating vegetables that are native to Asia, our volunteers utilize the food for traditional dishes as part of Healthy Living and Eating Habits and Mental Wellness programs.
What challenge does this address?
Depression, isolation, stress, & loneliness
Minimal friendship or personal encounters
Lack of physical activity
Disconnect between older generations
BENEFITS for elders and youth
Improvement on mental health
Sense of home and belonging
Encourages healthy diet & lifestyle
Mentorship on a multigenerational level
Alleviation of stress
Archive traditional Asian dishes