New gardens provide seniors with fresh herbs and spices |

“Going green” can be tasty as well as environmentally sound.

Residents of Cedar Crest retirement community in Pompton Plains are finding that out by participating in the planting and tending of garden beds at the community, growing herbs and spices that are used in meals for the approximately 2,000 residents.

Sage, savory, marjoram, oregano, thyme, basil and parsley are just some of the plants that the seniors tend and harvest for use in the kitchen as well as being sold at the community’s monthly farmers market.

The program is part of Cedar Crest’s ongoing commitment to “green” awareness. In 2009, the community built a fuel conversion system that transforms 500 gallons of used cooking oil a month into fuel to operate its shuttle buses.

The retirement community is located at 1 Cedar Crest Village Drive in Pompton Plains, Pequannock Township.