The farm program at GreenHouse17 (Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program) is available for any of the women who are currently residing at the shelter. The program is open for all to join and welcomes all who wish to participate. The farm program attempts to bring therapeutic healing to the women by giving them the opportunity to work in the garden, plant new life, harvest the reward of their work, and then eat healthy fruits and vegetables that they helped to produce (J. Ballard, personal communication, September 17, 2013).
The farm program also has a stipend program to help the women who work on the farm. The stipend program allows the women to work nine hours a week on the farm and then complete one hour of reflection through journaling or photography; in turn the women receive forty dollars a week. One of the women was able to use this money to help buy gas in order to go to job interviews, which was the perfect avenue to help turn her life around. She falls into one group of women who use the stipend program to intentionally better her life, others participate for the extra cash to purchase personal items, and others participate to give themselves something to do or because they already love to garden (J. Ballard, personal communication, September 23, 2013).
Every year they have experimented with new ideas and they continue to expand. They are currently planning to renovate an old apartment on the back of their property and convert it into a commercial kitchen where they can have classes and teach job skills, and to also have a space to prepare and create value added products to sell (J. Ballard, September 17, 2013).