One of Conscious Harvest's primary goals is to build our community through partnerships, workshops, and social gathering. We recognize that without community, social justice is an out of reach goal. In 2017, Conscious Harvest began to act on this mission by partnering with wonderful people doing incredible work in the Morgantown area. Milan Puskar Health Right joined our organization last spring. Below is their story.
"Participants at the Friendship House, a peer support drop-in center, have wanted to garden since Milan Puskar Health Right re-started the program in 2016. Fortunately, we partnered with Conscious Harvest in 2017 and were able to tend a plot. Getting outside and growing fresh produce benefited everyone at the Friendship House. Participants at the Friendship House are adults in recovery from substance use disorder and/or with co-occurring mental health diagnosis. Peer support is a way of providing help based on “lived experience.” That is, our staff of Peer Support Specialists has personally experienced substance abuse disorders and mental health concerns. They use their experiences to work with people through the struggles and success of living in recovery.
Our plot with Conscious Harvest provided a place for over 30 participants to be productive citizens and learn new, valuable skills. We were able to start seeds at the Friendship House and prepare the plot, transplant seedlings, harvest vegetables, and have picnics at the garden. We harvested tomatoes, onions, potatoes, lettuce, radishes, peas, and even a few gourds that all went to feeding low-income individuals in our community. Next year we look forward to expanding our efforts and collaboration!"
You can learn more about Health Right and the Friendship House at mphealthright.org