Harvest Acres Farm members engage in meaningful occupations such as working in our greenhouses, vegetable/flower gardening, harvesting, working in our wood shop, painting and cooking. Our members work together as a team to complete tasks they participate in. While working together they develop respect for each other.
In Wood Working, members learn safety, equipment use, wood types and how to make quality products.
In the greenhouses, members learn plant varieties, transplanting, potting, dead blooming and watering.
In the spring, summer, and fall, our members learn how to harvest. They learn about vegetable gardening, what season in which different varieties of plants grow and they learn about size/color and when a vegetable or fruit is ready to be harvested.
Most importantly our members learn the proper amount of water and fertilizer a plant needs.
During the holiday season, members create handmade wreath centerpieces.
In painting, our members are learning the Donna Duberry Painting Style. They also paint our hand crafted window boxes and birdhouses.
Lastly, our members cook two large meals a week. When cooking, they learn food safety, planning, how to follow a recipe and budgeting.
All planted and hand crafted items are sold at our farm shop. All of the funds raised go back into supporting the HAF important programs.
- Must be in treatment with a mental health provider.
- Must be 18 or older.
- Currently involved in a clubhouse, day program, or other mental health treatment setting.
- Interested in developing work skills.
- If taking medication, you must be able to self-administer.
- Have transportation to and from the program.
- Have a Referral from your Mental Health Provider.
THE IMPORTANT FACTS
What are the most common mental disorders affecting adults?
Anxiety disorders, next to depression, are among the most common mental health disorders in young people. This can include phobias, panic disorder, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
An estimated 1.3 million adults attempt suicide each year (CDC). The rate of suicide in RI has increased by more than 30% from 1999 to 2016 (CDC). In RI, Washington County is federally designated as a mental health shortage area, Health Professional Shortage Area, and high needs geographic area. This, coupled with having the highest rate of suicide in the state, demonstrates a severe and immediate need to address this crisis. Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder in people who die by suicide and affects an estimated 26% of the population.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES & SUPPORT
The National Alliance on Mental Illness' mission is to educate the public about mental illness; to offer resources and support, to advocate, and to promote research in the science and treatment of mental illness.
Butler Hospital is a private, non-profit, psychiatric and substance abuse hospital for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors, located at 345 Blackstone Boulevard in Providence, Rhode Island.