Hattie’s Garden is a sustainable agriculture garden that grows chemical-free produce. The program is also a Hattie Larlham vocational program for adults with developmental disabilities.
The garden adheres to sustainable growing practices including crop rotation to prevent soil depletion, composting, the use of beneficial insects to manage insect populations that could damage crops, spreading mulches to suppress weeds and using disease-resistant cultivators.
Working with Hattie Larlham job coaches, employees learn gardening skills, such as safely using gardening tools, watering plants and cultivating seedlings. The benefits of a healthy diet and the importance of harvesting crops at their optimum nutrient level is woven into the program.