EDUCATING ~ CONNECTING ~ ENGAGING ~ NURTURING ~ REVITALIZING ~ COLLABORATING ~ INSPIRING
By Pam Young, HTR
As we are rounding down the peak of the summer harvest season, Mother Nature still has a way of inspiring us. I picked this perfect, heart-shaped tomato from our Enabling Garden this past week and was reminded how a viable horticultural therapy (HT) program must have a heart and reach way beyond the fence that surrounds it.
So how can you connect your HT program with your community without putting a dent in your budget? Decide to harvest your produce to donate to a local food bank, print simple "5 ingredients or less" recipes to go along with your donation. Consider submitting some of your vegetables to a local county fair or fall harvest show. Think of the fun your HT clients would have knowing they won a blue ribbon.
By connecting your HT program to the community you inspire others and bring significance to your clients, so they feel they are contributing to something larger than themselves.
Sometimes Mother Nature provides all the heart and inspiration you need. How do you look beyond the obvious when thinking of HT programming? Tell us what you do to connect your HT program to your community. We're looking forward to hearing from you!
Author Pam Young is Program Coordinator at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital HT Program and editor of the MAHTN Newsletter