Charles Taylor, a 74-year-old life-long gardener, composter, and advocate of cooking and grilling fresh foods, lost his gardening land when he relocated from his house to an apartment. So, in the summer of 2009 he found himself clambering out of a window onto the second story rooftop of the Hammond Street Senior Center in search of a space to grow the fresh vegetables he loved.
The sunny Bangor, Maine senior center roof started out as a spot for a few tomato plants and leafy greens. Now it is growing into a model to inspire healthy eating, gardening for exercise, and a place for seniors to dream big.
"You can lose a piece of yourself because you’ve lost your land. Our land is on the roof."