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"Green Thumbs" Rule Summer at Fox Run

August 6, 2014

NOVI, MI (August 6, 2014) - It seems as though people who have "green thumbs" never retire, especially the men and women who live at Fox Run retirement community who tend to 38 garden spaces where fresh vegetables, fragrant herbs, and colorful flowers are grown all summer long.
John Barbay, who moved to Fox Run from Birmingham, MI, in 2004, co-chairs the Garden Club with his neighbor Peg Quigley.
"I have been gardening since I was 12 years old," John says. "I have a lot of experience."
This season, John grew green beans, eggplant, green peppers, and lots of juicy red tomatoes. John says his wife Margaret sometimes uses the just-picked vegetables from their garden to whip up a fresh summer meal.
John doesn't let his crops go to waste; he gives baskets of fresh vegetables to staff members at Fox Run. "They look forward to it every year," he says.
Fox Run's gardeners purchase their own seeds, soil, fertilizer, and other supplies. They share a communal tool shed where they store shovels, rakes, and other gardening tools that residents have donated for all of the gardeners to use.
John says each gardener works on his or her own garden whenever they choose. When they do find themselves in the garden together, they can exchange growing tips, help each other out, or just chat while they work.
All of the members of the Garden Club get together twice a year for semi-annual meetings. John says they typically enjoy a pizza lunch or desserts and lemonade at the meetings, and they host speakers who provide useful information about gardening.
Past speakers have included experts from Michigan State University's 15-acre organic farm located in Holt, MI.