Pain Society Opens Community Garden

EUGENE, Ore. — Gardening doesn’t just have physical benefits, but mental benefits too.

That’s according to a local non-profit that works with patients who deal with chronic pain. So the Pain Society of Oregon started two plots at the Alton Baker Park Community Gardens in Eugene Sunday.

Some plants are on the ground for patients who are pretty mobile, and others are in raised plots for those that are less mobile.

Organizers said gardening is known to provide therapy for patients suffering from chronic pain. “It reduces stress, anxiety, it’s a way for them to be physically active and engaged and particularly with gardening in this chance they can give back to society,” said Jennifer Wagner, Executive Director of the Pain Society of Western Oregon.

All of the vegetables and fruits grown in the garden will be donated to Food for Lane County.

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