Horticultural Therapy Programs for the Disability Community

TALMAR serves people of all ages and abilities with a focus on those with special needs and disabilities. Our goal is to contribute to the mind, body and spirit of the individual. TALMAR is a leading provider of horticultural therapy programming in Maryland.

Our horticultural programming is beneficial to everyone from young adults to seniors, to individuals with special needs and to groups from organizations that serve people with special needs, as well as to military veterans. The goal of our organization is to assist participants in learning new skills, provide education and contribute to general mental and physical wellness through horticultural activities. TALMAR accommodates individuals and groups for one hour sessions with up to 6 participants. To schedule our services for either individual or group sessions, please email Tanya Ray at tanyaray@talmar.org or contact us at 410-825-2020.

Breaking New Ground- Sustainable Agriculture Training for Veterans 

Beginning Farmer Training Program for Veterans

TALMAR is pleased to be working in partnership with the Veterans Administration in the VA Farms pilot program. The program trains veterans in small scale sustainable agriculture, preparing graduates for careers in agriculture or to start their own farms. Both classroom and practical hands-on experience continue throughout the seasons.

TALMAR Farms Breaking New Ground In Partnership with VAMHCS VA Farms Program

10-week Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture Course offered beginning in March, May, and August

In this hands-on course you will learn the basics of sustainable agriculture on a working therapeutic farm. We will cover all aspects of agricultural production from best practices to planning, planting, care, harvest, and sale of organically grown crops.

10-week Focused Vocational Course offered beginning in March, May, and August

This class invites participants to choose a focused area of study (vegetable or flower production) and dive in deep to learn the skills required to gain employment in the industry or start your own business. Prerequisite for the Focused Vocational Course is successful completion of the Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture Course.

Proposed training is subject to change pending resources and final approval.

For additional information contact:

Gina Porter / ginaporter@talmar.org / 410-825-2020

TALMAR programs are offered in collaboration with Baltimore County Therapeutic Recreation and Parks

Community Supported Agriculture & Flowers (CSA)

What is a CSA?

Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is an arrangement that connects the producer and consumers within the food system more closely by allowing the consumer to subscribe to the harvest of the farm. It is an alternative economic model of agriculture and food distribution that allows the producer and consumer to share together the risks and rewards of farming.

In our CSA, you visit the farm weekly (sign up for Tuesdays or Fridays) to pick up your share of what you have subscribed to  – the Produce CSA (vegetables and herbs), the Flowers CSA, and/or the Eggs CSA. You pay for the CSA subscription at the beginning of the growing season, and collect your share weekly starting when the crops are ready.

Why our CSA?

  • Taste: We carefully select our vegetable and herb varieties for excellent taste and quality.
  • Freshness: Produce is harvested the day you receive it or only one day earlier.
  • Health for Body and Soil: Our produce is grown organically without pesticides in fertile soil resulting in highly nutritious food and healthy soil.
  • Support Local Agriculture: Through a CSA, your dollars go directly towards strengthening and sustaining a small farm. Get to know the farm and farmers. See where and how your food is grown.

Flowers

TALMAR is known for our beautiful “specialty” cut flowers, which are grown in our hoop houses and in the fields. Many large food retail stores buy flowers from us, but you can avoid their markup by subscribing to our Flower CSA.  Get a fresh, medium-size bouquet or bucket of flowers weekly. Stems are cut 12 to 14 inches long or to a requested stem length. Join the Flowers CSA with or without the Produce CSA.

Eggs

Add a half or a whole dozen fresh eggs from our free range organically fed hens.  Customers may choose to have an “egg only” membership.