We at Evergreen Elm are famous for saying “It’s Not Just About the Vegetables” when talking about our Garden or Horticulture Therapy program and it’s not.
The program established in 1990 was an attempt to introduce the individuals to something new and different as well as being able to learn about the gardening process from beginning to end. This includes getting the soil ready, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, etc.
However at Evergreen Elm it is much more. Its learning responsibility, team work, patience, self-control, developing fine and gross motor skills, and community integration and socialization. We also work on being ecologically and environmentally friendly making sure that we compost where we can and use no chemicals in our garden.
A true success story is about an individual who before working in the garden dealt with an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as well as other Mental Health issues and an Intellectual Disabilities Diagnosis. After her first season in the garden she was 30 pounds lighter, able to stop taking one of the psychotropic medications she had been prescribed and was able to understand and cope with her diagnosis much easier. She continues to work in the garden to this day.
This is just one of the many success stories from our 2/3 of an acre plot located in Bradford, PA.