Community Support Services, Inc.

Community Support Services, Inc. is committed to the provision of quality community-based services to individuals with developmental disabilities. We provide innovative services to support an individual with their needs in school, work, home and the community. We strive to serve individuals in the environments in which they desire to live, work, recreate, and learn. Our services are flexible and designed in accordance with each individual's self-directed life goals.
Sep 4, 2012

Garden to Table: Crops coming full circle

Individuals at CSS continue to nourish the six garden plots at Wooten Mill Garden Park in Gaithersburg. While many crops are coming to a close for the season, the tomatoes are abundant! Dozens of crates of a variety of tomatoes are brought back to the CSS kitchen. Chef Adam incorporates the fruit, as well as other crops from the garden,  into the weekly Healthy Living cooking classes, using recipes such as fresh tomato and basil soup. The remaining tomatoes are cooked in bulk recipes, such as marina sauce or ketchup, and canned. The resulting product is divided among CSS residential houses for the individuals to use at home while preparing healthy meals.

Jun 5, 2012

CSS's Garden to Table Program in the News!

Rockville 11's special correspondent Rocio Snowdy covers Community Support Services, Inc.'s Garden to Table program at the Woottons Mill Garden Plots - watch this short video to find out how the program fosters a unique learning experience for community members.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZMUK6ZyExs&feature=youtu.be

May 22, 2012

2012 Garden to Table Progam

2012 spring Crops
2012 spring Crops

The Garden to Table program is an ongoing activity in which individuals who receive day and residential
support services can participate. Some individuals work in the gardens just during the growing season, others participate in cooking classes year round, some assist with distributing fresh produce to houses and others receive
nutritional consultation and individual instruction.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults and children with disabilities face rates of
obesity that are often 38-57% higher than the national rate of obesity in non-disabled adults and children. There are currently no community classes or programs accommodated to provide specialized instruction for adults with down’s syndrome or intellectual disabilities.

In direct response to the need for nutrition education in the community, CSS piloted a "Garden to Table" program this past year. Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities planted and harvested seasonal vegetables in partnership with Red Wiggler Farm, participated in cooking instruction and incorporated nutritional recommendations into daily menu planning in their own homes. Increased skill and independence in cooking and healthy eating provides multiple opportunities for inclusion with other people such as gardening in community plots alongside community members, grocery shopping at local stores, and social events involving food preparation such as dinner parties or picnics.

 



Garlic
Garlic
broccoli, onions, lettuce, spinach
broccoli, onions, lettuce, spinach
cabbage onion kale snowpea seedlings from seeds
cabbage onion kale snowpea seedlings from seeds
Purple lettuce, Georgia onions, and spinach
Purple lettuce, Georgia onions, and spinach
giant red mustard greens and garlic at lowfield
giant red mustard greens and garlic at lowfield

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