Patchwork Pastures mission is "Bringing Recovery and Nature Together". Our vision is to support at risk transitioning young adults age 18 – 28 reintegrating into society from mental health, substance use or incarceration by creating collaborative partnerships with green care companies as a base for promoting recovery, reducing recidivism, increasing employability and quality of life through our Green Care Project initiative.
We are a small animal rescue that provides forever homes for non conventional animals in need of a home. Our current residents consist of a Peahen, a Turkey, Chickens, a Rooster, four Pot belly Pigs, a Duck, four Hedgehogs, and many birds. All of our animals are trained in human interaction and play a role in our program providing animal assisted nature based programming.
Our philosophy is that if our at risk young adults youth are given chances to explore their natural strengths in a trauma informed, safe, nature-based environment caring for animals and plants while being mentored by caring adults, that those strengths will develop with a sense of responsibility and pride.
Green Care is a well-established international concept that uses animals, plants and nature in an interactive process to offer health-promoting activities for people. With this concept in mind our programs are designed to support transitioning young adults ages 18-28 re-integrating into society with mental health challenges, substance use challenges or from incarceration, those most often left behind.
Our programs utilize humane education within the following areas; agriculture, horticulture, arboriculture, animal care and other nature based areas. By encompassing these specific service areas and changing the role of the individual from service receiver to service assistant they build a sense of responsibility, self-efficacy, empathy and compassion as well as establish personal boundaries and most importantly teamwork and leadership skills.
We thank you in advance for your support.