mENTORS AND pARTNERS
As we grow, we have actively sought to meet with and get advice from other leaders in the inclusive agriculture and employment world, as well as with local farmers. Their wisdom and experience with farming in the Virginia and Maryland area and working with a non-traditional workforce will help shape us as a farm and help us find our own unique organizational style.
If there is somebody out there that you think we should talk to (e.g., local farming experts, special needs families, other non-profits or farms doing something similar, potential donors and grant makers), please let us know!
Red Wiggler has been an invaluable resource for us, as we have worked from a vision for A Farm Less Ordinary, to a reality. They have shared their insight regarding growing our non-profit, how to break down tasks appropriately for workers with disabilities, and what we might expect to experience during our early years. We are grateful for their willingness to share.
We are working with this Loudoun County-based organization, which seeks to train adults with autism and other developmental challenges with the vocational skills needed to work on local farms...like ours! We look forward to many years of partnership with this neighbor.
Shawna and Attila are generously sharing their farming wisdom with us, showing us some crazy new vegetables to grow, and letting us see how a for-profit farm gets the job done. We are grateful for their kindness and generosity.