The story of Roses for Autism is in its name. We grow and sell roses in an integrated community with individuals on the autism spectrum. We believe employees - like roses - blossom when given proper training and support and are recognized for their unique qualities and gifts. As such, we grow possibilities, together, every day.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are diagnosed in 1 in 88 children in the U.S., affecting 4 times as many boys as girls. Once these individuals reach adulthood, the unemployment rate is 25-50%, and the under-empoyment rate is even higher. Roses for Autism at the Pinchbeck Farm (RFA) hopes to change this by offering career training and hands-on employment opportunities for adults living with ASD.
RFA is the first initiative under Growing Possibilities, a non-profit organization founded by Ability Beyond Disability in 2009. Alongside the rose farm, RFA runs a Career Training Program for adults living with autism who are interested in focusing on their abilities in relation to finding meaningful work and living more independent lives. The vision of Growing Possibilities is for RFA to become a replicable working model for inclusive transitional employment for adults with autism living successful and meaningful lives.
Roses for Autism offers 16 varieties of fresh, full-blooming fragrant roses, 3 varieties of lilies, and colorful gerbera daisies to both retail and wholesale outlets. Locals can pull up to the farm 6 days a week and buy our regionally-renown Pinchbeck flowers for themselves or a loved one, and watch our operation in action. Other customers can order special occasion and everyday "thinking of you" gifts for next-day delivery anywhere in the U.S., or request floral arrangements to welcome attendees at meetings, conventions, dinners, and other special events.
We grow, cut, and package our flowers daily in the largest heated greenhouse in America, located on 38-acres of the historic and celebrated Pinchbeck Farm. The farm has been in operation since 1929 in Guilford, Connecticut, a New England town that was once home to more than 100 working farms. One of the town's very last agricultural hold-outs, the Pinchbeck Farm shut down briefly in 2008 when foreign competition overcame the family business. Tom Pinchbeck, fourth-generation owner, was delighted to reopen operations the following year as a new enterprise - Roses for Autism - the brainchild of family friend and parent advocate Jim Lyman.
Like roses, people (and businesses!) bud and bloom and sometimes wither and break and then bud again. That's the story of Roses for Autism at the Pinchbeck Farm. With your support, RFA can become a story that grows beyond possibilities into the fabric of America's workforce. Such an outcome would be a growth opportunity for all.
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