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!
AUGUST 2020

Veteran Farming + Wellness - Session 2

Week of 8/3 through Week of 9/7

Live Zoom Classes: Wednesdays 5 - 7pm (Session 2)

VETERAN FARM + WELLNESS is a 6 week virtual horticulture program for veterans covering the foundations of growing food at home.  The program will include weekly live ZOOM video instruction by EquiCenter Farm staff, access to the online Veteran Farm + Wellness course, and materials for hands-on activities.

SEPTEMBER 2020

Veteran Farming + Wellness - Fall Growing

Week of 9/12 through Week of 10/19

Live Zoom Classes: Saturdays 10am - 12pm

VETERAN FARM + WELLNESS is a 6 week virtual horticulture program for veterans covering the foundations of growing food at home in the fall.  The program will include weekly live ZOOM video instruction by EquiCenter Farm staff, access to the online Veteran Farm + Wellness course, and materials for hands-on activities.

Week 1 (9/12): Why Grow a Garden? & The Dirt on Soil Health

Week 2 (9/19): Planting

Week 3 (9/26): Maintaining Your Growing Space

Week 4 (10/3): The Garden as an Ecosystem: Pollination, Beneficials, & Pests

Week 5 (10/10): Farm Food Safety & Proper Harvesting Techniques

Week 6 (10/17): Planning for the Future: Seed Saving & Propagation

Preserving the Harvest: the Foundations of Food Preservation & Farm Food Safety

Wednesday 8/26 2:00 - 3:30pm

Learn the foundations of preserving food -- a great way to enjoy your harvest even after the growing season. The workshop will cover the principles of farm food safety and highlight a variety of preservation methods, including drying, freezing, pickling, and canning.

Composting: Turn Your Kitchen Scraps Into Garden Gold

Wednesday 9/23 3:00 - 4:40pm

Learn how to take your leftover kitchen scraps and yard waste and make all natural, homemade garden fertilizer.

Extending the Growing Season Workshop Series: 4-part workshop series

September 1st - 4th 1:00 - 2:00pm

Part 1: Fall Gardening

Part 2: Sowing Cover Crops for Soil Health

Part 3: Planting Garlic & Spring-Blooming Bulbs

Part 4: Weather Protection, Row Covers & Cold Frames

EXTENDING THE GROWING SEASON is a 4-part virtual workshop series on managing your growing space for late season abundance.  Learn how to maintain a fall garden with hardy varieties, plant now for early spring blooms, manage your soil health with cover crops, and even extend your growing season with weather protection. (Use the same link to sign up for one or all of the workshops in this series):

Virtual Farm Tours

September: Growing for Seed with Petra Page-Mann of Fruition Seeds

Tuesday 9/15 time: 3:00 - 5:00pm

October: TBD  

 

November: CSA and Market Farming with Wild Hill Farm

Wednesday 11/18 5:00 - 7:00pm

December: TBD

VIRTUAL FARM TOURS is a virtual workshop series for veterans that spotlights local farmers who are running unique small farm businesses, crops, and methods.  Interested in growing your passion for farming into a business or community resource?  In each workshop you will hear from a local farmer or horticultural organization about how they got started, the challenges and successes they've experienced, and ways to get involved or start your own farming project!  These workshops are also a great way to connect with other growers, from the new home gardener to the aspiring small farmer.

Link to Register for Any/All workshops in this series:

WHAT’S COMING UP NEXT SEASON

Winter Wellness Coming JANUARY 2021

Healthy Body: Making Beeswax Skin Salves for Dry Skin

Healthy Mind: Active Meditation w/ Indoor Planting

Healthy Community: Dried Flower Wreath-Making

Health & Nature: Nature Walk & Forest Bathing

Blurb: This 4-part workshop series will keep you connected to the natural world around you and help you hone your growing skills all winter long.

 

Greenhouse Growing Coming MARCH 2021

Part 1: Covered Cultivation Basics

Part 2: Starting Seeds Indoors

Blurb: Get a jump start on the growing season this spring with this 2 part workshop series on growing in greenhouses and high tunnels.

​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.

EquiCenter exists to foster the personal growth and individual achievement of children and adults with disabilities, at-risk youth, veterans, and their families using a wide range of therapeutic equestrian and related programs. 

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