2017 Plant Sale Was a Success!
Oesterlen’s 3rd Annual Plant Sale was a big success, bringing in $752.45. There was a variety of different plants for sale but the most popular plants were the multiple types of geraniums, Shasta Daisies, black eyed susans, annual ferns, begonias, and tomato plants. The plants are all grown in the therapy garden on-campus, with the majority of the work being done by the residential youth. Caring for the plants is part of a one-of-a-kind therapy program offered to all youth at Oesterlen. When asked about the plant sale, Adam Sorenson, the Director of Community Services, said, “It’s not about the money we make from the plant sale; it’s about the kids’ interventions. That’s why we do this. The real value [of the plant sale] comes from everyday people coming to Oesterlen and purchasing plants that the youth raised. It comes from seeing strangers so interested in what they are doing and spent a lot of time and effort working on. It helps build their self-esteem. You can’t build self-esteem like that from 100 hours of therapy in an office and self-esteem is SO important for traumatized kids.”