Get your green on! Join our Parent Cafe’ while we hear from Erica Wharton, Program Director for Loveland Youth Gardeners about the benefits of horticulture therapy.
Erica has a B.S in Computer Science from New Mexico State University. Erica holds certification in Horticultural Therapy from the Horticultural Therapy Institute in Denver and is a Larimer County Master Gardener. She has over 15 years working with youth, program development, and non-profit management. Her passion for youth shows with over 12 years of experience in planning and running programs with at-risk youth and as an executive director for 10 years at a non-profit that supported foster and adoptive youth in Larimer County. Erica is a well known soil enthusiast with over 8 years of experience building, designing and running community gardens.
She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking new foods, reading books about food, fiction, and gardening, and puttering in her home garden and the community garden she manages.
“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgement; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”~ Brené Brown