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Groton Landmark Gets Classic Garden

Through the generosity of Bill Lincoln and the Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Association, and the work of plough-trained draft horses, the Fairview Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut will soon have a 30-foot by 70-foot garden.  The plot will supply vegetables to the majestic retirement and nursing-care facility, located opposite the Coast Guard Academy on the Groton bank of the Thames River.

Pictured at the garden’s groundbreaking are members of Fairview’s staff, local dignitaries, and volunteers: Left to right are Patrick Kelley, Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Assoc.; Andy Maynard, State Senator; Elisa Wright, State Representative; James Rosenman, Fairview Administrator; Joe Lopes, Fairview Maintenance Department; Joe Schoonmaker, Connecticut Corrections Department and Community Gardens Assoc.; Tomi Stanley, Fairview Recreation Department; Dave Fairman, Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Assoc.; Marian Galbraith, Groton City Mayor; John Waller, Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Assoc.; Bill Lincoln, Jim Reid, Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue; and Dave Bradham, Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue.

But it’s more than a garden—it’s a gift of love and work.

Bill owns a rescue draft horse and volunteers at the Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue in Haddam Neck.  He wanted to do something to give back to Fairview to acknowledge the wonderful care his mother-in-law received while she was a resident.

Bill brought his horse to Fairview June 14 and was accompanied by three other Belgian rescue horses and several volunteers. Together they plowed and harrowed the garden plot directly in front of the home’s recreation department.

The crops will be cared for by volunteers and the foods and herbs produced will be prepared in Fairview’s kitchen for residents. The garden will be wheelchair and walker accessible.