Horticultural therapy is a professional practice that uses plants and gardening to improve mental and physical health. Any group or individual can benefit from interacting with plants, including veterans, children, the elderly and those dealing with addiction and mental health problems.
Plants reward us with change: a new leaf, a new fruit, a new flower, fragrance. They stimulate our senses. They teach us about the circadian rhythm and the natural order of life. They take us back to simple living by giving us an appreciation of our basic needs - sunlight, nutrition and shelter. They teach us how our own behavior and speech impacts our growth and the growth of life around us.
Humans have evolved over the centuries in a green world with plants. People and plants share an ancient bond - trees and vegetation have always provided us food, medicine and shelter. We have a physiological need that "wakes up" when we spend enough time in nature.
Through our gardening programs, we'll teach participants to use that people-plant connection to inspire learning and personal growth!
Be sure to keep checking back as progress with this part of the farm grows- we're excited to add new homesteading-type products and activities in the near future!