Sowing Seeds of Change, Harvesting New Strengths

Posted: January 21, 2018|

We’re busy. For the past 85 years, we’ve been busy -- working, playing, and building community, offering people with mental health and substance abuse issues time and space to come to terms with the effects of their illness. We find that, when we work together, it’s easier to make friends, find new strengths to call upon, and become active participants in our lives in ways that are unpredictable, enjoyable, and transformative.

 Photo of Rachel bottle-feeding a lamb  at Spring Lake Ranch

Transformation isn’t the only benefit that comes from working together on our myriad projects and recreational outings. Take a look at some of the things we harvested, painted, cooked, created, and otherwise experienced last year on the Ranch and Rutland programs:

  • 4,500 bales of hay harvested from our fields
  • 4,200 board feet of lumber produced from the land
  • 20,000 eggs from our hen house
  • 9 calves and 16 pigs raised on the farm
  • 14 sheep fleeces washed & carded
  • 12 quarts of salsa and 510 containers of pesto made from our garden produce
  • 1,250 bags of granola produced
  • 8 people ate raw corn in the garden for the first time
  • 170 rogue white and 10 red lettuces from 2016 came up (yes, they tasted as good the 2nd year)
  • 40 weekly cooking groups
  • 3 murals painted
  • 150 inspirational rocks painted
  • 1 stand-up paddle board made and paddled successfully on the lake
  • 578  walnuts have pelted the roof of the glass house so far. Make that 579 – no, 580….

Community is the backbone of our program and everyone who comes here has some essential strength that they can contribute on the path to gaining greater responsibility and accountability. In the work program, residents and staff problem-solve, both giving and receiving direction, and gaining self-esteem, life, and work skills that will resonate beyond the Ranch.

From the Ranch Program team