We are very excited to be able to introduce the joys gardening to members of the developmentally disabled community here in Huntington. The goals of the Lettuce Grow Project are; to teach concepts of nature, gardening, and the weather; to help students be a participant in their own lives; and to create positive social connections within the broader Huntington community.
The 2017 Garden program is currently closed for applications. Applications for the 2018 Lettuce Grow project can be submitted starting in July 2017. Applicants are accepted for project members aged 14 years or older with a current primary medical or educational diagnosis of a developmental disability and/or an autism spectrum disorder (e.g., PDD-NOS, Autism, and Asperger’s) or developmental delay. Because of the nature of the project, and the volunteer and collaborative efforts of the wider community working on the project, we are unable to provide 1:1 supervision of project members. In order to participate in the pilot project, members must be accompanied by a responsible adult (can be waiver staff) during all project activities. Due to the individualized programming that will be provided, a limited number of applications will be accepted. This project will be held on the Marshall University campus, and in various community gardens in the Huntington Metro Area, and run from May 1st - July 21st 2017. The project schedule will vary for participants based on the types of activities they have chosen to do. There will be set day/times for project members to attend "Garden Learning" meetings in addition to daily/weekly garden tasks for project members through our collaborative network of area community gardens or in the Marshall Student Gardens on campus. This project is very hands-on and integrates a variety of urban gardening methods and Horticultural Therapy techniques to help our project members benefit from their time in the gardens.
Digital Literacy Laboratory
This project will be held in our Digital Learning Laboratory at 1650 8th Avenue, Huntington WV 25703, and run from May 1st - July 30th 2017. The project schedule will vary for participants based on the types of activities they have chosen to do. There will be set day/times for project members to attend group sessions on particular technical topics, in addition to daily/weekly literacy tasks for project members through our collaborative network of area community gardens or in the Marshall Student Gardens on campus.