RC&D Grant Allows for the Continued Cultivation of People
Allows for the Continued Cultivation of People
by Michelle Jacobs, Community
Relations Officer, DNREC
Conservation & Development (RC&D) program may have been written out of the
federal budget, but the legacy of their cooperative efforts lives on. One
example of such efforts is the Delaware Psychiatric Center (DPC) – Holloway
Campus - Community Garden in New Castle, Delaware. Earlier this spring, RC&D
awarded the project a little over $6,000 to continue work in the new community
garden project started in 2010. The project was one of six winning applicants
from a nationwide pool of over 150 applications.
garden at DPC is designed to nurture both people and plants by providing
settings for a variety of therapeutic electives such as
working in the garden or sitting on a bench under an umbrella; providing space
for growing fresh, healthy produce in an area where one has to travel a few
miles to purchase fresh produce; and offering a place for reflection and respite
according to the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Faith Kuehn, project
manager. Portions of the planned one-acre therapeutic and community garden are
being implemented as funding becomes available.
garden designs and the logistics and management plan were completed, and a 20’ x
30’ garden showcasing flowers, herbs, and pumpkins was established. The awarded
funding provided by RC&D will allow for the implementation of the following
goals set for the 2011 season:
establish the infrastructure for an expanded community and therapy garden
procure tools and basic equipment;
erect a fence and gates in the vegetable garden;
integrate garden crops with life skills, recreation, occupational and art
therapy for clients, and introduce horticulture therapy goals; and
develop a publicity plan to engage clients, employees and the public.
supported RC&D goals of increasing opportunities for community and human
development and agricultural education. Additionally, the garden promotes sound
land management and use as the food-producing garden replaces an area that was
previously mowed grass.
Staff and clients cultivated a small portion of the one acre site during the
2010 growing season as a temporary vegetable and herb garden to encourage
community support for the larger space in the future. Phases of the gardens
will be implemented as funding becomes available.
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