Billy Allen


Mon July 15, 2013

Assisted-living facility administrator sows garden in downtown Alexandria

The harvest at The Canterbury House in downtown Alexandria where baskets of fresh produce are made up for local senior citizens.
Credit The Canterbury House

Officials with an assisted-living facility in downtown Alexandria have turned an adjacent property into a half-acre garden. Billy Allen, administrator of The Canterbury House, said the garden started as an idea to build a small raised bed but was scaled up. He said its 25 residents are enjoying the first bountiful summer harvest.

“I bet we picked 400 tomatoes," Allen said. "They (residents) have a salad with every lunch and every dinner, and it’s got sliced tomatoes on it.”

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