Cultivate - the Horticultural Therapy Society of NSW

17 Apr 2019

Recap: Farm Chats at Pocket City Farms

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Panel Discussion: "Gardens as Therapy"
Tuesday April 3rd, 2019

Panellists – Toni Salter, Philip Pettitt, Darius Rountree-Harrison, Rob Greatholder in conversation with Julie Pryor. (Click here for speaker bio's).


A beautiful evening in a wonderful space – Pocket City Farms – and a very lively panel discussion with a craft beer in hand. What could be better?

Judging by the response from attendees – not much!  The overwhelming response to the evening was that it was inspirational, thought-provoking and provided a platform for a very lively and robust discussion for questions such as what is social and therapeutic horticulture/horticultural therapy and whether gardening should be described as ‘healing’ as in ‘are we sick? or ‘restorative.’

The diversity of the panel provided attendees with access to a wide range of experiences and approaches employed by them in their work, as well as lovely stories of the restorative power of gardening and farming resulting from their projects.

Discussion also ranged around the challenges within the industry and opportunities for growth.

In summary the key message was the willingness of practioners to be open about their approaches and to collaborate and encourage everyone involved in all aspects of ‘gardening as therapy.’

Panellist Rob Greatholder, Biodynamic Farm Manger and Social Educator at Warrah Biodynamic Farm, shared the following links for organisations and reading material that have influenced the way he works.


Ruskin Mill


Care farms UK


Pictures supplied by Joanne Aquilina and Pocket City Farms.

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