We envision a thriving and inclusive community, therapeutic environment, and local food system.
The capacity of every individual for growth and renewal.
The joy that comes from growing and sharing healthy food.
The well-being created by vibrant social and natural ecosystems.
The peace that comes from working with animals.
The program serves and depends on a community volunteers, interns, customers, and trainees who form strong bonds through the work. This "strengthened" community breaks down the profound sense of isolation experienced by many struggling with addiction. Lack of job skills, recent work history, social support network and low self esteem can make the journey to recovery difficult. Hope Farm addresses these issues and more through our farming and equine programs.
We would like to hold community events and to provide education on the importance of sustainable agriculture. Through education we increase access to healthy fresh produce for those in low income communities.
Youth groups (from classrooms, clubs, and troops) are welcome to come to Hope Farm to learn about ecology, nutrition and many other social and environmental issues. We offer a variety of sessions and depths of information. Our lessons are vibrant and memorable because of the direct interaction with the farm.
The equine program at Hope Farm offers individuals the chance to bond with animals and develop a relationship with the horse while tending to its basic needs. The incorporation of EAGALA and PATH therapies in our equine programs allows us to tailor the experience to the needs of the individuals either in a group or private setting. Equine therapy is often recommended for children with autism. It is also a very effective treatment for children and adolescents with conduct disorder and other types of behavioral problems. These gentle animals can be also very beneficial in the treatment of those suffering from depression, anxiety, dissociative symptoms, OCD, and even dementia. Equine therapy has also shown to be beneficial in treating people with PTSD. Animals have the ability to relax and sooth those around them, improving self worth and giving people a new sense of purpose. As addicts learn to communicate with and care for the horse, they will also have the opportunity to explore how the animal reacts to their different moods, vocal tones, and body language. Horses can read human emotion and are also an excellent source of feedback when learning to communicate effectively.
U-Pick Blueberry Fields
We are planting our first blueberry fields this year. We plan to offer U-Pick blueberries, healthy, fresh and nutritious. Warding off heart disease. The blueberry'sfiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and phytonutrient content, coupled with its lack of cholesterol, all support heart health. The fiber in blueberries helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood and decrease the risk of heart disease.
Like most of its fellow cruciferous vegetables, kale has been studied more extensively in relationship to cancer than any other health condition. This research focus makes perfect sense. Kale's nutrient richness stands out in three particular areas: (1) antioxidant nutrients, (2) anti-inflammatory nutrients, and (3) anti-cancer nutrients in the form of glucosinolates. Without sufficient intake of antioxidants, our oxygen metabolism can become compromised, and we can experience a metabolic problem called "oxidative stress."
Strawberries are an excellent source of antioxidant-promoting vitamin C and manganese. They are also a very good source of dietary fiber, iodine, and folate. Plus, strawberries are a good source of copper, potassium, biotin, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B6, and omega-3 fatty acids.