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Horticultural therapy for veterans

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

Horticultural therapy is a type of therapy that uses gardening and other plant-related activities to improve physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It can be particularly beneficial for veterans who may struggle with physical and mental health challenges related to their service.

Here are some ways in which horticultural therapy can be beneficial for veterans:

  1. Stress Reduction: Gardening has been shown to reduce stress levels, which can be particularly important for veterans who may struggle with PTSD or other mental health issues.

  2. Physical Rehabilitation: Horticultural therapy can help veterans improve their physical health by providing low-impact exercise and activities that can help with coordination, strength, and flexibility.

  3. Social Connection: Gardening can provide a sense of community and social connection, which can be particularly important for veterans who may feel isolated or disconnected.

  4. Cognitive Stimulation: Gardening can be a mentally stimulating activity that requires problem-solving skills and attention to detail, which can be particularly helpful for veterans who may struggle with cognitive impairment.

  5. Sense of Purpose: Gardening can provide veterans with a sense of purpose and accomplishment, which can be particularly important for those who may feel a loss of identity or purpose after leaving the military.


Help Us Grow!

At Rusty Top Farms, we're dedicated to supporting our veterans and helping them experience the healing power of gardening. We're currently raising funds to build garden crates for veterans who may not have access to a garden or who may need extra support to get started.

Each garden crate costs us $300 to build, and we rely on donations from our community to make this project possible. If you'd like to support our mission and help us build garden crates for veterans, please consider making a donation through our fiscal sponsor at Every donation counts and makes a difference in the lives of our veterans.

Thank you for your support and let's continue to work together to support our veterans and build a more resilient community!

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