BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Abby Jaroslow, HTR
NJ - OPEN
NY - Anne Meore, LMSW, HTR
PA - Patti Loughridge, HTA
Elections and Awards
Mandy Swope-Joos, HTR
Pam Young, HTR;
Greetings MAHTN members,
It’s hard to believe the holidays are upon us and autumn seems to have made a rapid retreat. With reports of a frost coming to the Mid-Atlantic Region this week, we’ve harvested what we could and put our gardens to bed while our thoughts move indoors. As our programs turn to pressed flowers, dried herbs, terrariums and the like, our dreams are filled with plans for spring, seed catalogs and the next garden design. It’s a joy to share a profession with colleagues who love their work, dream with hearts in the earth and believe in the miracle that each little seed holds.
Of course, end of the year means Membership Renewal season is here. At $25.00 for the year, this expense is a great investment in your professional growth. Keep an eye on your inbox for news from MAHTN and information on the 2018 Events Calendar.
I am pleased to report that we had another wonderfully successful and educational MAHTN Annual Conference. Nearly 30% of our members attended the conference. We were treated to three, dynamic speakers, great food and wonderful tours of the community gardens provided by the residents of Foulkesways Retirement Community. A HUGE thank you goes to John Kennedy, Flik Lifestyles Director of Food Service at Foulkeways, who arranged for use of the site and chaired the conference. Thanks also to all of the worker bees who made the day great!
Every year we hold our Annual General Members' Meeting at the conference and announce the winners of the Linda Ciccantelli Student Scholarship and our Professional Excellence Awards. One of the best parts of my job is helping to choose these winners and present them to membership. I am particularly proud of our students this year, as we had eleven applicants. It was a difficult choice because they were all excellent candidates. Read about our winners in this edition of the newsletter. Congratulations to the MAHTN award recipients for 2017!
As we head towards year’s end, the MAHTN Board of Directors has been busy wrapping up this year’s business and preparing for 2018. We recently met for a weekend retreat at Meadowood Retirement Community, where Patti Loughridge, VP of PA for MAHTN, is Director of Horticulture. We welcomed our newest board member, Anne Fahey, Member-at-Large, who is Superintendent for Horticulture Education at Frelinghuysen Arboretum in NJ. The board worked hard for two long days, planning for MAHTN’s future and growth in 2018. You’ll be hearing more about this soon.
One of our initiatives for 2018 is finding out what membership benefits you value most and how we can help you become more fully engaged with MAHTN and your professional colleagues. Please reach out to any of our BOD members with questions, concerns, information on how to become more involved, or discuss how MAHTN can better serve you. I look forward to meeting you soon.
Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.
Abby Jaroslow, HTR
Fall.... perhaps for you it is the time of year to venture on some great fall hikes, where the air is alive with sounds of wind and falling leaves swirl around you...and it's a time our nesting instincts come to the forefront as well. Which means compiling seed catalogs and some good books for reading, and thinking of some new recipes for good health and lining your nest for the season ahead. For me, I always use this time to consider a look back and a look ahead for the new year and changes or improvements to my horticultural therapy practice. MAHTN would like you to take a moment and consider the ways you might help us grow this year. There are many opportunities for you to have an active role; hosting a meeting, writing an article for the newsletter, joining a committee, helping or presenting at our annual MAHTN Conference. Whether the role is big or small, please consider contributing some time and energy to invest, explore and engage with MAHTN.
For your reflection this holiday season, this edition includes All Things MAHTN...please enjoy the heartfelt recap of our MAHTN Service Project meeting in August. The summary of the day's events at our most recent MAHTN Annual Conference. The announcement of our 2017 MAHTN Award recipients. A spotlight highlighting the work of one of our own members.
Thanks to Lesley Fleming, HTR, our contributor for the Practitioner’s Forum. This edition includes the final of a four part series on the ‘Treatment Process’ and this article focuses on the ‘Measuring Outcomes’ phase, which is an integral part of an effective HT treatment plan.
Plants sometimes come across our radar for a reason. They teach us life lessons, some history, provide metaphors, nourishment, beauty and make for some interesting HT programming. One such gem is the nasturtium. All Things Nasturtium highlights some aspects of this plant that might make you look at it with a new perspective next growing season.
When we think of colder weather approaching we think of staying warm and Milkweed on the Runway this Fall, introduces you to an opportunity to be fashion forward and best-dressed for the new year. Who knew milkweed could be the new plant-based, faux-fur. Consider this an interesting and humorous bit of trivia to add to your HT sessions this season.
If you have any suggestions for articles, would like to provide some feedback regarding MAHTNMatters or would like to contribute to a future edition please reach out to me.
All the best to you and your HT endeavors!
Pam Young, HTR
WHAT YOU'LL FIND IN THE FALL ISSUE
Consider this an early reminder for 2018 to renew your membership. Thank you to those who took the opportunity to renew early at our MAHTN conference in October. YOUR organization provides the opportunity for you to take time to invest in professional development, explore innovative local HT programs, and engage in networking opportunities with a supportive community of colleagues. MAHTN affords members access and information to conferences, research updates, quarterly newsletters, job/internship postings, mentoring opportunities, and so much more.
