Sun Seed Soil - Horticultural Therapy Program
Horticultural Therapy is for providers and educators serving people with mental, emotional, physical, and social challenges. Senior citizens and the elderly; persons with disabilities; veterans; special and regular education children and adults; clients or patients in therapy, rehabilitation or recovery; residents in group homes, treatment facilities and foster care; and all people in transition or who need to enhance their quality of life, horticultural therapy is an option.
Horticultural Therapy is a process through which plants, gardening activities, and the innate closeness we feel toward nature are used as vehicles in professionally conducted programs of therapy and rehabilitation . It is widely used within a broad range of rehabilitative, vocational and community settings.
What is Sun Seed Soil?
Sun Seed Soil Horticultural Therapy, a program of Seed Fork of the Highlands, offers site based and community gardening. Participants schedule time in the community garden at TTU's HYder Farm on 3087 Gainesboro Road for horticultural therapy services. These services meet therapeutic, social or vocational needs or goals of the people coming to the garden. There is no charge for the program.. Adaptive enabling tools are available.
We want to serve you!!
Come to the garden
Learn to garden.. Enjoy fresh air and sunshine... Take ownership in the growing process... Get free food..
For information call now Ellen Wolfe 931-261-2111 firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Horticultural Therapy?
Horticultural Therapy brings plants and people together to improve lives and support healing or rehabilitation for challenged and recovering population. Horticultural therapy is a process through which plants, gardening activities, and the innate closeness we feel toward nature are vehicles used in professionally conducted programs . Horticultural Therapy is widely used within a broad range of rehabilitative, vocational and community settings.
Horticultural Therapy Program Goals
Goal I Integrate horticultural therapy activities with traditional therapies and established goals
Obj. 1. support healing and rehabilitation for people with disabilities, disadvantages, and disease
a.provide plant based services and programs
b.offer experiencesin natural environments
Obj. 2. support recovery from illness, injury, or traumas
a. cultivate a healing environment
b. offer nature, soil, sunshine and seed based opportunities
Obj. 3. provide land based opportunities to improve mental, physical, and emotional health
a. design and create sensory, herb, vegetable or other gardens
b. design and create walking, recovery, or meditation gardens
Obj. 4. provide enabling adaptive tools as rehabilitative support
a.offer raised beds, garden trellises and adaptive enabling gardens
b. provide the use of enabling tools
Goal II. Support individual goals or treatment plans for people served in therapeutic, wellness,
vocational, rehabilitation, and medical settings
Obj. 1. enhance quality of life
a.provide socialization and usefulness opportunities
b. encourage participation and team work
Obj. 2. offer self-expression, creativity and sensory stimulation opportunities
a. create pressed flower designs, collages, and nature arrangements`
b. create crafts from gourds, flowers, and nature objects
Obj. 3. encourage independence and self sufficiency
a. gain ownership through gardening
b. develop or maintain strength and fine motor skills
Obj. 4. devlop life or job skills and positive work habits
a. teach gardening skills
b. offer horticulture, flower design, and landscaping skills
III. Bring plants and people together to support awareness, education, advocacy, and self sufficiency
Obj. 1. participate in Farm to Table Events and other community events
a. grow, harvest, and prepare local fresh vegetables
b. set up and manage events
Obj. 2. engage in educational opportunities
a. share personal gardening stories
b. offer or participate in workshops or classes
Obj. 3. contribute to community economic and social growth
a. propagate, grow and sell plants and produce
b. sell nature made objects and crafts
How Will People Benefit?
Horticultural Therapy techniques and practices assist people to learn new skills or regain those that are lost. Engaging in soil with seeds and plants can improve memory, cognition, task initiation, and language skills. As physical rehabilitation, horticultural therapy can help strengthen muscles and improve balance, coordination, and endurance. Socialization, creative expression, and the need to get fresh air and exercise can be meet through horticultural therapy.