PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WILL BENEFIT FROM HORTICULTURE PROGRAM FUNDED BY WHOLE FOODS MARKET 5% DAY

Adaptive Gardens of the Lowcountry, a non-profit assisting people with disabilities through horticulture, will be the recipient of Whole Foods Market 5% Day on June 22, 2010

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (Tuesday, June 22, 2010) Shopping at Whole Foods Market in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina on June 22, 2010 will help fund a horticulture program working with people with disabilities.  Whole Foods Market will donate 5% of the net sales for the day to Adaptive Gardens of the Lowcountry.  Funds raised will allow individuals with special needs to participate in the horticulture program offered and develop lifelong skills.

Adaptive Gardens of the Lowcountry is a non-profit, on Thornhill Farm, teaching persons with disabilities practical skills related to: healthy living, social bonding, vocational and recreational pursuits through horticultural activities.  Through activities such as: making soil, seeding, potting plants, tending the garden & making seed paper, the participants are able to focus on social skills and fine and gross motor skill development.  Catherine McGuinn, Program Director for Adaptive Gardens says, “When walking down the rows we do a lot of side-stepping.  They (program participants) have to move their feet apart and back together…that’s a great way to work on balance and coordination and gross motor skills”.  This is just one example of the therapeutic methods used to work with individuals with special needs when they come to the farm.

For more information regarding the programs offered by Adaptive Gardens of the Lowcountry, please contact us at: info@adaptivegardens.org.