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Mission Statement

The mission of Out From Under Social Enterprises (OFUSE) is to provide an opportunity for the disabled and the disadvantaged to gain work experience and transferrable skills by growing and selling produce through a network of farmer's markets andupscale restaurants. We will provide our customers with excellent service and provide affordable and healthy fruits and vegetables in our low-income communities. We will train program participants to grow a diversity of crops using organic methods certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program rules.

Description

Out From Under Social Enterprises (OFUSE) is a tax-exempt nonprofit organic farming organization which seeks to serve New Haven County, the State of Connecticut and beyond. OFUSE recognizes the ever-widening income gap between disabled and socially disadvantaged people and those who are gainfully employed. The cause of this income gap stems from stigmatization of those with disabilities which results in an inaccessibility of jobs for disabled and socially disadvantaged people. OFUSE seeks to assist in closing this income gap.

Life is filled with many daily challenges for the disabled and socially disadvantaged members of our community. This venture is being planned and implemented to provide employment, training and healthy life-style opportunities to growing mentally, emotionally and spiritually while they work to improve their community.

The goals of our pilot project aim to address several needs of the communities we serve. These include creating employment opportunities for the disadvantaged and disabled members of our community, reducing hunger and improving nutrition for those with low income and save Connecticut farmland. We will accomplish this by providing affordable and healthy fruits and vegetables available to our residents.

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http://www.ofuse.org

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