Step By Step's Garden and Greenhouse program provides opportunities for our members to enhance their vocational skills, obtain horticulture education, and enhance their social network.
Our primary goal of our project is to improve the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual health of our members and people of St. Lawrence County by providing access to cleaner, locally grown, healthier foods. We want to improve the overall health of participants by having our hands in the dirt, receiving Vitamin D from the sun, inhaling soil microbes, increasing physical movement, increasing social connection, and being a part of something positive.
The program is designed to teach our members how to grow, harvest, prepare, cook, and store their own food. Our vision is to incorporate a self-sufficient model where members, volunteers, students, and others from the community learn how to grow and prepare their own foods that people would otherwise not have access to.
Our program encompasses a holistic effort -- we want to regenerate our spirit - we want to recreate our spirit. Our project will encompass a community effort, aimed at community building, volunteerism, while addressing stigma and community integration challenges -- providing opportunities for recovery from illness through alternative medicine and holistic approaches.