Newsletter - April 2024


As we move forward, the McCauley Foundation is excited to expand our reach, touching more lives through the power of vertical gardening. We're driven by the knowledge that our work not only feeds bodies but nourishes souls, contributing to a healthier, greener planet.

We extend our deepest gratitude to you, our supporters, for being an integral part of this journey. Together, we're planting the seeds for a brighter, more sustainable future for all.


Best Regards, Dr. Nicole McCauley, Founder

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Horticultural Therapy 

Cultivating Wellness: Our Vision of a Greener, Healthier World

At the heart of our mission at the McCauley Foundation lies a commitment to pioneering sustainable solutions to the global challenges of food insecurities and deserts through the innovative use of vertical gardens. As we continue to nurture this vision, we draw inspiration from the profound intersections of human well-being and horticulture.

Recent insights from the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) highlight the remarkable benefits of integrating plant-based environments into our lives. The concept of horticultural therapy and therapeutic gardens, where the act of gardening serves not just as a pastime but as a potent therapeutic tool, resonates deeply with our foundation's goals.

A Bridge to Healing and Sustainability

Horticultural therapy, as defined by the AHTA, emphasizes the therapeutic engagement between a client and plant-related activities, aimed at achieving specific health outcomes. This approach is mirrored in our work, where we see every seed planted in our vertical gardens as a step towards both personal and ecological recovery.


Similarly, therapeutic gardens—spaces designed to support health through interaction with the plant world—illustrate the seamless integration of function and beauty, principles that guide our design of vertical gardens. These green spaces are not only about food production; they're about creating sanctuaries that foster community well-being and resilience.

Our Work in Action: Sowing Seeds of Change

Our projects across various communities worldwide are testament to the power of green spaces in revitalizing both land and spirit. By adopting the principles of therapeutic horticulture, we've witnessed firsthand the cognitive, psychological, social, and physical benefits that gardening can bring. Improved quality of life, increased self-esteem, stress reduction, and enhanced community integration are just a few of the transformative impacts noted by the AHTA, which echo in the lives of those we serve.


We're not just fighting food insecurity; we're cultivating environments that heal, unite, and empower. Each vertical garden we establish serves as a beacon of hope, demonstrating that sustainability and well-being go hand in hand.

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To provide access to a sustainable program using vertical gardens to address and potentially solve the global battle of food insecurities and food deserts worldwide.

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