National Garden Bureau Launches Therapeutic Garden Program
The National Garden Bureau (NGB) has launched its “Growing for Futures” (#growingforfutures) philanthropic program to build therapeutic gardens across the country. This ongoing, annual fundraising initiative is designed to cultivate horticulture careers and life skills, while also growing plants, vegetables, herbs and fruit for partnering organizations and communities.
This year, the NGB, an Illinois-based, non-profit organization, has chosen the Growing Solutions Farm in Chicago as the first beneficiary of its annual fundraising effort. Growing Solutions Farm is a vocational program of the Julie + Michael Tracy Family Foundation/Urban Autism Solutions, which serves, educates and trains young adults with autism. NGB’s goal is to raise $50,000 in cash and supplies to help support the continued growth of this innovative garden project.
The Growing Solutions Farm is located in Chicago’s Illinois Medical District. This one-acre urban garden oasis is a nurturing environment where young adults with autism work together with an urban farmer, vocational coach, teachers, volunteers and agency staff to develop skills that can lead to career opportunities in the agriculture, horticulture, food processing and distribution industries.
To learn more about “Growing for Futures,” click here.
Source: National Garden Bureau