Programming and Therapeutic Gardens
Reeds Organic Farm is cultivating a one-acre teaching garden, which serves as a community hub for educational and therapeutic horticulture initiatives. Our farm will provide opportunities for different groups to spend time with wildlife, gain vocational skills in the field, and benefit from the healing capabilities of nature. Our programs are run in partnership with a variety of regional advocacy organizations, detailed below:
Boys and Girls Club
The farm will host a farm-to-table summer camp in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City. We will work together in our farm’s program gardens on Mondays and at the Club’s garden site on Wednesdays for 8 weeks. Participants will learn plant science, practice speaking and writing skills, and learn the valuable vocational trades of the agricultural and food service fields.
Our farm is a registered community service site for NJ Courts. We are also developing a therapeutic horticulture program for folks involved in Recovery Court, where participants can engage with the natural world and find healing through a sensory relationship with plants.
Reed’s Organic Farm is partnering with JEVS HireAbility to offer an internship program for special needs young adults. This internship will encompass management of both the farm’s 1-acre therapeutic garden space as well as the farm’s market. We will be hiring four interns, each of whom will work 15-20 hours per week for a 5-week cycle, beginning in July.
Mainland Regional High School Special Needs Program
Our Programming Director has hosted monthly zoom sessions with MRHS’s Special Needs program, in which the seasonal progression of the farm has been explained and explored. Two of the young adults from this program recently began volunteering at the farm through Jewish Family Services, detailed below.
Jewish Family Services
The farm is working with two special needs young adults each week to provide vocational training as well as a therapeutic horticulture experience as they help to maintain our program garden space.
Atlantic County Youth Workforce Division
The farm is a registered site for Atlantic County’s Youth Workforce initiative. We will be employing up to 8 high school students as farm hands, an experience that will provide them with transferable vocational skills and acclimate them to proper workplace conduct.
Gloves on the Ground
Our Lead Volunteer at the farm is building a garden site in partnership with his own non-profit, Gloves on the Ground. The “Peace and Unity Garden” will be maintained by veterans and civilians, working together to bring healing to those impacted by war. The seeds grown in this garden have been sourced from nations associated with combat.
Jefferson University Masters of Nutrition Program
Our farm will be a Clinical Training Site for Jefferson University’s newly accredited Masters of Nutrition program. The students will help us to educate the public about the nutritional benefits of our produce, and they will assist in programming by providing nutritional coaching to our program participants.