TALMAR, (Therapeutic Alternatives of Maryland), began in 1998 with a focus on work-skills development, vocational training and horticultural therapy. Today, TALMAR operates programs for developmentally and physically challenged children and adults and for those with depression, mental illness, stroke, and at-risk youth. In 2015, TALMAR expanded its programs to support the military veteran population. On average, TALMAR services nearly 130 individuals per year.
After professional assessments, participants are introduced to horticultural therapy practices, vocational training, social skills, and leisure programs tailored to individual needs. Examples include planting, cutting flowers and harvesting fresh produce. Participants can gain satisfaction from the fact that their flowers and produce are organically grown and sold to the community to support programming. Our beautiful 10-acre farm setting offers a safe and nurturing environment that promotes social development as well as psychological and physical advancement. Military veterans throughout the area are engaged in a farmer’s training here at TALMAR.