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A New Leaf’s mission is to provide individuals with developmental disabilities with life skills, marketable job training through horticultural therapy, community-based vocational placement, and residential services to increase their independence and individual choices.
A New Leaf, Inc. opened for business in May 1979, with the purpose of providing horticultural-related job training to adults with developmental disabilities. The horticultural therapy program offers clients a well-rounded environment to learn marketable job skills and become a productive member of society. Clients work in our six greenhouses, two public retail garden centers, and community vocational sales training program (wholesale routes).
New Leaf is a garden center just like any other garden center. The only difference is that 95% of our products are grown and made by individuals with developmental disabilities. Throughout the year, our clients work planting and cultivating thousands of bedding plants (annuals and perennials), hanging baskets, vegetables, herbs, house plants, and poinsettias. Plants are sold to the general public and wholesale customers.
Blooming Acres, A New Leaf’s new Community Supported Agriculture program, is a thriving 3 acre farm operated by the individuals we serve. Adults with developmental disabilities will be involved in all processes of farming - from planting seeds to cultivating the crops to harvesting the produce to delivering the product to consumers.