NRBH plants therapeutic community garden

Article Published: May. 13, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

New River Behavioral Healthcare is planting treatment in the form of a community garden.

The agency is starting the garden at its office at the intersection of State Farm Road and Shadowline Drive and is seeking donations and sponsors to help break new ground.

NRBH's Rainey Crawford said the program serves adults who have no insurance, providing mental-health students and those in substance-abuse recovery, Crawford said gardening had many therapeutic benefits.

"It's an educational model revolving around the different benefits of community gardens," Crawford said. "We're a non-profit addressing mental-health issues and challenges."

Community gardens not only enhance the physical health of those who participate by providing exercise and fresh air, they also enhance interpersonal relationships and self-esteem as people work together. They also benefit by getting their own fresh produce.

The garden will have about 20 individual plots, with each student taking care of a plot. However, the agency is seeking labor, materials and starter equipment to help launch the effort, with a work day scheduled for May 27.

"We're seeking corporate donations, volunteer time, scrap lumber, seeds, and old tools, and all will be appreciated," she said.

Those interested in helping can call Crawford at (828) 262-4645.

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