HORTICULTURAL THERAPY TRAINING RETURNS TO PROVIDENCE FARM
During 2013, Providence Farm continues a successful partnership with Ann Kent HTM and the Horticultural Therapy Professional Development Program to provide training in horticultural therapy (HT).
This fall, the Farm is pleased to offer Creating Therapeutic Gardens, one of four courses in a comprehensive horticultural therapy certificate program that explores the benefits of garden and horticulture-based activities.
The instructor, Ann Kent HTM, is a long time supporter and partner of Providence Farm. Ann spent much of her childhood growing up on the leeward shore of Vancouver Island and is very familiar with local horticultural conditions and with south-coastal ecosystems. Ann has an active horticultural therapy practice based in Vancouver, BC.
Creating Therapeutic Gardens – overview:
Accessible and healing garden spaces, plant choices suitable for therapeutic gardens and habitat gardens, and safe garden practices are explored through guided walks and hands-on activities. Students apply audit tools to several garden sites and consider the use of grade level, vertical, and raised bed gardens. A unit on project planning and funding to support therapeutic gardens is included.
Wed. October 30 through Sat. November 2 – 8:45 am to 5:00 pm
The fee is $490.00 and includes 32 hours of instruction, a comprehensive reference binder, all plant materials and activity supplies.
A statement of completion is provided to assist those who are seeking professional registration with the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association or who wish to use this course for continuing education credits for related professional associations.
For more information about the HT Therapy Certificate with Ann Kent, please download HORTICULTURAL THERAPY CERTIFICATE_FALL 2013_Ann Kent HTM, or visit Ann’s website at www.catkingardens.ca
To make further inquiries or to obtain a registration form, please contact Ann directly at email@example.com
Early registration is recommended. The HT Certificate course offered at Providence Farm last fall sold out, as did Ann’s nature-based workshops at the Farm in April, 2013.
You can find us Wednesday Evenings at the Chemainus Market, Thursday Night at the Mill Bay Market and Saturday days at the Duncan Farmers Market. Check here far our current produce list : Providence Farm Fresh List Oct 15
Providence Village Housing Society was created to plan and develop a supportive and sustainable community, with affordable and market rental housing for people who can live independently on a 35 acre parcel of land on Providence Farm. Providence Village Housing Society was incorporated under the Society Act on June 29, 2009.
The Village’s purpose is to build a supportive and sustainable community, which will emphasize social cohesiveness, cooperation, mutual respect and the honouring of diversity. Residents will have a sense of belonging and security, will participate in the community and feel that their contributions are valued. The values of the Village and its residents will reflect the mission statement of Providence Farm.
Providence Village – A Place to Call Home
Providence Farm has a history of creating opportunities for people to learn and grow together in community. It is intended that Providence Village will continue this vision of creating new beginnings for a wide range of individuals and families.
It is planned that this new community will live lightly on the land; the existing trails and forested beauty will continue to be available for all to enjoy. Roadways will be minimized; walking and handicapped access trails will be a priority.
Village residents will be encouraged to take part in the care and management of this beautiful setting and when appropriate, take part in activities and events central to Providence Farm.
This is a joint opportunity for Providence Farm and Providence Village to collectively improve the physical resources of the Farm as a whole and to increase economic opportunities with the larger community through improved outlets for the Farm’s products, such as Nursery produce, crafts and other items. It is anticipated that the creation of a new Farm store and a space to include a bakery and coffee shop, will provide additional training and employment opportunities for people.
The development of Providence Village will provide an opportunity for the wider community to be involved in Providence Farm. The spirit and faith that has guided and inspired the Farm for the past 30 years will be our beacon of hope and inspiration for this new challenge.
Vancouver Island Providence Community Association, (Providence Farm) and the Providence Village Housing Society, (Providence Village) are very grateful to the Sisters of St. Ann for their generous gift of an estimated 400 acres of land, known as Providence Farm. The Sisters of St. Ann have a long history in the Cowichan Valley. Click here to read about the history of the Farm and the first “living on-site community”.
Thanks for all your support this year! We look forward to seeing you at next years sale in April 2014.
This fundraiser for St. Ann’s Garden Club takes place outside in St. Ann’s Garden. You’ll find Farm raised and donated plants for sale as well as garden products made by the seniors. Enjoy some farm baking and a coffee while you wander the garden paths.
Contact Maria for more information.