All Kinds of News for September 12, 2018
For the fifth summer in a row, students at Summit Achievement and Traverse had a wonderful summer learning about organic gardening at the programs' expanded on-site vegetable garden. Jesse Stevens, Summit’s gardener, helped the students learn about the life cycle of a garden from seedling to harvest and oversaw the one acre+ garden, with the help of guides and students. Each week Jesse would educate students about the garden, and then students would help with the maintenance and harvest of vegetables. The whole community would benefit from the amazing vegetables that would go directly from the garden onto the table for lunch and dinner.
Summit’s garden provides another avenue for students to connect with nature, practice mindfulness and increase awareness about where their food comes from. While the garden is rich in nutrients, it is also rich in metaphor and therapeutic lessons to help students process their own growth and nourishment. There is also plenty of research that shows that eating fresh and organic fruits and vegetables helps the mental and physical health of adolescents and young adults.
Summit has been actively increasing the size of its garden in the last five years and growing vegetables from early summer to late fall. This year, Summit’s organic garden has produced over one and a half tons of vegetables and should be close to two tons after winter squash and pumpkins are harvested. Although Maine is not known for its long growing season, Summit is committed to providing students with fresh fruits and vegetables all through the year, as well as keeping processed food to a minimum. Summit feels this commitment to high quality food is in the best interest of students and staff.
About Summit Achievement
Summit Achievement is, and always has been, guided by positive reinforcement and the power of choice. Our outcome-focused program employs effective therapeutic and educational principles. Through the process of engaging therapy, classroom academics and exciting wilderness expeditions, students experience the therapeutic benefits of outdoor adventure-based activities while learning to manage the demands of a more traditional environment. As an intentionally small, owner-operated wilderness therapy program, we serve adolescent boys and girls, ages 13-20, from around the world.