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Horticultural Therapy.

Horticultural Therapy Program.

The Harvest of Health Horticultural Therapy program uses gardening and plant-based activities to promote health and improve physical, emotional, and cognitive wellness.

Horticulture is an effective therapeutic tool in supporting individuals of all ages living with cognitive, physical, and emotional challenges.

Content is highly individualized and is designed to meet individual/group goals and abilities. All sessions are designed and delivered by a Horticultural Therapist. Sessions are 45 minutes to 1 hour in length, and would suit groups of up to 10 individuals.

Program activities are designed to:

  • stimulate thought

  • exercise the body

  • teach new skills

  • encourage a connection to the living, external environment

 

Benefits include:

  • improved self-esteem

  • improved motor function

  • reduction in social isolation

  • improved cognitive skills (memory, sequencing, speech/vocabulary)

We welcome all ages, abilities, and experience levels to participate and benefit from this program.

For more information and/or to book a session, please contact Marion Comper at htherapy@windreachfarm.org or call 905-655-5827 ext. 233

WindReach Farm is Growing: The Expansion of the Harvest of Health Horticultural Program

WindReach Farm can now do more to contribute to the lives of individuals living with disabilities. Thanks to an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant, WindReach Farm is expanding our Horticultural Therapy program, and will be able to positively impact thousands of individuals with disabilities, mental health and chronic conditions living in the Durham Region.

Made possible through a $715,800 three-year Grow Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Harvest of Health Horticultural Therapy Program will be scaling up to facilitate more sessions, add additional gardening spaces, and build a fully accessible year-round greenhouse and living classroom.

WindReach Farm is thrilled to have the opportunity to share the therapeutic benefits of gardening, nature, and plant-based activities in this fully accessible program that is designed to meet the unique abilities of each of its participants.
Together with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, WindReach Farm is dedicated to building a healthier, more active, and inclusive community, where individuals of all ages and abilities can thrive!

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“Many of our participants who experience memory loss are overwhelmed with the challenges of maintaining their own gardens, but with this pre-organized and assisted weekly one hour program, they leave feeling satisfied and capable with the varied and specific projects that you have prepared each week.”

— Laura Clements, Recreation Coordinator, Alzheimer Society of Durham Region

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“Your knowledge and passion for gardening, as well as for working with others made the visits so enjoyable, and the students always look forward to coming. Know that your time and effort is making a difference and making lives brighter. I saw it with the students every week we would come, and know you brightened my weeks as well.”

— Abigail Wilson, Grove Teacher at Ontario Shores, Eating Disorder Unit