Expanded Community Programs

Urban Farm Location:
The Baldwin Academy

With the help of The Baldwin Academy, we offer a unique program where at-risk children can experience life outside of a dense urban environment without having to go far from home. With the help of generous local developers, schools and real-estate investors, we have established gardens in the heart of Greater Fort Lauderdale that have become an oasis for urban children to learn to farm and about life beyond what their limited experiences have allowed for.

Left: Yoga with Ms. ‘H’ – Soft Belly Breathing | Right: School lizard doing yoga with us.
Position: Upward facing Dog

Children are learning how to grow food, eat healthy, care for nature, and develop wholesome habits and coping skills. Children often turn to destructive behaviors when they feel trapped and hopeless – our Urban Farm Program is changing the way they view the world by showing them that there are better ways to live, and care and it’s all just around the corner from them.

Vegetable beds being prepared for planting
Left: The Barbados cherry tree | Right: Cherries from the Barbados cherry tree

Music and Art Therapy

Medical clinics and hospitals have been using art and music therapies in conjunction with traditional psychotherapies for at least 60 years. People are usually far more guarded with expressing themselves verbally but tend to be more open when communicating their message through art or music.

Art and music help children to better explore emotions that are associated with trauma and allow them to develop better methods of coping and eventually healing. Arts and music therapy will be used in conjunction with all the programs previously mentioned.