Category — Horticulture Therapy
This is the third in a four-part series of articles about a local community garden and how people from around the globe met and learned each other’s stories while working the soil.
By Laura Giles
Oct 7, 2016
At the garden this summer, Katya enjoyed having the opportunity to visit with Russian and Ukrainian friends while they all worked in their plots. They also helped each other if one was away on vacation or could not make it to the garden that day.
“Growing plants is the same as growing kids – lots of hard work,” Katya said. “It was interesting to see the people from different countries and what they grew,” she said about the community garden. “The whole season here is very dry. We have to water almost every day. In Russia, we only have to water maybe twice a week at most,” she said.
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Philippines: Retired Police Officer Wants to Use Square Foot Gardening to Rehabilitate Drug Offenders
CAGAYAN DE ORO. Retired police officer Honorio Cervantes in his organic farm at Zone 5, Barangay Pagatpat, this city. An advocate of square foot gardening, he dreams that his gardening method will be a model project to the youth and even former drug personalities.
“As a farmer, I have this movement I call FAITH which means ‘Food Always in the Home’.
By Abigail Viguella
Oct 1, 2016
A retired city police director and a barangay kagawad, Cervantes is aware of the inevitable dilemma of drug dependents who have already surrendered. The square foot urban gardening may be a venue for recovery and reconciliation with one’s self, he noted.
“It is amazing how far this project has come. Agriculture specialists, agriculture majors, and even common farming enthusiasts are now coming to my farm just to have me discuss this method to them,” said Cervantes.
October 6, 2016 Comments Off on Philippines: Retired Police Officer Wants to Use Square Foot Gardening to Rehabilitate Drug Offenders
The aim of the garden is to get people involve healthy activities and build their confidence.
By Jack Furness
September 26, 2016
One of the volunteers, Andrew Gibson, has been taken on by the centre full-time to maintain the plot.
The 38-year old, from Newcastle, said: “I wanted to give something back. I was a hopeless drug addict and an alcoholic and my life wasn’t really worth living until I came into rehab.
“I started taking drugs when I was 13 and took them all of the way through my adult life. And when I was 30, alcohol started to become a major problem.
October 3, 2016 Comments Off on UK: Recovering addicts grow confidence at Newcastle allotment plot
“The guys in the program have so many Aha! moments when they learn how growing food and creating gardens can be a solution for healing many systems: social systems, food systems and environmental systems.”
THE H-UNIT AT San Quentin State Prison just north of San Francisco houses inmates serving sentences under 15 years. Enclosed in a far corner of the barren blacktop expanse sit four raised beds of greens, herbs and ornamental plants. At this green oasis, men enrolled in the Insight Garden Program (IGP) are offered the opportunity to re-envision their lives as fertile ground. Here, inmates dig the soil, plant seeds, pull weeds and spread mulch. Along with this vocational training, they’re also introduced to holistic practices like mindfulness meditation and systems thinking. This unique approach helps inmates connect to self, nature and community, providing a foundation for a healthier life while in prison and after release.
September 21, 2016 Comments Off on San Quentin State Prison – Insight Garden Program (IGP)
“It definitely keeps you sane when you’re in an urban environment that is sometimes full of conflict.”
By Amy Rutledge
Sept 12, 2016
While the community is labeled a “food desert,” Stephanie and her helpers – many of them special needs students– teach kids and adults in the neighborhood how to grow food to feed their own families or even supplement their income.
Together with resident Godwin Akpan, who manages a neighborhood food bank, Dunn is spreading healthy food across the area. They’re even hosting their first big farmers market this fall, which they hope sales will raise money to expand the urban gardening and farming initiative.
September 18, 2016 Comments Off on Chicago: 28–year-old master gardener started three organic urban farms
These results “strongly suggest that getting out into natural environments” could be an easy and almost immediate way to improve moods for city dwellers, Mr. Bratman said.
By Gretchen Reynolds
New York Times
July 22, 2015
City dwellers also have a higher risk for anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses than people living outside urban centers, studies show.
These developments seem to be linked to some extent, according to a growing body of research. Various studies have found that urban dwellers with little access to green spaces have a higher incidence of psychological problems than people living near parks and that city dwellers who visit natural environments have lower levels of stress hormones immediately afterward than people who have not recently been outside.
September 12, 2016 Comments Off on How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain
Veteran Robert Bishop of Huntington tends to his vegetables at the Gateway Park Community Garden in Huntington Station on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. The community garden has set aside garden beds for former servicemen and -women to grow their own fresh produce. Photo Credit: Daniel Goodrich
Long Island has the second highest rate of returning veterans in the United States, according to the Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island.
By Valerie Bauman
Aug 23, 2016
Pillmeier, 56, is taking advantage of new veterans-only planting beds that opened in June at the Gateway Community Garden in Huntington Station. The project was established through a collaboration between The Harry Chapin Food Bank and Humanitarian Center and the Long Island Community Agriculture Network, both based in Huntington Station.
September 2, 2016 Comments Off on Huntington Station garden in Long Island brings vets and veggies together
Walker Marsh created “Tha Flower Factory,” by transforming a vacant lot in East Baltimore into a half-acre full production flower farm. He submitted a winning idea in Baltimore City’s Growing Green Design Competition and hopes to inspire other urban farmers while beautifying the neighborhood, reducing pollution levels and providing job training. (Courtesy of the Mayor’s Office).
Walker’s idea represents a creative way of thinking about supporting urban agriculture, eliminating blight, reducing stormwater runoff, lowering lead levels, adding a community resource, providing job training and beautifying the city.
