The vegetables of their labor


Bristol Manor residents create, care for vegetable garden

By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]



Scott McHenry, of New Hope Baptist Church, left, hoes the vegetable garden at Bristol Manor of Sedalia Tuesday morning while resident Edna Abney looks on. The nine residents of the facility decided they wanted to plant a garden as one of the activities they participate in. Abney said the residents sometimes get tired of doing all the “glue and paper stuff” and thought planting seeds would be a change of pace.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Bristol Manor resident Thomas Arnold gets ready to take a bite out of one of the onions he pulled Tuesday morning from the residents’ garden at the residential care facility. The residents have planted a variety of vegetables including potatoes, squash and cabbage in a small garden adjacent to the facility. All of the produce grown is used by Administrator Stacey Roberts and her staff for the residents’ meals.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Edna Abney inspects the first crop of green beans that are almost ready to be picked from the garden at Bristol Manor of Sedalia. Abney said many of the residents were looking forward to the first green beans of the season and had been enjoying the onions they had already pulled from the garden.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Stacy Roberts, administrator for Bristol Manor of Sedalia, holds one of the onions she pulled Tuesday morning from the residents’ garden at the facility. Roberts said she and her staff use the produce from the garden in the residents’ meals. The residents really seem to enjoy meat and potatoes but like their vegetables and desserts too, she said.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

From left, Scott McHenry, men’s ministry lead for New Hope Baptist Church, Bristol Manor resident Thomas Arnold, director Stacy Roberts, and resident Edna Abney stand in the garden at Bristol Manor of Sedalia. The nine residents wanted to plant a garden this year as one of their activities. All of the produce the residents grow is used in the meals prepared for the residents.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

What began as a way for the residents of Bristol Manor of Sedalia to remain active has turned into a bountiful feast for those who live at the residential care facility.

The nine residents at the facility planted a garden in April and have now started to harvest some of the produce that they then enjoy as part of their diet.

“When I started here in April as the administrator, the previous administrator wanted to have a garden here,” Bristol Manor Administrator Stacy Roberts said. “The residents had asked her about the possibility and it seemed like something they really wanted to do.

“Before she left she and I started the project with the help of the residents,” she added. “Now I am just starting to get some of the first crops out to use in their meals here.”

The assisted living facility provides three meals and a snack to the residents each day that are prepared by Roberts and her staff.

“We all have the same meals,” Roberts said. “The residents who are with us now are real meat and potatoes eaters, they really enjoy that.

“If I fix that with a vegetable they are really happy, of course they do like their desserts too, but we watch what they eat and monitor their diets,” she added. “One thing we do have to do is add lots of spices to the food because they seem to like the taste of them.”

The garden is planted with cabbage, peppers, potatoes, green beans, squash, onions and tomatoes and so far, the residents have been enjoying the scallions with several of their meals.

“They always try to have a lot of activities for us here,” resident Edna Abney said. “I think we all got tired of the glue and paper stuff and so we decided to try and plant some seeds indoors in flats.

“They all came up but one kind and so we said ‘What do we do with them now?’” Abney added. “Well, you know how one thing leads to another so we decided to plant a garden.”

Resident Randy Stevenson did much of the initial planting and work at the garden, which is adjacent to the residence.

All of the residents lend a hand in one way or another at the garden and they have received some outside help with some of the more difficult chores.

A member of Abney’s church, Scott McHenry, lead of the men’s ministry at New Hope Baptist Church, has volunteered to help keep the garden free of weeds.

“On the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, Edna’s son Chris called and asked me if I would be willing to help at the garden,” McHenry said. “We had just started the men’s ministry back up and one of the things we try to do is whenever we see a job that needs to be done we get out there and try to help.

“I noticed the weeds were starting to take over and so I decided I could take care of that,” he added. “It’s the way I was raised and so I came over to give them a hand.”

The residents not only appreciate McHenry but Roberts as well.

“I love to eat, plain and simple,” resident Thomas Arnold said. “Stacey is the best cook we’ve ever had here; she can make something out of nothing.

“If I had my way I’d make the garden even bigger,” he added with a smile after pulling one of the onions, cleaning it with his hand and taking a big bite.

Scott McHenry, of New Hope Baptist Church, left, hoes the vegetable garden at Bristol Manor of Sedalia Tuesday morning while resident Edna Abney looks on. The nine residents of the facility decided they wanted to plant a garden as one of the activities they participate in. Abney said the residents sometimes get tired of doing all the “glue and paper stuff” and thought planting seeds would be a change of pace.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_tsd060816bristolgardens1.jpgScott McHenry, of New Hope Baptist Church, left, hoes the vegetable garden at Bristol Manor of Sedalia Tuesday morning while resident Edna Abney looks on. The nine residents of the facility decided they wanted to plant a garden as one of the activities they participate in. Abney said the residents sometimes get tired of doing all the “glue and paper stuff” and thought planting seeds would be a change of pace. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Bristol Manor resident Thomas Arnold gets ready to take a bite out of one of the onions he pulled Tuesday morning from the residents’ garden at the residential care facility. The residents have planted a variety of vegetables including potatoes, squash and cabbage in a small garden adjacent to the facility. All of the produce grown is used by Administrator Stacey Roberts and her staff for the residents’ meals.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_tsd060816bristolmanor2.jpgBristol Manor resident Thomas Arnold gets ready to take a bite out of one of the onions he pulled Tuesday morning from the residents’ garden at the residential care facility. The residents have planted a variety of vegetables including potatoes, squash and cabbage in a small garden adjacent to the facility. All of the produce grown is used by Administrator Stacey Roberts and her staff for the residents’ meals. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Edna Abney inspects the first crop of green beans that are almost ready to be picked from the garden at Bristol Manor of Sedalia. Abney said many of the residents were looking forward to the first green beans of the season and had been enjoying the onions they had already pulled from the garden.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_tsd060816bristolmanor3.jpgEdna Abney inspects the first crop of green beans that are almost ready to be picked from the garden at Bristol Manor of Sedalia. Abney said many of the residents were looking forward to the first green beans of the season and had been enjoying the onions they had already pulled from the garden. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Stacy Roberts, administrator for Bristol Manor of Sedalia, holds one of the onions she pulled Tuesday morning from the residents’ garden at the facility. Roberts said she and her staff use the produce from the garden in the residents’ meals. The residents really seem to enjoy meat and potatoes but like their vegetables and desserts too, she said.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_tsd060816bristolmanor4.jpgStacy Roberts, administrator for Bristol Manor of Sedalia, holds one of the onions she pulled Tuesday morning from the residents’ garden at the facility. Roberts said she and her staff use the produce from the garden in the residents’ meals. The residents really seem to enjoy meat and potatoes but like their vegetables and desserts too, she said. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

From left, Scott McHenry, men’s ministry lead for New Hope Baptist Church, Bristol Manor resident Thomas Arnold, director Stacy Roberts, and resident Edna Abney stand in the garden at Bristol Manor of Sedalia. The nine residents wanted to plant a garden this year as one of their activities. All of the produce the residents grow is used in the meals prepared for the residents.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_tsd060816bristolgarden5.jpgFrom left, Scott McHenry, men’s ministry lead for New Hope Baptist Church, Bristol Manor resident Thomas Arnold, director Stacy Roberts, and resident Edna Abney stand in the garden at Bristol Manor of Sedalia. The nine residents wanted to plant a garden this year as one of their activities. All of the produce the residents grow is used in the meals prepared for the residents. Hope Lecchi | Democrat
Bristol Manor residents create, care for vegetable garden

By Hope Lecchi

[email protected]

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

Sedalia Democrat

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

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