Growing is Fun, Eating the Harvest is Funner

Real Estate Agent with Solid Source Realty GA 320764

A few years ago,  my hubby, Vince, and I became members of the beautiful Frank Bailey Senior Center in Riverdale, Georgia.  Just ten years old now, it is a beacon of hope and renewal for senior members of this south Atlanta suburban community. 

We joined for access to the new gym and saline pool, but soon found that the center offers a variety of fitness classes and social activities

I talked my big city born-and-bred husband into joining the garden club with me. During his working years, he'd never planted anything in his life, and always hired yard crews to tend our grass and pool. But he agreed, thinking I might need some help with the digging and any heavy lifting.

growing vegetables at Frank Bailey Community Garden

Well, to my surprise, my city-dwelling man took to raised-bed gardening like a fish to water. He is now the president of the garden club (can you believe it?) and helps all the gardeners whenever he can. 


Together we've discovered that growing vegetables is fun, and eating our harvest is even funner! These are a few photos of our award-winning garden taken at our recent Community Garden Expo. Enjoy.


senior gardener harvesting rutabaga


Community Garden Riverdale Georgia

We grow the most delicious vegetables and herbs! In fact, under his leadership our garden  won a national 1st place award in the area of health, fitness and nutrition from the National Institute of Senior Centers and the National Council on Aging.


senior gardeners at Frank Bailey Center in Riverdale GA


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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Wow.  Amazing what you can do if you try.  Good Job to you and your hubby!

Aug 10, 2017 02:00 PM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

We have had tough weather this year ad it is the worst garden in many many years..

Aug 10, 2017 03:30 PM #2
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

@William Feela, so sory to hear it. We had (and are still having) the rainiest summer I can remember here in Georgia, and our squash and tomatoes really suffered compared to last year. But we got some pretty good picks in spite of it.

Aug 11, 2017 02:21 PM #3
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Wow, you are really good in growing your veggies:) 

Great pictures! 

Aug 15, 2017 10:59 PM #4
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

What a wonderful story! At some point in the future, I'm going to attempt a vegetable garden - I'd love to be able to supply my own food!

Aug 24, 2017 07:35 AM #5
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elva, what a great looking garden, and congratulations on getting your husband to be part of this group.   GREAT JOB!  

Sep 02, 2017 05:52 AM #6
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