She manages a 400-acre therapeutic farm, yet Tracy’s biggest challenge is within.
Tracy Parow is the executive director of Providence Farm, a therapeutic farm community for people living with diverse mental abilities, age-related illnesses, brain injuries and developmental challenges. Through her work, Tracy has become acutely aware of how diverse mental health diagnoses can be, but nothing could prepare her for experiencing one first-hand. In 2018, Tracy experienced a violent and traumatic incident that left her with acute Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Now, with the help of a diverse care team, Tracy must cope with her own PTSD while preparing Providence Farm for a second wave of COVID-19 with half the usual staff. Every day is a new struggle, but the community is resilient, and hope grows right alongside the garlic, squash and apples.
The main thread of the documentary will follow Tracy's story in her own words, as she confronts her recent trauma, the long road to recovery, her profound impact on Providence Farm and vice-versa.
The dozens of volunteers at Providence are the backbone of the farm. From agriculture mentorship to facilities maintenance to administrative tasks, the volunteers of Providence are as much a part of the community as the staff and participants. Their dedication is inspired by the tranquility and authenticity of Providence Farm, and the unique personalities who work and play there.
The dedicated staff who work with Tracy have indelible insights and captivating stories that reflect on her work and her personal journey, as well as the stories of Providence participants, and the challenges that the community faces in light of COVID-19.
Participants in Providence Farm programs partake in everything from planting and harvesting in the gardens to cooking and creating in the kitchen. Many of them have been part of the Providence scene for many years, and know Tracy and her team as well as they know each other. They, too, are unsung heroes in the story of this unique therapeutic community.
Tracy's care team comprises of several medical specialists, focused on providing occupational therapy and improving opportunities for recovery at her work and beyond. They play a key role in her recovery story, and have valuable perspectives on the nature of work in the field of mental health.