Our History - Roses for Autism
The story of Roses for Autism is in its name. We grow and sell roses in a dynamic business that employs individuals living with Autism and provides career training and mentoring to transition age students. We believe that all people - like roses - blossom when given proper support and nurturing 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 68 children in the U.S., affecting 4 times as many boys as girls. Once these individuals reach adulthood, the unemployment and underemployment rate is 88%.
Roses for Autism at the Pinchbeck Farm (RFA), in partnership with its parent company Ability Beyond, hopes to change this dismal statistic by offering career training and hands-on employment opportunities for adults living with ASD and transition age students. Learn more about our Transition and Career Training services.
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 renowned 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 - in conjunction with Ability Beyond.
Like roses, people (and businesses!) bud and bloom and sometimes wither and break