Monday, February 22, 2010

Horticultural Therapy Partnership Forum

Friday, March 12, 2010 — 9:45am to 2:00pm

The Horticultural Society of New York
and the Horticultural Therapy Partnership invite you to come explore the use of horticulture to promote emotional and physical well-being. Join us to discuss the application of horticultural therapy to food production at urban farms, community gardens, correction and alternative-to-correction programs, and care facilities. We look forward to your attendance at what promises to be an informative and inspiring conference.

The Horticultural Therapy Partnership was formed in 2007 to advance the use and practice of horticulture for human health, learning, and development. The Partnership consists of therapists, clinicians, teachers, gardeners, and community advocates who work primarily with constituents living in the urban environment. Each year we meet to discuss our experiences, and to hear those of others. The Horticultural Therapy Partnership's goal is to develop best practices, and to create a network that allows for the easy exchange of ideas and knowledge. The forum is open to everyone. Register online today!


9:45 am – Meet and Greet

10:15 am – Introduction

George Pisegna, Director of Horticulture, HSNY

10:30 am – Speakers
  • Horticultural Therapy at the Rikers Island
    Hilda Krus, HTR, Director of GreenHouse, HSNY
  • Horticultural Therapy for People Living with HIV/AIDS
    Liza Watkins, Bailey Holt House
    Sandra Power, Horticultural Therapy Institute
11:30 am – Lunch Buffet

12:00 pm – Panel Presentations


Ronnit Bendavid-Val, Director of Citywide Horticulture,
NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

  • Urban Farming, Farm Stands & Markets
    Jane Hodge, City Farms Manager, Just Food
    Rev. Robert Jackson, Co-founder, Brooklyn Rescue Mission
  • Horticulture Across Generations
    Arthur Sheppard, Goddard Riverside
  • Partnering Medical & Social Research
    Anne Wiesen, Co-founder and Executive Director of Meristem
    Naomi Sachs, Founder & Director of Therapeutic Landscapes Network
  • Physical Therapy and Gardening
    Karen Washington, Physical Therapist, President of NYC Community Gardens Coalition, Co-Founder of La Familia Verde Gardens Coalition
1:00 pm – Panel Q & A

1:30 pm – Summing-Up

The Horticultural Therapy Partnership is generously funded by:
• The Education Foundation of America
• Ittleson Foundation
• van Ameringen Foundation, Inc.

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