Here is Sarah sporting a brand new haircut and checking out the vegetable garden at Juniper Village at Lebanon! In addition to the obvious benefits to gardening – nutritious veggies and fruits for your dinner table and beautiful flowers to decorate it, gardening offers a variety of health benefits. Being outdoors offers exposure to vitamin D increasing your calcium levels, which benefits your bones and immune system. A 2006 study found that gardening could lower risk of dementia by 36 percent. The 16 year study concluded that physical activity, particularly gardening, could reduce the incidence of dementia in future years. Gardening is also a great mood booster, provides some aerobic exercise and helps combat loneliness. Because as we all know, once someone is the garden, others want to join in. Our community garden is just such a place. We practice social distancing while enjoying social interaction in our own little world.