Programs that offer classes which teach people methods for safely preparing and preserving food at home so that it can be stored for future use. Participants may learn the science behind food spoilage and the causes of food-borne illness as well as specific techniques and recipes for canning fruits and vegetables, pickling fruits and vegetables, preserving jams, jellies and conserves, smoking and curing fish and meats, and dehydrating and freezing food. Home food preservation is a good way for families, especially those who grow their own food, to limit their intake of salt and other additives commonly found in commercially preserved foods and stretch their food budget.
Programs that provide organized opportunities for individuals to pursue their interest in ornamental plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, house plants, herbs, garden fruits and vegetables or other species of plants, often through the medium of a club or society that is under the leadership to people who are knowledgeable in the subject. Activities may include field trips which enable participants to view different types of plants; lectures, slide shows or other presentations that provide information about plants, gardening techniques, flower arranging and display, and other aspects of horticulture; and opportunities for members to share their own gardening experiences and/or participate in plant-related competitions. Included are Internet-based virtual clubs, WebRings devoted to the subject and clubs where members meet face-to-face.
Programs that offer a form of therapy which enables individuals with mental, physical or developmental disabilities, substance abuse disorders, chronic health conditions or other problems to achieve self-expression and emotional release through gardening.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.