Horticulture for health framework

L.L. Fleming
The goal of this paper is to define a framework for horticulture for health. The exponential growth of horticulture-focused programs, organizations and trends that promote human health and well-being is presented in a framework referred to as horticulture for health. It identifies and organizes programs, services, activities and concepts across disciplines and sectors reflecting current practices in health services, education, food production, business, landscape architecture and green industry. Often focused on their own domain with limited crossover, integration or inclusion in a larger context, the horticulture for health framework captures the breadth and diversity in a coherent model, including disparate initiatives like mobile food markets, digitized horticulture technology, ecotherapy, parks prescription (Rx), forest bathing, and therapeutic horticulture for populations including those with food insecurity. This refreshed examination and categorization relies on a philosophy that recognizes the multi-sectoral nature and horticulture-specific commonality of the components, each focused on improving human health where horticulture plays a significant role.
Fleming, L.L. (2021). Horticulture for health framework. Acta Hortic. 1330, 63-74
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2021.1330.9
health services, horticulture, horticultural therapy, therapeutic modalities, food security, landscapes for health, framework

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