Closed Rose Farm Reincarnated As Adults With Autism Vocational Therapy Farm!!

by Terry on June 11, 2012 · 3 comments

in Feel Good Videos, People Feel Good Stories

Everyone… Meet Tom Pinchbeck… a man who had to do the unthinkable and shut down the rose farm that his grandfather had started.

He could no longer compete on price once the economy started sagging and he encountered fierce competition from South American businesses.

Shortly afterward, a college friend of Pinchbeck’s, Jim Lyman, approached him with an interesting proposition. Lyman was looking for a way to address the very real problem that many young adults with autism, including his own son, Eli, face: How to transition successfully into adulthood as they grow beyond the cutoff age of built-in state benefits and supports (as approximately 88% of adults with Autism are unemployed) working with the group Ability Beyond Disability.

“Lyman approached me with the idea of using the greenhouses as a background for vocational therapy for people on the autism spectrum,” Pinchbeck says. “I was still reeling from having to close the place down, and it seemed like an interesting way of putting together a really unique program from the ashes of Pinchbeck’s Farm.”

With the help of a few charitable grants, Roses for Autism is doing just that — helping young adults with autism fit in, find their strengths and improve their lives.

Pinchbeck’s alliance with Ability Beyond Disability has saved the family farm — turning it into a nonprofit business that produces almost a million flowers per year.

It’s a solution as unique as the workers who helped save the Pinchbeck family legacy, all the while finding their own place to shine.

You can check out the History of the farm here:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=pXXN6Ao8P-Y%3Fversion%3D3%26feature%3Dplayer_detailpage-A%26w%3D480%26h%3D385

For more on Roses for Autism, go to www.rosesforautism.com.

You PEOPLE SO FREAKING ROCK in the Feel Good Depot Kind of Way!!

I am so glad to see your family farm come back and be a blessing and an opportunity for so many!!!

Please everyone, visit their site and help in any small way you might be able too.

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