Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio
Dayton VAMC's Horticultural Therapy Program
August 21, 2013
Thanks to former Dayton VAMC employee, Roy Hinton Jr., the Dayton VAMC is able to offer Veterans horticultural therapy. Horticultural therapy is a process of utilizing plants and horticultural activities to improve social, educational, psychological and physical adjustment of a person, thus improving their body, mind, and spirit.
For 43 years, Roy Hinton Jr. has been voluntarily maintaining and harvesting a garden that is located on the Dayton VAMC's grounds. Twice a week, Mr. Hinton, a group of Veterans and children from the Miami Valley Family Care Center (MVFCC), harvest the garden together. So far this year, over 800 pounds of produce has been gathered and donated to the local food bank located in Dayton. Mr. Hinton has set a goal to harvest more than 1,100 pounds by the end of the season.
Both the Dayton VAMC and Mr. Hinton plan to continue this program for years to come. This program truly benefits the Veterans and the community. The Dayton VAMC recognizes the hard work and commitment made by Roy Hinton Jr. and his team. Thanks to efforts of community members like Mr. Hinton, the Dayton VAMC is able to offer Veterans a very unique experience and a beneficial form of therapy.