TALMAR, (Therapeutic Alternatives of Maryland) began in 1998 with a focus on work-skills development, vocational trainings, 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 it expanded its practices to the military veteran population. For every year since the past eight, TALMAR has serviced an average of 130 individuals. After professional assessments, participants are introduced to horticultural therapy practices, vocational training and job skills programs which suit them. Examples include gardening, 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. Our farm setting offers a safe and nurturing environment that promotes social development as well as psychological and physical advancement. Military veterans throughout the area have asked to do a farmer’s training here at TALMAR. We have expanded our practices to therefore accommodate this new population.