Holy Angels’ AngelWorks Horticulture enterprise provides opportunities for clients to receive work-readiness training in the AdvoCare AngelWorks Conservatory and in the vermicompost institute.
Horticulture offers wide-ranging benefits for people in therapeutic, vocational, and wellness programs. Holy Angels uses horticulture to provide individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities the benefits of gardening experiences as a part of their vocational and occupational regimen. In collaboration with the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners, we utilize resources provided by the American Horticultural Therapy Association and outdoor classroom consultants to meet the needs of our clients.
The horticulture products, including herbs, topiaries, succulents, select fresh vegetables, and a variety of flowering plants, are maintained by our clients and are available for sale at the David Toms Foundation AngelWorks Gift Shop. Customers are invited to visit the AdvoCare Conservatory to browse the inventory and see our clients at work. Funds from the sale of these items are reinvested to improve and expand all of our program offerings.
The vermicompost institute was created thanks to a grant from the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners. Clients work with red worms to produce high-quality compost made in part using shredded paper collected from our Business Services enterprise. The compost is available for sale to the public and is also used for planting products in the AdvoCare Conservatory.
“AdvoCare is honored to be a part of making a difference in the Shreveport community. The AvoCare Conservatory will assist in the continuing efforts of helping Holy Angels’ residents live independently. We are proud to be involved with such a cause.”
– Richard Wright, President & CEO of AdvoCare