The pandemic has affected all of us so much and so differently. Here at TALMAR, March left us worried about safety, finances, and whether we would be able to provide horticultural therapy to anyone in 2020. Once we realized the scope of the pandemic and the impact it had on our program participants, many of whom live with mental illness or require routine and familiarity, TALMAR transitioned our programs online. We set up free Google chats for local agencies that provide residential programs for clients with special needs, and we gave away grow kits full of seeds, soil, plants and whimsy
Dear Friends, Hi to the new friends we just met at our open house for agency partners, or the veteran-owned brewery in Baltimore City, and to those of you returning to TALMAR for another amazing season! It feels like Mother Nature skipped winter, especially here at TALMAR where we've been starting seeds and redesigning curriculum in anticipation of March when program participants will return to our campus. In preparation for the 2020 growing season, we're spending the “winter” months planning and reflecting on TALMAR’s 2019 accomplishments (the full 2019 impact statement infographic can be viewed below). We see all of
"We have not done a lot with Santa in the past, but when we heard about a 'sensory-friendly experience with Santa' for special needs children, we jumped on it. No lines, bright lights, and minimal noise. We were the only ones in the room and were able to let Kensi set the tone all while taking as many [pictures] as we wanted. The volunteers/Santa were so friendly and made it such a positive experience. And all for free! Now that is how you do Santa. Thank you, TALMAR!"-Kensi's Mom, Erika. DONATE
View this email in your browser “Even when I am having a bad day, I look forward to heading out to the farm. There's something about having my hands in the dirt and face in the sun that makes me happy." Veterans Reap the Benefits of Training and Behavioral Care The name TALMAR has been synonymous with therapeutic gardening in the Baltimore area for more than 20 years. When the Veterans Affairs Health Care System of Maryland was selected for a groundbreaking new program that supports veterans developing job skills while being treated for a service-related illness, a
“This program is so therapeutic for me and I am learning so much. It is a time to get away from my problems” -veteran student Veteran Farm Training Continues In February, TALMAR FARM and the Veterans Administration collaborated to offer veterans with mental health challenges an opportunity to receive training in sustainable agriculture. The first group of student veterans graduated from the 14-week beginning farmer training and ten veterans from that group chose to continue their training through the fall. We welcomed the second class in June. Their training includes other career fields in horticulture, including floriculture, landscaping
'Tis the Season for getting down and DIRTy (see what we did there?) at the farm. We have been working hard to get seedlings started and plants in the ground for the upcoming season.We still have registration slots available for the 2019 CSA season, so don't miss out on fresh veggies, eggs, and beautiful flowers! This season we are excited to offer a large variety of your favorite fresh produce and flowers, and even a few new selections sure to bring color, nutrients, and fun to your table.