Officials with the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area and the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center unveiled the center's new Veteran's Garden on Thursday.

The garden features raised-bed plots, benches and rain collection systems.

The goal of the Veteran's Garden is to provide a place for veterans to work together, build skills for healthy living and connect to their community.

"The Central New York Veteran's Outreach Center Veteran Garden offers our veterans a beautiful and tranquil space to clear their minds and enrich their lives," said Michael Caiola, CNY VOC Case Manager. "Projects like the garden are only possible because of the tremendous partnership forged between The CNY VOC and United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area. On behalf of The CNY VOC and our veterans we are truly grateful."

Produce from the garden will be available at no cost to local veterans and their families on a first come, first served basis.

Construction of the Veteran's Garden was made possible through collaboration between the United Way, The Hartford, Curtis Lumber Company, Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of the Mohawk Valley, Stone Age Landscaping LLC, and Westminster Moriah Olivet Presbyterian Church.

Dave Smith, WIBX
Dave Smith, WIBX

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