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Residents participate in horticultre activities - Cognitive Therapy
Residents participate in many horticultre activities. This greenhouse houses many of their seedlings. - Cognitive Therapy

Those Who Tend The Earth Stay Connected To It

The connection between the human soul and the soil grows deep within us all. It is a connection that cannot be severed by time or illness. Again and again, we’ve seen our residents “bloom” with interest and excitement when they join “Farmer Roy,” our Director of Horticulture, in tending our facility’s five organic gardens, two fruit tree orchards, memorial rose garden, and greenhouse.
Our gardens take center stage in multiple unique programs that we offer, allowing our residents to make connections with the soil, with new people, and with their own history of gardening and horticulture. The 20,000+ pounds of organic product that our residents harvest often end up on the dinner plate, completing an educational, fulfilling, and yummy cycle each year.

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Horticulture Therapy — Learn how we use our gardens to reignite that deep and important connection between our residents and the earth. [Learn More]

Farmer Roy – Meet our tireless and enthusiastic Director of Horticulture, Roy H. Wilburn [Learn More]

Backyard Produce Project – See how the food we grow in our garden helps feed hungry families throughout the Poway community. [Learn More]

Intergenerational Gardening – Our free kids garden club introduces the joy of gardening to the next generation. New friendships always grow between your residents and our young guests. [Learn More]

Garden Lectures – Each month, Farmer Roy gives a free and fascinating horticulture lecture. Everyone is invited. [Learn More]

Garden Recipes – Discover Farmer Roy’s favorite garden recipes, which use the same crops we cultivate in our gardens. [Learn More]

Farm-to-Table – Learn how a single seed planted in one of our Sunshine Care gardens with the help of our residents eventually ends up on the dinner table as part of a healthy, organic, and tasty meal. [Learn More]