The Hacienda will support a number of seasonal gardens. In addition to fruit orchards, a special garden area between the Hacienda Homes will support three raised vegetable beds that will be the nexus of the community’s horticultural therapy programs. They will be maintained using sustainable organic methods to yield a steady and varied supply of the freshest seasonal produce for our residents.
The gardens will be a place of transformative and grounding experience, and horticultural therapy will have a large presence in campus’ integrative therapeutic programs. Scientists have found that gardening increases a sense of well-being, reduces stress and calms nerves. It also enhances cognitive functioning, improves concentration, and stimulates memory in those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Our gardens not only supplement our kitchens, but also are deeply integrated into our therapeutic programs, providing a rich hands-on experience for our residents. They are places of delight and discovery.