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.
Here is the breakdown of our groups - gardeners & farmers
Our Garden Explorers at the V.A.
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 on a variety of topics. Those classes happen the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month. See Flyer for details on location, times, and topics.
Our Farmers at Feed'em Freedom Farm
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 feed community. There main focus this year is to give food away to those that need it. They strive to help their fellow Veteran community in the process. The give-a-ways so far have been successful. The other part of farming they are learning, is the engagement with those benefitting from their labor. Once they see who is getting access to their locally grown organic produce and they can have a conversation with them about it, it makes it all worth it. Thank you to Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center for partnering with us in this. Thank you to Oregon Food Bank for the connection with this clinic.
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