Therapeutic Horticulture

Learn the foundations of growing your own food. Whether you're a first-time gardener or experienced grower, there's a course for you! Programs range from a 6-week foundations course with support for starting a garden at home to specialized horticulture workshops that dive into topics such as growing space design, raised bed/container gardening, food preservation, beekeeping, and more!
These programs are available for FREE to veterans enrolled in the VA. 
If you have more detailed questions,
contact Katie at knuber@equicenterny.org.
Check back for new program updates throughout the season!
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Community Gardens Project

 

Week of March 22 to the Week of April 26

In this 6-week virtual program, you will learn the foundations of planning & growing a garden and put your knowledge to work and collaborate with other veteran participants to create a planting plan for a local community garden project. 

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Nature Immersion

Live Q&A Session: Monday, March 22, 2021 at 12:00pm

This workshop will introduce participants to the practice of forest immersion, a long-standing wellness tradition to connect with the natural world around us. Registered participants will be sent instruction videos to guide them through their forest immersion activity. Participants are invited to join guest presenter Deborah Denome from Finger Lakes Forest Immersion for a Q & A session to reflect on their experiences beginning a forest immersion practice and connecting to the world around us. This workshop is a perfect way to transition into spring and the beginning of the growing session!

Pre-recorded video instruction for hands-on exercises will be launched on Friday, March 19, 2021.

Optional Q & A session with guest presenter Deborah Denome from Finger Lakes Immersion on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 12:00pm.

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Veteran Farm + Wellness - Spring 2021

Mondays, 9:30am-11:30am, March 1 - April 5, 2021

This six week virtual horticulture program for veterans covers the foundations of growing food at home. The program includes weekly live ZOOM video instruction by EquiCenter farm staff on Mondays (recordings available if you can't join live), access to the online Veteran Farm + Wellness course and materials for hands-on activities. 

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Intro to Seed Starting

Live Zoom: Thursday, April 1, 2021, 12:00pm-1:15pm

Join us to learn all about starting seeds indoors to get a head start on the growing season in spring.

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Intro to Backyard Chickens

Live Zoom: Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 3:00pm-4:15pm

Join us to learn all about backyard chickens! Kim Ferris-Church and Joanna Dychton from Lollypop Farm will guest present this workshop focusing on proper housing, care and nutrition, predator control, and how chickens can be helpful partners in your home growing space.

​Check out EquiCenter Farm’s Self-Paced Online Courses at:

equicenter-farm-therapeutic-horticulture.teachable.com/courses

 

Want to dive deeper into horticulture?  Check out EquiCenter Farm’s self-paced online courses!  These courses are open to anyone who wants to learn about growing food at home.  Veterans enrolled with the VA can email Katie at knuber@equicenterny.org for a coupon code for any class FREE.  Some of the topics include:

 

Introduction to Beekeeping

Join EquiCenter Farm’s staff and beekeepers as they cover the basics of beekeeping, benefits of pollinators for your growing space, and a live bee hive inspection with EquiCenter's BEElieve in Heroes apiary.

 

Horticulture at Home: Farm & Garden Design (3 part workshop series)

Learn the basics of selecting and setting up your at-home growing space.  This workshop series includes 3 recordings of ZOOM video instruction sessions by EquiCenter Farm staff and access to EquiCenter's Farm & Garden Design online course, which you can complete at your own pace.

 

Horticulture at Home: Raised Bed Construction

This workshop will cover the basics of setting up and planting in raised beds for more accessible gardening.

Do you have experience gardening or farming and want to share your experience with new growers?  EquiCenter is seeking veterans to participate in our PEER MENTORSHIP program.  Registered participants share their growing knowledge and engage in weekly discussions as mentors to participants in Veteran Farm + Wellness. 
If interested, contact Katie at knuber@equicenterny.org.