It is March, and staff and clients here at Red Oak Recovery are busy preparing for the growing
season ahead. Garden chores, mending the chicken coops, and clearing out debris that has accumulated in the orchard will keep us outside enjoying the sun’s warmth and breathing in the fresh North Carolina air.
Cultivating New Growth
Growing and preparing our own nutritious food is an integral part of the recovery experience here at Red Oak. As temperatures rise and the ground thaws, our list of daily chores gets longer. This is a time to go through our early spring checklist:
- Infuse the garden beds and orchard berries with compost to add nutrients to the soil.
- Clear away broken branches and debris in the orchard, and while plants are still dormant, take care of any last-minute pruning.
- Tend to garden paths, beds, and plants that may have suffered from winter’s wrath.
- Start seeds for early spring crops in the greenhouse.
- Clean and mend the chicken pens in preparation for a new brood of chicks.
- Inspect and awaken the beehives.
Soon, spring will be in full bloom, and our preparation will reward us with a new crop of healthy fruits and vegetables, wholesome fresh eggs, and delicious honey for our table.
Opportunities for Renewed Life
Here at Red Oak Recovery, the advent of spring reminds us that renewal is a part of nature. The trials of a long winter give way to a fresh start each spring. For those who have entered our recovery program, a fresh start is possible, too. Yes, there are cultivating chores that must be done, but the reward is a life with purpose and self-empowerment. If you are a young adult in the grip of addiction to drugs or alcohol, dial 866.831.9107. The beginning of a new, sober life is waiting for you here at Red Oak Recovery. Join our family!