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Reconnect Farm will be a community garden designed to primarily benefit those with special needs. Profound cognitive developmental theorist such as Jean Piaget believe that children learn best through activities explored through their own natural curiosity. A key for children to develop to their fullest potential revolves around constructing personal knowledge. Furthermore, space is needed to explore and understand the environment in unique and creative ways. Children and adults with special needs are especially in need of activities such as gardening. Through gardening all senses are engaged, thus stimulating cognitive, physical, emotional, and spiritual development. This garden will be a space to immerse the senses in such a beautiful process of growth.
The goal of this garden is to not only provide a space for growth in the soil and hearts but to provide a launching pad in creating a sustainable camp for all children and families. This camp will have a sustainable farm, both feeding the camp and also giving to those in the community in need. This camp will present a place to reconnect with nature as well; a place to live and learn the true creativity of our hearts and the whimsical adventures nature can take us on. This dream of beginning a camp for all families, those with special needs and those without, has been in the making for years. The hope for Reconnect Farm is to be a stepping-stone into the dream of a camp as well as opening a space to be immersed in nature locally.
Reconnect Farm will encourage positive self-image by allowing participants to have control over their planting and harvesting. Limits are often set on those with special needs because we want to protect them from risks. Yet, in order to create a positive self-image one needs to both succeed and fail. All need the dignity of having control over certain aspects of life and all need to experience success. Having the freedom to be creative will allow all people to feel worthy and to feel confident in themselves.