Horticulture For Healing (H4H) designs and builds custom urban raised gardens, Plant Care Is Self Care Kits and virtual/in person workshops. Please visit our Care Kits & Workshops button to learn more.
Our Plant Care is Self Care kits and workshops are a creative outlet to begin a radical self care practice, when in a time of recovery and healing.
Our Care Kits have been distributed to residential treatment and transition homes, alternative high schools for at risk youth, survivor homes and also used by individuals who have re-entered into society during times of healing and recovery.
Plant Care is Self Care is custom designed for each center we work with.
Through our radical self care workshops and Plant Care is Self Care Kits, Horticulture For Healing provides emotional support and resources for LGBTQ+, cisgender women and girls of colour & white women and girls, gender non conforming and intersex individuals.
With a new found plant care and self care routine in a mental support tool kit, participants can begin to live healthier lives by owning and claiming their space, growing self kindness, confidence and strength. Through this organization individuals facing oppressive societal norms including but not limited to racism, substance use, life hardships, and gender inequality will have the opportunity to connect with others in strength and solidarity.
Not only does Horticulture For Healing connect individuals to nature and self care. We stand as a personal reference for employment applications before and after leaving transitional housing or treatment if participant is in need of a reference, always honoring the confidentiality of participants.
Participants will be outside connecting to Earth while learning to be more present in their environment. Research and our own experience has shown that looking after plants can help cultivate a sense of responsibility, encourage the practice of nurturing behaviors, reduce stress, increase emotional resilience and well-being, develop the capacity for delayed gratification, and provide a connection to the larger world outside ourselves.
We are dedicated to empowering people to claim inner power through radical self care!
The gardens we install will contain native plants. Alongside the garden installation, we provide empowerment workshops on self care and horticultural skills such watering, weeding, transplanting, and assessing general plant health for indoors and out. If the facility is a recipient of the Plant Care is Self Care kit
Our service provides a monthly supporting site visit to include as needed: answering questions, reseeding, transplanting, weeding, and maintaining soil health. Along with delivering Plant Care Is Self Care Kits, we provide monthly or bi-weekly workshops on horticultural practices and self care.
Horticulture is the art and practice of garden cultivation and management. Recent studies have shown horticulture self care can combat oppression and can improve the mental and physical health of practitioners overcoming the barriers often in the way of healing.
Horticulture For Healing recognizes the need to work against racism and gender oppression. We are constantly learning, evolving and growing, trying our best to learn and in turn become fully inclusive as we continue to expand.
Gender oppression is an effect of the social process of gender relations that institutionalize and reproduce certain norms of gender to privilege the dominant group and marginalize, exclude, or cause other harm to the oppressed group.
Racism: The unfair treatment of people of a particular race in a society especially to the benefit of people of another race and the belief that certain races of people are superior to others.
Who are Horticulture For Healing’s workshops for?
Transgender (women and girls): a gender description for someone who has transitioned (or is transitioning) from living as one gender to another. 2 adj. : an umbrella term for anyone whose sex assigned at birth and gender identity do not correspond in the expected way (e.g., someone who was assigned male at birth, but does not identify with that gender.)
Intersex people: term for a combination of chromosomes, gonads, hormones, internal sex organs, and genitals that differs from the two expected patterns of male or female. Formerly known as hermaphrodite (or hermaphroditic), but these terms are now outdated and derogatory.
Non binary people: is used to describe people who feel their gender cannot be defined within the margins of gender binary. Instead, they understand their gender in a way that goes beyond simply identifying as either a man or woman.Some non-binary people may feel comfortable within trans communities and find this is a safe space to be with others who don’t identify as cis, but this isn’t always the case.
Cisgender (women and girls) : a gender description for when someone’s sex assigned at birth and gender identity correspond in the expected way (e.g., someone who was assigned male at birth, and identifies as a man). The word cisgender can also be shortened to “cis.”
LGBTQ+: shorthand or umbrella terms for all folks who have a non-normative (or queer) gender or sexuality, there are many different initialisms people prefer. LGBTQ is Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual Transgender and Queer and/or Questioning (some-times a + at the end in an effort to be more inclu-sive)
This does not mean that we exclude people who are not listed above. People who want to support and be apart of the Horticulture For Healing community are welcomed. We need support from all people to make this organization a success and to carry out our mission.
“To dismantle the systems that keep so many people oppressed and vulnerable to unnecessary grief and struggle, we need to give ourselves permission to enjoy beautiful things in whatever form they may take.”–Cameron Glover