People participating in drug treatment and other programs through the City of Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Court’s problem-solving courts began planting recently at their community garden.
From the spring through the fall, the participants will work together with court staff and community partners planting and harvesting vegetables at the Municipal Court’s Community Garden, which is inside Freeway Garden, 1402 Indiana Ave. The garden, which was 15 feet by 25 feet last year, will double in size this year due to the popularity of the program. The participants also keep the vegetables that they grow.
“The garden has proven to be a great way to offer pro-social activities for the participants,” said Deputy Court Administrator Stephanie Boyer. “For a person to overcome substance abuse, it is not enough to just teach them about addiction. Part of recovery requires developing new interests and hobbies.”
The garden is sponsored by Friends of the Kansas City Problem-Solving Courts, a board that supports the Municipal Court in the operation of its Drug Court, Mental Health Court and Veterans’ Treatment Court programs. The gardening project began in 2013 a Drug Court garden but expanded to include participants from all three problem-solving courts. The space for the garden is provided by Kansas City Community Gardens.
For more information or media inquiries, please contact Benita Jones, public information officer for the Municipal Courts, at 816-513-6711 or Benita.Jones@kcmo.org.
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