We Don’t Just Plant…We Transform
“Something dwells already in our minds; and I believe it is the bond, the bond of fifty thousand generations with the natural world, that can make aspects of nature affect us so powerfully.”
The Moth Snowstorm, Michael McCarthy
How much is nature worth? A smart economist can cost out the value to society of fresh air, clean water, predictable climate, biodiversity, food and even beauty. But what is the value of ‘green’ to the individual? Especially those whose lives are restricted to the grayscape of the inner-city.
- At PS 50, 0% of the third-grade students had previously tasted Sage, Thyme, and Rosemary. After The Hort’s herb lesson that included Make-Your-Own take-home dry “rubs,” 55% of the children reported that they got to use their herbs for the family Thanksgiving meal.
- A Hort GreenTeam participant, upon securing a full-time job after a season of rehabilitative transitional work on our Horticultural team, likened himself a tulip bulb. “Worn out, discarded, left to rot…but with care and love it turns into something so beautiful, but fragile.”
- At The Hort’s new therapeutic program for adolescents at the Rikers Island Correctional Facility, one 16-year-old gang member facing serious violent charges could not believe that a carrot grew from his seed – under the ground, in the dark. He told us to “expect me here every day. I see I can learn a lot about life from you.”
The Hort’s mission is to connect people to nature. The benefits are inherent. With your support, we are able to change lives and make our city a better place in which to grow up and live.
Living in a built environment makes the need for green space vital. The Hort’s work in the field encourages social interaction and cognitive learning while offering a setting of calm for so many individuals.
Through our education, horticulture, and prison programs, thousands of New Yorkers have the opportunity to experience, first-hand, the restorative quality of plants. Improved focus at work, school, and in daily life are all results of working with nature. Please join The Hort as we strive to continue our mission and connect all New Yorkers with the power of plants.
Deputy Director & Chief of Horticulture