BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Abby Jaroslow, HTR
NJ - OPEN
NY - Anne Meore, LMSW, HTR
PA - Patti Loughridge, HTA
Elections and Awards
Mandy Swope-Joos, HTR
Members at Large
Pam Young, HTR;
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Greetings MAHTN members,
As the summer heat and humidity rise in the coming weeks, Mother Nature tells us – the gardeners – to slow down, step back, pour yourself a nice, tall glass of iced herbal tea (from your garden, of course), and take a moment to admire the results of your hard work.
To that end, we hope you’ll join us on Saturday, August 19th when “MAHTN GOES TO CAMP”. That’s right, what better place to be on a lazy August day than summer camp? Our next Networking and Professional Development Meeting is being held at the Variety Club summer camp in Worcester, PA, where an informal garden club has grown into a wonderful therapeutic program for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. This exciting gathering and site tour will be followed by a service project. MAHTN members will lend our seasoned hands to help the Variety Club with a garden related project of their choice. Thanks to Patti Loughridge (VP, PA) for finding this interesting program, and organizing a special, lazy summer event.
Our trip to camp follows on the heels of our June program at Well Sweep Herb Farm in northwestern NJ. Early morning thunderstorms moved out giving way to lovely weather for our day at this historic property. Organizer, Megan Fainsinger, with help from Dee Young, paid meticulous attention to every detail of the day, making sure that our tour was led by the most entertaining and knowledgeable pair – owner, Grandpa Cy Hyde and his grandson, Patrick. Their respect and love for each other was matched by their informative and funny stories, creating a relaxing and educational day on the farm for those of us in attendance. Thanks to Brenda Sullivan, Mandy Joos and myself for presenting herbal HT activities. Thanks to the many other folks who brought drinks, lunch, supplies and awesome baked herbal sweets. Handouts on the HT activities and recipes are available by emailing us a request.
As we look forward, the MAHTN calendar is busy as ever. Make note of the following dates and deadlines so you don’t lose track as the busy Fall harvest comes around.
I’m proud to note that quite a few MAHTN members are presenting at the AHTA conference, scheduled for September 8th – 10th in Burlington, VT. Make sure to introduce yourself if you are at the conference.
MAHTN’s Annual Conference, “HT and the Garden to Table Movement: Growing Food for Health, Wellness and Healing,” will be held on October 13th at Foulkeways Senior Living in Gwynedd, PA. Director of Food Service and BOD Member-at-Large, John Kennedy, along with MAHTN members and Foulkeways residents, are planning a fun and inspiring day. We’ll hear stimulating presentations about developing community based garden programs in unusual spaces and we’ll be served small plate dishes, food show style, with farmers, growers and professional chefs demonstrating and serving.
Finally, it’s time for our Annual Awards of Excellence Nominations. Please read more about these initiatives and consider participating. There are two Awards for Excellence – one for an individual practitioner and the other, for programming. If you or someone you know is deserving of recognition in either of these areas please submit a nomination form by August 25th.
It’s also time for nominations to the MAHTN Board of Directors. See article with a list of open positions and instructions for submitting nominations.
Please reach out to any of our BOD members, if you’d like to be involved in planning our MAHTN events, with any questions or concerns you have about HT in the Mid-Atlantic Region or how MAHTN can better serve you. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Letter from the Editor:
My hope is that as you escape to the beach, set sail on the open seas, or curl into your Adirondack chair with mountain vistas this summer, that you take a moment to catch up on what's happening by enjoying this summer edition of MAHTNMatters.
In this issue, MAHTN members traversed the rural back roads of Warren County NJ to tour the noted herb garden, nursery, and gift shop, at Well-Sweep Farms, the location of our June MAHTN meeting. Don't miss the recap of this event as recounted by MAHTN Board Member Brenda Sullivan. Our next event Food for Thought - MAHTN Goes to Camp! will take place on August 19, 2017.
Please also mark your calendars for the MAHTN Annual Conference, Friday, October 13th, at Foulkeways Senior Living in Gwynedd, PA. The conference theme is “HT and the Garden to Table Movement: Growing Food for Health, Wellness and Healing”. You'll find up-to-the-minute details on the website conference page.
