Video: Infertility Support and Horticulture Therapy (Gardening)


Hi!  My name is Lisa Stack and I’m the CNY Fertility Support Coordinator.   Earlier last week, I uploaded an article about Horticulture therapy.  Horticulture therapy is a new practice even though it has essentially been going on forever.  What therapists are doing are getting patients outdoors and working in the Earth, working in gardens; vegetable garden, herb gardens, flower gardens, or really anything.  Even if you’re just tending to your yard is a bit of horticulture therapy as well.  The idea is to get you outside, getting your hands dirty and connecting with the world around you.  You’ll find that once you get started and you really kind of start flowing, and working with the Earth, and working with what you have, you’ll have a nice, calming sensation comes over your body.  The noise of your mind and the rest of the world just fades into the background.  It’s great being outdoors in the sunshine and getting the Vitamin D and taking your mind off maybe your cycle or anything that’s causing you any stress or just concerning feelings.  
So horticulture therapy doesn’t necessarily have to really follow a structured program; although there are some of them out there.  Really, just the idea is to get you outside, appreciating nature, harnessing that wonderful, natural creative energy that our Earth has, and really just getting out of your element and trying something new.  If you’re interested in any ideas, let me know.  I have a bunch of little ideas around and a couple of resources are Mother Earth News they have a great website with lots of resources; especially some good do it yourself flower beds and how to get started.  Especially some really good kitchen gardens that can be done right on your window sill or right in your kitchen window.  Also, if you’re local, the Co-operative Extension program.  Many universities have a Co-operative Extension, and they often hold introductory lessons to gardening and even some advanced ones if you’ve been gardening for a bit.  A lot of times, they’ll have extra seeds for you, and even some compost, so give them a call.  They usually have some great resources and master gardeners on hand if you want some help.  In New York, we’re really lucky to have the Cornell Co-Operative Extension.   They really do a great job bringing the garden to you and all the information to you as well, so you can give them a call and they will help you out.  I hope you get outside, I hope you get your hands dirty, and I hope you enjoy the wonderful world that is blooming around us and really take advantage of the natural energy and the healing energy that we have.  Best of luck! 
Lisa Stack, Support Coordinator