Do you have a green thumb? Do you like being outdoors digging in the soil? Or, do you have gardening tools, seeds or topsoil you’d like to donate to a good cause? Then maybe you can help the Center in establishing a garden!
We’re moving soon to our new headquarters and we have green space for a garden. The Center’s Adult Day Program and Midwest Adult Autism Project (MAAP) are already planning it. Gardening can provide therapeutic and vocational benefits for people with disabilities. When completed, the garden can feature trees, raised and elevated garden beds (for ease of access to participants with physical limitations, like wheelchairs), rainwater collecting cisterns, as well as open areas and seating for program participants to enjoy being outside surrounded by nature. The two programs will use the garden to provide calming environments for rehabilitation and sensory needs and to teach participants to grow fruits and vegetables, to collect and clean crops, to cook using fresh foods, and how to can vegetables and make preserves.
The garden will also benefit the community. Excess fresh and canned food items will be donated to food banks and other programs to help people in need. The various plants in the garden will help to reduce the Center’s carbon footprint and collecting rainwater will help reduce flash flooding and erosion.
If you are interested in helping with this project, here’s how you can help:
- Are you a master gardener, or know someone who is? Volunteer your time and expertise to help us plan a garden that is efficient and will produce bountiful crops.
- Volunteer to help with landscaping or gardening (we will notify you when the project is ready for volunteers).
- Make an in-kind donation towards gardening materials (supplies for fruit and vegetable gardening can be found at your local hardware or garden center, or contact the Center for specific items we need). You can make a monetary donation online by clicking here, sending a check to 11876 Westline Industrial Dr., St. Louis, MO 63146, or over the phone (314-983-9230).
We appreciate any help you can give!