An on-site fruit or vegetable garden provides convenient access to fresh fruits and vegetables, expanded opportunities for regular physical activity, and increased social interaction among occupants.
- A Fruit or Vegetable Garden is an on-site plot where fruits and vegetables are cultivated.
- Seedlings or plants that are not sprouted are accepted for this strategy for both Design and Built Pathways.
- An indoor fruit or vegetable garden or vertical garden is acceptable, assuming that it meets the size and operational requirements of the strategy.
- Demand should be based on the total number of occupants who have access to the garden; this could be all building occupants, which may be greater than the regular occupant count.
- The number of occupants should be rounded to the nearest 500; the numbers represent maximums as in 10 seedlings provide for 500 occupants maximum. For example, if the project has 1400 occupants, 30 seedlings must be provided to qualify.
- Our maximum size requirement refers to the maximum required; projects may plant more if desired.
For application with in Senior Housing projects:
- If a fruit or vegetable garden is located off site, it must be within ¼-mile (400 meter) walking route of the main building entrance.
- The garden must also include portable planters that can be brought to the user, or height adjustable planter boxes that can accommodate users in wheelchairs or with mobility issues.
- Please note that 'a minimum of 32 square feet or 3 square meters' is in addition to the requirement of 'a minimum of 1 square foot or .09 square meters per occupant.' If >32 occupants have access, the garden shown must be > 32 sq ft when using size requirements to meet demand.