The movement of society away from farming and agrarian practices has caused much of our society to become disconnected from such basic practices that sustain our lives. Many within the United States have been found to be agriculturally illiterate. This study was aimed at reviewing literature that discusses this disconnection, the effects of natural settings on human health and wellbeing, selected agriculture based therapies, and current programs that combine multiple aspects of agriculture into one program. The second part of this study was a survey that assessed the level of interests and support that residents of Shelbyville, Kentucky may have for implementation of an agriculture based therapy program in their community. Findings from this study are that current literature reveals positive effects of natural settings and agriculture based therapies on human health and wellbeing. This study also found that residents of Shelbyville may be interested in and supportive of a holistic agriculture based therapy program being implemented in their community.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 2015


Kathy Splinter-Watkins

Mentor Department Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Department Name when Degree Awarded

Occupational Therapy

IRB Approval Number (if applicable)