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<ul><li><p>Making It Happen:The Sitka Community Greenhouse</p><p>and Education Center"Gardens, scholars say, are the first sign of commitment to a community.When people plant corn they are saying, let's stay here. And by theirconnection to the land, they are connected to one another." Anne Raver </p></li><li><p>The idea began at the</p></li><li><p>2008 Sitka Health Summit</p><p>The main goals set were:</p><p>Support Hames Athletic and Wellness CenterPerform a Walkability Analysis</p><p>Food Security for AllCreate a Farmers Market</p><p>Build a Community GreenhouseForm a Vibrant Community Center</p></li><li><p>So we started growing</p></li><li><p>At the new St. Peters FellowshipFarm</p></li><li><p>And new beds were planted at</p></li><li><p>The Sitka Community Garden</p></li><li><p>So that we could start the</p></li><li><p>At the Alaska NativeBrotherhood Hall</p></li><li><p>EATING SITKA</p></li><li><p>Kids&amp;</p><p>Fish&amp;</p><p>Flowers</p><p>Our community responded with</p><p>Fun&amp;</p><p>FryBread</p><p>&amp;</p><p>Art</p></li><li><p>The Sitka Local Food Network was honored as a WellnessChampion in the Nutrition category at the</p><p>2009 Sitka Health Summit!</p></li><li><p>And now we want to do it year around</p><p>In the Sitka Community Greenhouse(these are at Chena Hot Springs).</p></li><li><p>A Community Greenhouse =</p><p> Fresh food</p><p> Social Opportunities</p><p> FUN!!</p><p> Education</p></li><li><p>Our Role Model:The CheyenneCommunity SolarGreenhouse.It began in 1977.</p><p>Here is how itworks:</p></li><li><p>Volunteers earncredit for every hour</p><p>they work at thegreenhouse</p><p>The greenhouse managerprovides a wide variety of tasks</p><p>to choose from every day.</p><p>Volunteers trade their creditsin for fresh produce, flowers</p><p>and plants.</p></li><li><p>In Cheyenne, theydiscovered great</p><p>things happened tothe people who used</p><p>the greenhouse</p><p>New relationships wereformed and they</p><p>discovered somethingcalled</p></li><li><p>Horticultural Therapy</p></li><li><p>This is how theCheyenne</p><p>Greenhouselooks today.</p></li><li><p>It is now operated by the municipality and has expanded to includea botanical garden.</p></li><li><p>Solar ConservatoryThe 6,800-square-foot conservatory consists of threegreenhouses. The center greenhouse is filled withsunshine, tropical plants, and special attractions suchas herb and cacti gardens, and a waterfall pond filledwith Koi fish. The west greenhouse is used primarily forgrowing vegetables. The beds are full of lettuce, onions,cabbages, broccoli, carrots and many other vegetables.This food is provided to the projects volunteers fulfillingone definition of sustainability: provide for the supportof; provide sustenance or nourishment.The efforts in the east greenhouse are primarily focusedon propagation of bedding plants and flowers for thebotanic garden grounds and all flowers for theCheyenne park system. Volunteers spend hundreds ofhours germinating the seeds and transplanting over50,000 bedding plants for 80 city flowerbeds.Throughout the summer volunteers can be foundweeding, fertilizing and grooming these beds as well asthe many flowerbeds and specialty gardens on thegrounds of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.</p></li><li><p>Linking people andplants</p><p>HORTICULTURAL THERAPY INSTITUTE</p><p> Back to top</p><p>Copyright 2007, 2008 , Horticultural Therapy Institute </p><p>What is Horticultural Therapy?</p><p>"Horticultural therapy is a professionally conducted client-centered treatment modality that utilizes horticultureactivities to meet specific therapeutic or rehabilitative goals of its participants. The focus is to maximize social,cognitive, physical and/or psychological functioning and/or to enhance general health and wellness."</p><p>From: Horticultural Therapy Methods: Making Connections in Health Care, Human Service, and CommunityPrograms (Haworth Press, 2006)Generally speaking, what benefits doesHorticultural Therapy offer?Provides meaningful, purposeful activityOffers versatility in programming for all developmental areasAddresses innate psychological needs and connection with the natural worldOffers restoration and respite from mental stressEncourages human growth that is fundamental and central to each,individual servedImpacts visitors, staff and family members as well as participants</p><p>CertificateProgram FAQ's</p><p>Some frequently asked questions about Horticultural Therapy</p></li><li><p>One possible site in Stika:</p></li><li><p>One idea is toheat the</p><p>greenhouse withwoodchips</p><p>The USCG isresearching thisoption presently.</p></li><li><p>We are also working with theAlaska Center for Energy andPower to use waste vegetable oil asa heat source for the facility.</p></li><li><p>Our Main Goals:</p><p> To provide nutritious locally grown produce. To create a vibrant community center. To provide meaningful and therapeutic</p><p>opportunities for youth, SEARHC patients andrelatives, seniors, disabled individuals andthe general public.</p><p> To provide educational programs andcreating demonstrations in gardening,renewable energy and sustainable earth-friendly solutions.</p></li><li><p>Who can use the greenhouse?</p><p> YOU, and Sitka Schools,Community Schools,MEHS, SAIL, SEARHC,SAFV, Center forCommunity, Seniors,Youth Advocates, ChildCare Centers, SNEP,YAS, Community Hospitalpatients and visitors,Food to Schools, andmany more.</p></li><li><p>Potential Revenue SourcesWholesale vegetables made available togrocery stores, schools, hospitals, thePioneers Home.</p><p>Thousands of miles fresher. Significantlyreduced transportation costs. Varieties notcurrently available. Grower control limits use ofunhealthy chemicals.</p></li><li><p>Restaurants and other commercialkitchens gain access to the freshestherbs and specialty crops.</p><p>Locally grown promotion for theircustomers.</p><p>.</p></li><li><p>Longer lasting flowers for localflorists means happiercustomers and better business.</p></li><li><p>Educational credits forstudents of all ages...</p></li><li><p>Horticultural tourism is a growingbusiness</p></li><li><p>Horticulture Therapy</p><p>As more people understand thebenefits of HT for therapy andrehabilitation, they are morelikely to choose organizationsthat offer this service. HT isreimbursable through manyinsurance plans if guidelines arefollowed.</p></li><li><p>The City &amp; Borough of Sitka currentlyspends $4,000 to $5,000 per yearimporting bedding plants from lower 48vendors. We can save on shipping costs,and keep that money circulating in Sitkaseconomy while working directly with Citylandscapers to grow what they want.</p><p>Marine Passenger Feesmay allow for increased anlandscaping budget.</p></li><li><p>Local Support</p><p>Private and PublicGrants</p><p>An Endowment Fund</p></li><li><p>Fresh Produce</p></li><li><p>Community</p></li><li><p>Ecotourism</p><p>Chena Hot SpringsAppropriate</p><p>Technology Tours</p><p>Renewable EnergyConference</p></li><li><p>We need people to help with:</p><p> Communication with community partners Publicity Funding Business planning Research (building materials, insurance,</p><p>plant materials, etc.) Site work. Strategic Planning</p></li></ul>