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Gardens, Farms, and Nature for Veteran Whole Health
Join the Clackamas County Master Gardener's Lecture Series as Scott Hoffman, Therapeutic Garden Program Coordinator, VA Portland Health Care System presents.

The Veterans Affairs (VA) Portland Health Care System in Portland, OR is piloting a program incorporating therapeutic horticulture and agricultural vocational training into Veterans healthcare as a component of Whole Health. The program focuses on physical, emotional, cognitive, and social benefits among Veterans, while working in the community and at VA Portland Health Care facilities newly established gardens.

Scott Hoffman will share information about this program. He created the VA Portland Veterans Healing Garden and now is establishing this new gardening and farming program.

Scott holds a B.S. in Horticulture and Environmental Landscaping from the University of MN and a M.S. in Agriculture from Washington State University. His graduate studies involved Healing Gardens in Health Care, with the creation of the Veterans Healing Garden at the VA Portland Medical Center. Scott manages a therapeutic garden program for Veterans that involves community engagement, fosters health and wellness, and provides professional education in the knowledge and skills for vocational opportunities in the agricultural and horticultural industries. Scott is a U.S. Air Force Veteran that served during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Nov 9, 2020 07:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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