If you haven't already renewed your MAHTN membership, NOW is the time. Membership to MAHTN provides member benefits for a full calendar year, January through December. Membership for 2017 expires on December 31st. We are currently accepting renewals and new members. Your dues enable us to support MAHTN's mission of promoting the practice of horticultural therapy across the Mid-Atlantic region. Whether you are renewing your MAHTN membership, joining for the first time, or re-joining after a break, there are two ways to apply:
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For the Muffins:
1 C water
2 Earl Grey tea bags
1-2 springs of lemon verbena
4 tsp. minced verbena leaves
2 C flour
2 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1/2 C oil
½ C brown sugar
½ C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
For the Glaze:
1 1/4 C 10x sugar
2 TBSP lemon juice
Place water, tea bags and sprigs of verbena in pot. Heat to boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Remove the tea bags and verbena.
In a bowl, mist together eggs and oil. Mix in sugars and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to egg mixture alternately with tea. Fold in verbena and spoon into prepared pan.
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until done.
Mix together confectioner's sugar and lemon juice. Drizzle over cooled muffins.
By Mandy Joos, HTR
The sun shone brightly on Saturday, August 19th, and so dawned another beautiful day for a MAHTN event. We were met at The Variety Club Camp in Worcester, PA by Steve Rock, Sr. Director of Facilities.
Since 1935, The Variety Club has continued its mission to enrich the lives of children and young adults with disabilities through social, educational and vocational programs that nurture independence and self-confidence, and prepares them for life.
Steve Rock, SR gave us the history, current mission and an impassioned description of the facility. Three campers then addressed the group. These included Steve Rock, Jr. whose moving words appear below. These young people outline the necessity and importance of Horticultural and Vocational programs such as the Variety Club.
The group was treated to a sumptuous lunch, exquisitely prepared using fresh vegetables harvested by Patti Loughridge, MAHTN VP PA and Sue Gilmore. The fine repast gave attendees ample strength to tour the facility and engage in a service project. We worked to clean up the garden and to harvest from the laden plants. We left satisfied from a day well spent, with arms full of vegetables grown by The Variety Club.
The words of long time Variety Club Camper, Steve Rock, Jr. as noted during our visit. On a beautiful sunny day in August, I met a young man at the farm stand which stood at the end of the Variety Club’s driveway. He sold me some vegetables, was courteous and counted out the change in his head. He turned out to be a camp member of long standing. His name was Steve Rock.
Later, during our meeting, Steve stood up to tell the assembled group about his experience with The Variety Club. As soon as he started speaking, I was moved to start writing his words down on paper as they were so eloquent and sincere. They follow:
“I don’t have the best balance and I can’t drive. But I can tell you that gardening is good for the soul. It is good for the body. It is good for me. I am in the best place I can be. I am able to engage my mind and get exercise while caring for the plants.
I am grateful for my father’s talent and my mother’s good heart. My father is somewhat of a hero for me. He was there for me when I needed him.
"The primary goal of The Variety Club is to get young people ready for their life. To teach young people the value of the process of planting things, watching them grow, harvesting and learning to eat correctly. You get exercise doing this work. It is a process people need to learn.
"They need to learn to eat correctly. I like Chef BoyarDee. But, it is more nutritious to eat things fresh without chemicals. Eat food that is good for your body. This is why farmers live to be 100!
"I can’t say enough wonderful things about the program here. Hopefully we can spur activity to get donations to help run the camp. It is important to get people like my parents involved. These people have the vision to make it work. In the end we are a nonprofit organization. Which is good for the people who are disabled, who need that.
"The greenhouse was at first filled with crap. Horrible left over stuff, horribleness and spider webs! When I walked through with my father, I didn’t see the weeds, dust and left over machines. What I saw was potential. Potential to become something great.
"Meditation is part of therapy. I cannot sit and “ooohm” like yoga. Watering, harvesting, weeding is important to do and is mediation. It is quick and I focus on the task at hand. I like to play music while I work. The plants are all Dead Heads like me. They like Stevie Ray Vaughan too. It quiets your mind taking care of plants and you get exercise.
"I am healing and that is a hard thing to do. I am so happy that I get the chance to do this great thing. I am very able. I can do things. Working with money is good for your head. It is important for my eyes and my mind. I am blessed that I can add in my mind.
"Something like this program is very important for many people. Future people will learn to work with plants and cook and eat healthy. Because, let’s face it, Chef BoyarDee is good, but it is not good for the soul. And please, for the love of God play Grateful Dead when you plant!”
I stopped to buy more vegetables on my way out that day. There was Steve manning the shop. I complimented him on his delivery. He replied, “Was it good? It was straight out of my head. Nothing written down, nothing rehearsed”. ----
"It was amazing!", I replied