Garden Coach

Location: 
Middletown, Connecticut
Publication Date: 
Thursday, May 23, 2013 (All day)

 

Part-­‐Time
Position/Garden
Project
Vegetable
Garden
“Coach”
Supervisor
Connecticut
Valley
Hospital
Middletown,
Connecticut
Connecticut
Valley
Hospital
(“CVH”),
located
on
1,00+
acre
campus
in
Middletown,
CT
is
beginning
a
pilot
vegetable
garden
project
this
season
on
a
small
plot
located
at
the
center
of
its
campus,
adjacent
to
an
existing
greenhouse
operation
for
ornamental
plants.
With
a
start
up
grant
from
a
family
foundation,
CVH
seeks
an
individual
with
experience
in
vegetable
gardening
with
sustainable
agricultural
practices
to
supervise
patient
workers
who
will
tend
and
harvest
produce
from
the
garden,
which
will
then
be
used
in
meals
prepared
in
the
small
retail
café
located
on
the
campus.
The
project
is
also
a
beginning
to
reclaim
the
history
of
farming
on
the
state-­‐owned
campus,
where
all
food
was
grown
to
support
and
feed
patients
and
staff.
The
plot
has
been
tilled,
fenced
and
water
supply
installed;
planting
will
begin
in
early
June.
Grounds
staff
at
CVH
will
provide
support
as
needed
for
heavy
work
and
machinery
needs.
The
therapeutic
benefits
of
gardening
and
wholesome
food
in
general
are
widely
documented.
In
the
case
of
individuals
affected
by
mental
illness
and
who
are
in
recovery,
there
is
strong
evidence
in
the
medical
literature
of
the
positive
benefits
of
gardening…a
productive
pursuit
that
enables
outdoor,
physically
active
experience.
Beginning
immediately,
planting
of
50%
of
the
garden
with
a
selection
of
hearty
vegetable
crops,
followed
by
planting
of
pumpkin
and
gourds
in
late
June,
patients
who
are
capable
of
being
a
part
of
the
garden
project
will
work
two
hours
each
morning,
supervised
by
trained
professional
staff
of
CVH.
The
teams
of
patients/staff
simply
need
expert
guidance
on
planting,
weeding,
watering
and
maintenance
techniques.
The
“coach”
will
also
have
the
support
of
DeFrancesco
Farms
and
its
principal,
Joe
DeFrancesco
who
is
donated
the
plant
material
for
the
garden
and
has
also
provided
advice
on
a
volunteer
basis.
Flexible
Hours:
The
individual
serving
as
“garden
coach”
will
set
their
hours
on
site
with
Cheryl
Kraft,
Director
of
Recreational
Therapy
at
CVH.
It
is
estimated
that
visits
one-­‐
two
days
per
week,
in
the
morning
hours
when
the
garden
teams
are
working,
will
be
sufficient.
It
is
possible
that
a
little
more
time
will
be
needed
during
planting
and
harvest,
but
that
will
be
at
the
discretion
of
the
coach
and
the
Director
of
Recreational
Therapy.
Inclusive
Dates:
June
1-­‐
September
30th.
Stipend:
$
3,500
Interested
individuals
should
contact:
Marydale
DeBor,
Consultant
to
CVH,
860-­‐248-­‐9854
or
mdebor@freshadvantage.com

An interesting project and  part-time job opportunity. 

 

Marydale created the innovative Plow to Plate program at New MIlford Hospital.