Project Grow — Allies Farm Program

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Project Grow, located on the West Windsor campus of Mercer County Community College, is an innovative farming initiative developed by Allies in 2010 that continues to thrive today.

It’s a program designed to provide individuals with disabilities an opportunity to receive vocational training, horticultural therapy and nutritional education in a healthy and productive environment.

Project Grow emphasizes creating positive relationships, learning generalized employment skills, and gaining a greater sense of self-reliance while experiencing job training in the farming industry..

The program participants learn how to manage a fully operational farm starting with preparing the soil to harvesting and distributing the crops and because no chemicals are used, since the inception of the program, it is also eligible for organic designation.

Each year, a bountiful harvest of vegetables, herbs and flowers are produced which are then made available for sale in local communities or donated for use in homes supported by Allies.  Proceeds from sales go back into the program to help purchase supplies for the next season.

“I have never worked at a garden farm before and I like coming here.  I like getting fresh air, learning about growing vegetables and it’s peaceful.” says Kenny Hauser, program participant.

Each year, volunteers are needed to help prepare the land for the upcoming season so a perfect opportunity for groups to get involved during Spring.

Many volunteers come from the corporate and private sectors along with donations from local individuals and wholesale nurseries.  To see some of the volunteers, click here…Our Volunteers.

Project Grow is made possible through strong community partnerships between Allies, Mercer County Community College’s DREAMS Program, The Arc Mercer, Verve Restaurant in Somerville, NJ and The Somerville Farmer’s Market.

For more information about Project Grow, please email Beth Carey or call her at 609.689-0136 x147.