The Agricultural and Apiary Program provides education and homegrown organic food for our residents and staff.
The Manor of Hope provides its residents with a rich, educational, and rewarding environment to help strengthen the mind and body.
Included in that design is a beautiful and thoughtfully engineered agricultural enrichment program. Unique to the Manor of Hope, our enclosed raised bed gardens are the vehicle that provides our residents with the learning opportunity and responsibility of gardening and food supply. Substantial efforts have been put forth to create 14 gardens that encircle a comfortable and peaceful sitting area, offering a quiet retreat with nature at its best.
Our main campus houses a large, enclosed organic garden and apiary with 16 bee hives.
Our residents learn about the responsibility of gardening and food supply
Under the guidance of the culinary team, our residents learn and practice:
- Responsibility, patience, and a sense of accomplishment through tending to plants and animals.
- Sustainable agricultural practices and environmental stewardship.
- Building a connection with nature.
- The therapeutic benefits of outdoor activities.
- Entrepreneurial skills through marketing and selling our honey products.
- Values such as planning, maintenance, routine, and reward.
As spring shows us signs of its impending arrival, the staff and residents are excited to plan and execute this project, beginning with the enrichment of the beds with nourishing organic compost.
We have a wonderful partner who has been assisting the Manor of Hope in the planning and execution of our organic gardens. We support local businesses in the area and Bing Houston at Stony Hill Farm in Coventry, PA has been one of them. Drawing on the experience and expertise of our friends at Stony Hill Farm, we are working together to build the gardens, establish a planting schedule, and tend to the process throughout the growing seasons.
While gardening on this scale does provide our residents with a great deal of outside time and physical activity, it also reinforces the values supported by the Manor of Hope program… planning, maintenance, routine, and reward.
We look forward to the weeks and months ahead and are thankful for the opportunity to live and work in an environment that allows us to enjoy this resource and the bounty that life has to offer.
Our culinary team will take care to prepare meals with the food we have grown together, completing the cycle and giving us all a sense of reward, nourishment, and accomplishment.
“The experience is one that will help to strengthen our community, build an educational experience, and provide us with fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables which will be used to feed our home.” – Andrew Deery, Executive Chef