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 to people throughout central Maryland. By April, TALMAR was buzzing online. On campus, our team wore masks and maintained social distancing to facilitate an online seedling sale, installation of a new deer fence, and planting of vegetables to nourish our community.

TALMAR has been able weather these changes because of the support of individual donors and Family Trusts.

Congratulations to Ryan for willing 3rd place in the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council’s Comfort and Connection photo contest!

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Our Advanced Sustainable Agriculture program for veterans has begun, and we’re having another successful year in 2020! Despite the heat, masks and social distancing, everyday is a learning experience for veterans representing all branches of the military.