Endeavors Milltown Greenhouse: How it all began… our idea of the perfect work place
In January of 2011 Endeavors Adult Development Center made numerous changes including the construction of the Greenhouse and Garden Gift Shop. Along with that we are able to provide work programs for adults with disabilities year-round. Our work force has been able to develop job skills, as well as green thumbs, through greenhouse employment.
The work includes:
- planting seeds and plugs
- up-potting annual bedding plants to 4 packs and larger pots
- deadheading plants
- daily care for the plants
- daily pruning and harvesting hydroponic tomatoes
In 2013, we started a new program at the greenhouse; we now grow all-natural (hydroponic) tomatoes. We are offering the fresh grown tomatoes for sale in the Garden Gift Shop. We recently began to wholesale our tomatoes to local schools, for their lunch programs, as well as some local natural food stores and restaurants.
Since 2014, the Greenhouse & Garden Gift Shop has been a vendor at the local Farmer’s Markets. Please call for information as to when the Farmer’s Markets are open. At the Farmer’s Markets, as well as the Greenhouse, we are able to accept FMNP (Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program) checks as well as SFMN (Senior Farmer’s Markets Nutrition) checks for the purchase of fresh tomatoes.
The gift shop is a Retail Outlet for the Birder’s Select bird seed. We also offer many consignment items created by local artists and entrepreneurial small business owners. We want to continue to expand the retail gift ideas to create a one stop shopping experience.
The overall plan for the greenhouse work program is to provide our employees with the skills that are needed to work in their local communities; as well as lifelong skills that they can use in their everyday living.
Another goal for the greenhouse is to become self-sufficient in order to continue to provide jobs for our employees. We appreciate the continued community support in helping us to achieve that goal.
We have established partnerships for groups and individuals to obtain community service by volunteering in the greenhouse operation such as local master gardeners, churches and area youth through the Community Involvement programs at the area schools.
Growing is Our Mission