Independence Gardening

Soil Seed Sow Service

Holistic-Horticultural Therapy

United Relief Foundation’s is combining a holistic (emotional, mental, spiritual and physical) approach using horticulture (the branch of agriculture that deals with growing plants) and adaptive raised gardens beds, built by Veterans, with horticultural therapy to develop a healing (and nutrient-rich food producing) program that can be of service to Veterans anywhere within the United States.

Horticultural therapy (also known as social and therapeutic horticulture or STH) is defined by the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) as the engagement of a person in gardening and plant-based activities, facilitated by a trained therapist, to achieve specific therapeutic treatment goals. The visual aesthetics of plants are known to elicit feelings of inner peace, which generates positive emotions toward a meaningful appreciation of life. Direct contact with plants guides the individual’s focus away from stress enhancing their overall quality of life¹

United Relief Foundation holistic-horticultural program will revolve around and include the building of wheelchair and walker accessible raised garden beds, providing seed and soil, gardening instruction, and supportive health and wellness interaction.

Hope Help Partners

Inner Voice Chicago
Growing Healthy Veterans

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Raised Garden Beds

There are raised garden beds available for retail sale that come in all shapes. However, with our Hope and Help Partners, we will combine building mobility adapted raised garden beds, which require little maintenance and a relatively small area, with holistic-horticultural instructions and interactions to expand the access Veterans have to the mind, body and spirit benefits from being able to garden independently.

In addition, all Veterans can attend to a raised garden bed and equally benefit from the nutrient rich produce grown.

Boots on the Ground

March to October

Details being finilazed - January 2018 posting

The following projects will be the our proving models.

Veterans transitional housing projects

Post 711 GHV Freedom Farming project

Inner Voice Chicago

Inner Voice, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose programs provide a continuum of care, recognizing that individual participants require different levels of service and serves as an access point for emergency and transitional shelter for any and all Chicagoans who find themselves homeless and needing help.

Growing Healthy Veterans

Growing Healthy Veterans, Inc. is a non-profit veterans support organization whose mission is to engage veterans in sustainable agricultural practices in order to enhance their physical and mental health, and their overall wellness, while exposing them to opportunities for employment.

¹”Planting Hope in Loss and Grief: Self- Care Applications of Horticultural Therapy for Grief Caregivers in Taiwan”. Death Studies (38): 603–611