We are calling for nominations for open positions for the MAHTN Board of Directors. If you would like to help promote your profession and would enjoy a more intimate involvement with a great group of people, then being a board member might be right for you! MAHTN is also looking for nominees for our Awards of Excellence which allows us to recognize and underscore the efforts of horticultural therapists and HT programs that consistently demonstrate outstanding achievement and success within the field. You'll find the nomination form here.
Healing Power of our Herb Gardens is an encouraging article by Ann McCormick about connecting in the garden and includes a suggestions to keep in mind when creating a therapeutic space.
A great summer gift idea for HT's or for your clients is the HT programming activity, Create Your Own Insect Repellent using all natural ingredients that you can harvest from the garden.
Thanks to Lesley Fleming, HTR our contributor for the Practitioner’s Forum. This is the third article in a four-part series on the ‘Treatment Process’. This article focuses on the ‘Therapeutic Activities’ phase, which is an integral part of an effective HT treatment plan.
Breathe Easy this summer takes a look at the top 8 varieties of plants that improve air quality. Consider this list when planning your next HT session. Dish gardens with these plants would improve the health and wellness of your clients.
Now is the time to start thinking about planting for a late fall harvest. This article highlights a few good varieties and tips to get you Chillin' With Veggies on a hot summer day.
Long ago, the Physic Garden at Pennsylvania Hospital was envisioned as a source of healing plants for physical health. Foxglove for heart medicine. Lamb’s ear for bandaging. Sneezeweed for colds. How Urban Greening Affects Our Health speaks to the history of the garden which was the nations first hospital, founded in 1751,
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 this summer!
Pam Young, HTR
Grow with MAHTN & Join our Team!
Please consider joining the board of your professional organization! If you would like to help promote your profession and would enjoy a more intimate involvement with a great group of people, being a board member might be right for you!
The following positions are available beginning November 2017 for a two year term of office:
Vice President, PA (Currently serving Patti Loughridge )
Vice President, NJ (Currently vacant)
Treasurer (Currently serving Bette Walters)
Secretary (Currently serving Barbara Denson)
Program Coordinator (Currently vacant)
Another way to get a taste of what board membership feels like is to become a member-at-large. Interested members are appointed to these positions for a one-year term – 1 from each state. Experience is not necessary, but enthusiasm and interest are a must!!
To learn more about a position you may be interested in, contact the currently serving officers or board members.
To obtain a Nomination Form contact Mandy Swope Joos.
Deadline for Nomination Forms is August 25th.
Come Grow with MAHTN
Membership in MAHTN provides member benefits for a full calendar year, from January through December. We are always looking for new members and you are welcome to join at any time of the year. Please share with your colleagues, classmates and friends the exciting things happening in 'your organization'. Your dues enable us to support MAHTN's mission of promoting the practice of horticultural therapy across the Mid-Atlantic region.
MAHTN would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to the following new and returning members of our organization. We look forward to seeing you at the next MAHTN event;
HT Programming Idea
2017 MAHTN Annual Conference
We have an exciting one-day conference planned for Friday, October 13th at Foulkeways Senior Living in Gwynedd, PA. The conference theme is “HT and the Garden to Table Movement: Growing Food for Health, Wellness and Healing”. Director of Food Service and BOD Member-at-Large, John Kennedy, along with MAHTN members and Foulkeways residents, are planning a fun and inspiring day. We’ll hear stimulating presentations about developing community based garden programs in unusual spaces and we’ll be served small plate dishes, food show style, with farmers, growers and professional chefs demonstrating and serving.
Keep an eye on your inbox and the MAHTN Facebook page for up to the minute information. For registration and more details go to our website Annual Conference page.
2017 AHTA Annual Conference
Join AHTA in Burlington, Vermont, September 8-9 (pre-tours on September 7) for the 2017 AHTA Annual Conference. Hosted by the Northeast Regional Networking Group, the Conference will bring together horticultural professionals from around the world. Pre-tours will feature local gardens and programs. Add in the bonus of the Fall "Leaf Peeper" season and you have the perfect combination of networking, education and fun. The conference will be held at the Burlington Hilton Hotel in the heart of the city. Visit the conference webpages for more information about pricing, hotel details and the full schedule.