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Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 836

1. What is the status of therapeutic gardening, or horticultural therapy, in America today? How many such gardens, if any, does your state include? What is their history, their size, arid their enrollment? When and how was the first therapeutic garden started in the United States? What services does it give today?

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2. How does one become a horticultural therapist? What schools give degrees in this field? What subjects do their degree programs include? How many students do these programs presently enroll? Where or how are their recent graduates employed?

3. What is the history of the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA)? What services does this organization provide?

4. Does your school have a garden? If so, how does it operate and who cares for it?

5. The gardeners in Seedfolks seemed to succeed in growing plants without the use of chemicals. This is known as "organic gardening." What challenges must the organic gardeners meet? What are the advantages and disadvantages of organically grown produce?

6. What demographic changes has your city, suburb, or community seen in the past five or ten years? What social changes has your community's demographic changes caused?

7. Are demographic changes the only causes, or the true causes, of social conflict?

8. What subjects do people in the United States need to learn in order to live constructively despite their diversity?

9. What lesson does Thomas Paine give in Common Sense about how human "society" and "government" relate? What support does one find for that idea in Seedfolks? What support for that idea have you experienced or observed?

10. Does the social life of your school or neighborhood make everyone there seem useful and welcome? If any individuals or groups there are systematically treated as outsiders, what might be done to change that? What might you yourself do to improve it? What might the excluded people do to relieve their isolation?

11. What are the chief advantages and disadvantages of city life? How might city dwellers and suburbanites or rural dwellers exchange advantages?

12. The characters in Seedfolks discuss their gardening in rich analogies. If you have not done so already, start a small gardening project in your yard, neighborhood, or school and describe its activity in metaphors and similes. Then develop these figures of speech into poems and add your poems about this to others', making an album that you might publish for each contributor arid his family and friends to read. Illustrate your album with photographs.

13. What is the usefulness of a high school diploma? How can teens who drop out of middle school or high school obtain a G.E.D.? How many diplomas of this type have local programs awarded to teens within the past five years? What percentage of the teenage recipients dropped out of regular school programs because of pregnancy or unwed parenthood? How long after dropping out did it take the average teen parent, male or female, to pass the G.E.D. test and receive that diploma? What were some of the causes for the delays? How many of the students who dropped out of school within the past three years have yet to earn a diploma? Where are they now? How are they employed? What educational help does the community offer...

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