Below is an extract from an article in SaltandLight. We are grateful that the urban F.Ar.M we set up in the premises at The Helping Hands' has ignited their interest in gardening and subsequently the setting up of an Orchid garden:) Feeling blessed:) In full bloom The Helping Hand (THH) came up with the idea of selling orchids for Mother’s Day because of their experience with urban farming. Started during the Circuit Breaker last year, the half-way house turned a plot of land at the back of their premise into a garden for some 20 raised vegetable beds. They now have a variety of vegetables and herbs that, when harvested, is cooked at their in-house canteen for the residents. The urban farm that started during the Circuit Breaker was so successful that it inspired THH to start an orchid garden. Beyond sustenance, gardening is therapeutic for the residents and provides them with the opportunity to hone new skills. Three residents who are in charge of the garden are now pursuing polytechnic courses on urban farming. Gardening is therapeutic for the residents and provides them with the opportunity to hone new skills. The success of the vegetable and herb garden inspired THH to venture further. This time, a patch of greenery in the front of the compound was converted into an orchid garden complete with a trellis. “We had a volunteer who knew how to grow orchids and offered a knowledge transfer to help our residents pick up the skill,” explained Kaur. “We also thought that the orchid garden would be a nice place to do Quiet Time.” The garden is only a month old. So, for this Mother’s Day, THH is bringing in orchids from a nursery they are partnering to offer mums two types of orchid gifts. The orchid garden is still new but it has become a place for quiet contemplation for the halfway house residents. #thehelpinghand #thehelpinghandfoundation #thehelpinghandchallenge #gardening #farming #mothersday #communityengagement #communityspirit #communityfarm
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