As a form of therapy, homeless veterans learn how to grow and cook their own harvest.
Behind the HONOR Center, a facility designed to house homeless veterans who are disabled or need to recuperate, is a garden teeming with life. Eight raised vegetable garden beds are home to carrots, sweet onions and much more, which are planted and raised by the veterans who stay at the residence. The garden was started in 2009 and has since added concrete pathways and an area reserved for vets who need a place for quiet reflection. The garden is meant to be a place of serenity and therapy for the veterans, who are taught everything from planting the seeds and harvesting the plants, to cooking them in the on-site kitchen. Recently, the veterans discovered a number of koi fish that had been forgotten in one of the standing pools of water. Kat Costello, who discovered the fish, said tending to them has helped her. “Just sitting back here and seeing them thrive,” she said. “I’ve been here for six months, and now I feel like a whole person that I haven’t felt like in a lot of years.”
Photo story by Steven Longmire