By Zoe Zellers
WWMT West Michigan
August 18th 2016
What happens when residents walk by and see the beauty that has bloomed on their block? What’s their reaction like and how does that make you feel?
Everyone loves it! Folks have seen it from the very beginning when the growers and I were just out there moving rocks around to beautiful sunflowers popping up. I have received nothing but support and it makes me feel accomplished because I know people enjoy what I’m doing.
August 26, 2016 Comments Off on Welcome to Tha Flower Factory: Vacant East Baltimore lot blossoms into something beautiful
The book is a starter guide for growing and using local plants as medicine.
By Author, Bonnie Rose Weaver, and editor, Mari Amend
Deeply Rooted includes:
Over 40 original drawings and graphics by Bonnie Rose Weaver
Foreword by San Francisco urban farmer Caitlyn Galloway of Little City Gardens
Essay by Lauren Kaneko-Jones, LAc of SWAP and Well in the West about living in harmony with the seasons -Specific herbal cultivation techniques
August 23, 2016 Comments Off on Deeply Rooted: Medicinal Plant Cultivation in Techtropolis
Only 62% of people aged over 65 are involved in gardening.
To find out whether gardening is a pastime that the older generation already enjoy, NRS Healthcare surveyed 503 people over the age of 65 in the UK asking “Do you garden?” 62% answered that they do.
NRS Healthcare felt that the health benefits of gardening, which include the following, are so far reaching that they should encourage more older people to take up this relatively easy activity:
The number of disabled people in the UK is at just over 10 million. Gardening is a simple exercise that can help to build strength and encourage better physical health gently.
August 13, 2016 Comments Off on NRS Healthcare encourages more people to start gardening no matter their age or ability
We recommend that the key influencers in the health, environmental, and gardening and horticulture sectors need to come together and develop a stronger joint strategy that will allow them to have a greater influence on policy on gardens and health at the strategic as well as local level, and contribute constructively to debates on sustainability
By David Buck
The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England.
This report was commissioned by the National Gardens Scheme
Executive summary: What this report is about
This report looks at the impact of gardens and gardening on health and wellbeing, and explores what the NHS and the wider health and social care system can do to maximise this impact.
Gardens are often thought of as intimate private spaces attached to private households but they can also be large private or formal gardens open to the public, or part of hospitals, care homes or hospices. Gardens serve many purposes: they can be cultivated for flowers or growing food; used as spaces for exercise, relaxation, solace and recovery; used as places to play, meet and volunteer; and can be part of wider environmental, planning or sustainability policies.
August 3, 2016 Comments Off on Gardens and health: Implications for policy and practice
Before it was abandoned, when hundreds of homeless people, addicts, and troubled teens slept there every night, the island in Boston Harbor had a thriving farm that produced thousands of pounds of organically grown vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey, and more.
By David Abel
JULY 25, 2016
Company officials also said they intend to grow the produce most used at their restaurants — some 40,000 pounds of kale, beets, cabbage, and other vegetables — rather than basing their choice of crops on the community’s needs.
“It’s heartbreaking what’s happening,” said Elissa Nabozny, a former volunteer on the farm.
Nabozny said she doesn’t understand why the city didn’t allow its employees, or a nonprofit group devoted to the homeless, to use the 2.5 acres of farmland. The farm used to be run by Serving Ourselves, a city job-training program for the homeless that focused on agriculture.
July 30, 2016 Comments Off on Boston Urban Farm that once benefited the homeless now run by fast-food chain
The politicians at the Republican National Convention like to depict refugees as terrorists and a danger to American society. But if they took a short trip to the farm, they could get a very different perspective.
By Casey Tolan
July 21, 2016
On the Republican National Convention stage, refugees have been a popular punching bag. Rudy Giuliani said Syrian refugees could be “operatives who are terrorists, who are going to come to Western Europe and here and kill us.” Ted Cruz claimed that the Obama administration was “admitting ISIS terrorists as refugees.”
July 22, 2016 Comments Off on Meet the refugee farmers of Cleveland who are actually making America great again
The families who use the garden come from Bhutan, Burma, Nigeria, and Laos.
By John Sharify
July 14, 2016
“It’s something they grew in Bhutan. It’s not just a green. It’s a piece of home,” says Tyler George-Minette, New Roots Coordinator for the International Rescue Committee for Seattle and Sea Tac.
The Namaste Community Garden he oversees serves the refugee community in the area. The families who use the garden come from Bhutan, Burma, Nigeria, and Laos.
“Each family gets one plot,” says Dal Diyali, who moved to the area from Bhutan.
July 18, 2016 Comments Off on Seattle’s International Rescue Committee is helping local refugees rebuild their lives
Pat Kincaid poses for a portrait in Kingston, Ont., on Friday July 8, 2016. Kincaid served 4 1/2 years at the Frontenac Institution where he cared for 120 animals as part of the prison farm. (Photo: Lars Hagberg/CP)
In addition to helping the inmates develop a good work ethic, the farms produced food that was used to feed the prison population as well as supply local food banks, and also helped the local economy as it generated the need for fertilizer, equipment and other supplies, said Peters.
By Diana Mehta
The Canadian Press
Pat Kincaid credits the dairy cows on a now-shuttered prison farm in Ontario with teaching him the skills he needed to break a life-long cycle of crime and incarceration.
The 65-year-old Kingston, Ont., resident, who has spent a total of 35 years behind bars for assaults, thefts and other property crimes, hopes other inmates get the chance to benefit from a program the federal Liberal government is now considering reopening.
July 14, 2016 Comments Off on Canada: Prison Farms Shut Down By Harper Government May Be Reopened By Liberals