The Color Gallery Greenhouse Project “Feeding Bodies and Minds” Objective: To build and maintain a community garden. The garden is to host an array of fresh fruits and vegetables which the students will be responsibl...
My campaign: The Color Gallery, Inc. presents The Green House Project.
The Color Gallery, Inc. works to decrease community violence and school aged related crime by providing a creative means of expression. By using a non-clinical means of art therapy we promote self-worth and awareness, increasing self-esteem. Contact Info: Ursula Rochon 504-256-0769, firstname.lastname@example.org www.thecolorgallery.org
We are extending our program to culinary arts! It will be the children's responsibility to build and maintain a community garden. The garden is to host an array of fresh fruits and vegetables which the students will be responsible for maintaining and overseeing. They will use the organic vegetables and fruits from this garden for their culinary art creations.
This process will instill a sense of communal responsibility and development. The process of creation eliminates the desire to destroy within each child. A 2011 study at a juvenile rehabilitation center in southwestern Ohio with a gardening program showed that horticulture therapy helped the kids see themselves in a more positive light and helped them better manage their emotional and behavioral problems. Much of the science behind just how gardening affects the mind and brain still remains a mystery. What scientists do know is that gardening reduces stress and calms the nerves. It decreases cortisol, a hormone that plays a role in stress response. Social scientists have also been looking at gardens built by and for the homeless, ex-convicts on probation and hospital patients. The results of early studies suggest they have a positive impact. Most people tend to not revert back to bad behavior and many make changes in their lives for the better, the studies show.
“If you haven't noticed, gardens are popping up in some unconventional places – from prison yards to retirement and veteran homes to programs for troubled youth. Most are handy sources of fresh and local food, but increasingly they're also an extension of therapy for people with mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD; depression; and anxiety. It's called horticultural therapy. And some doctors, psychologists and occupational therapists are now at work to test whether building, planting, and harvesting a garden can be a therapeutic process in its own right.”
- Elizabeth Diehl, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture
How your donation will help: The Color Gallery, Inc. works to decrease community violence and school aged related crime by providing a creative means of expression. We are raising money for support the students attending our summer camp.
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- Ursula R.
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