All Kinds of News for April 08, 2020
As an alternative to traditional wilderness therapy programs, young adults at Trails Momentum participate in a variety of activities on campus, applying lessons from the outdoors into their everyday life. At Trails Momentum the Nutrition and Wellness Specialist, Charlotte Christensen, MS, teaches healthy living classes & culinary lessons to equip young adults ages 18-25 with the skills and tools to carry on nutritional living practices beyond graduation. Charlotte continues to strengthen the "Farm-to-Institution" model by partnering with local farms, and building a small farm on-site.
This spring, Charlotte and the students have put a lot of effort into the garden utilizing a permaculture technique called Hugelkultur (pronounced Hoo-gul-culture). Hugelkulture refers to a type of gardening that utilizes a mound structure to extend a gardening area, create better water retention and allegedly extend growing season. To assist with the gardening project, one of Momentum’s recent grads built 4x8 garden boxes for his legacy project. And students have been gearing up for spring planting by shaping the beds of the permaculture garden at base camp and, after saving egg cartons all winter, growing starter seedlings for spring planting. To expand the garden, the students cleared out another 16x16' space and built up a mound that will help prevent erosion.
This month, students will also be collecting nutrient-rich soil from the lake bed to incorporate with local organic horse manure compost and fill the beds.
“It has been really wonderful to utilize the resources that we have available on campus such as an old horse barn filled with wood, egg cartons, nourishing soil, leaves, pine needles, and fallen logs, etc. So far, the only thing we have had to purchase for this garden are seeds - which we will never have to do again because we plan to save seeds from our crops,” says Charlotte. “Getting the students involved in the garden is such a powerful part of their wilderness experience, as they learn to utilize resources around them for their own wellbeing."
Learn more about activities at Trails Momentum’s base camp by visiting https://trailsmomentum.com/campus/ or by calling (877) 296-8711.
Trails Momentum is an adventure-based outdoor program for young adults ages 18-25 who are struggling to launch themselves into adulthood. Students are guided on a journey of self-discovery where they develop self-concept and are empowered to make the transition into independence. Adventure programming, clinical services, family involvement, college coursework, and social skill development are seamlessly interwoven to maximize the transference of important life skills and address clinical and behavioral challenges.