Boots 2 Roots PDX

The Boots 2 Roots PDX pilot program engages Veterans in agriculture through two complementary strategies: garden-based therapeutic horticulture and farm-based training in agriculture and aquaponics. Both approaches foster physical, emotional, cognitive, and social benefits among Veterans in alignment with the Veterans Affairs approach to Whole Health by improving diet, exercise, and social connections. The program provides therapeutic hands-on community engagement opportunities that foster health and wellness while also preparing Veterans for meaningful vocational opportunities in the agriculture and horticulture industry.

Our Gardeners are hard at work at their three sites: VA Portland, Fairview, and VA Vancouver. They are growing food and helping lead gardening classes that happen the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month. See Flyer for details on location, times, and topics.

Our Farmers are busy helping build up their farm, from irrigation to propagation, planting and harvesting, to building a compost bin. Their produce that they are growing will fee community. They will be doing a couple produce give-a-ways this summer. One site will be at the Legacy Mt. Hood Clinic.

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In partnership with Whole Health for Life and VA FARMS