Gardening--Therapeutic use; Community gardens; Educational Web sites
The purpose of this project was to provide an educational website where members of the Proctor Community Garden Program (PCGP) could learn about the physical benefits of gardening, proper body mechanics principles, and adaptive tools to use in gardening with the goal of preventing bodily injury. A website was used in one of two parts of an in-service; the first part consisted of educating PCGP members about the physical benefits of gardening, proper body mechanics principles, and adaptive gardening tools. During the second part of the in-service the PCGP members physically practiced what was learned in the first part of the in-service at the University of Puget Sound Garden. Prior to the in-service, a pretest was given, and a posttest was given afterwards. The pre/post test scores overall revealed no significant differences, however, some posttest scores were greater than pretest scores in the areas of proper body mechanics and adaptive gardening tools. This may suggest that the educational website used in the in-service increased their knowledge in those areas.
George S. Tomlin, PhD., OTR/L
Lucretia A. Berg, MSOT, OTR/L
Date of Completion
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Date of Award
University of Puget Sound