CAN (ON): Partnership to teach neurodivergent adults how to grow microgreens

A not-for-profit organization and a social enterprise are teaming up to teach people with disabilities how to grow food from the comfort of their homes. 

The Orangeville Horticultural Society is partnering with Branching Out Support Services, which provides programming to adults who are neurodiverse, to set up an indoor grow table with microgreens. The grow table will be set up in the window sill of Branching Out, located at 5 First St., and the program participants will learn how to look after the microgreens. 

Microgreens are seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs for visual, texture and flavour enhancement. They are typically sold for around $25 to $50 per pound, so the program helps to teach gardening and how to make money. 

“Our participants will be learning how to do a microgreen process from start to finish to be able to harvest food, sell microgreens, and make money, as a interdependent living skill,” explained Kimberly Van Ryn, founder of Branching Out Support Services. The microgreens project is seen as a building block on the work that Branching Out’s participants were already involved in, said Sara Clarke, executive director of the organization.


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