Earth Day Communal Gardening at Sanford House!

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The women of Sanford House at Cherry Street took advantage of the gorgeous, sunny weather on Earth Day. Who could resist that blue sky? They “dug in,” got their hands dirty and helped beautify the grounds, planting petunias and a robust kitchen garden. Just being outside on a beautiful spring day has a healing effect on the mind and emotions. And Earth Day was the perfect time to practice our horticulture props…

 

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Sanford House staff and residents joined together in communal gardening

They refreshed the soil, which has lain bare through the winter, and planted flowers and herbs. We’re all excited for the basil, mint and parsley coming soon. Last year, residents enjoyed tending the veggies and the posies. This year, we all look forward to using the herbs in the kitchen to enhance our fresh meals.

 

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Gardening is a form of therapy…

Gardening can be a form of therapy. Healing gardens help to lower stress, boost self-confidence, build teamwork and foster independence. The rewards of a garden have long term effects on wellbeing, as the seasons change and the garden develops. And when our clients go home, they can recapture that “earthy” feeling with some potted herbs or plants in their homes. Or take it up a notch and join a communal gardening group or cultivate vegetables and prize winning roses in the back yard…

 

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Sanford Behavioral Health is a residential and outpatient facility located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sanford offers excellence in evidence-based practice models in a home-like, restorative setting. Our clinicians, supported by our medical team, focus on resolving the underlying issues that often cause substance use, such as trauma, unhealthy relationships, co-occurring disorders and isolation. Programs include both in-person and telehealth: residential, day programs, intensive outpatient, outpatient, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), education and relapse prevention classes, one-on-one and family therapy, and alumni and family support groups. At Sanford, we want to inspire you to find your inner grit, rekindle your interests and engage your passion.