Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »

US (IN): Greenhouse grower helps others with autism

Chris Tidmarsh has autism. He landed a great job as an environmental researcher after college, but then he lost the position.

"The office that I was working in, they expected to follow instructions verbally," he explains. "I'm more of a visual learner."

With the help of his mother, that led to the birth of Green Bridge Growers, a commercial greenhouse in South Bend that provides fresh vegetables and flowers to local restaurants and florists.

The two combined their strong suits. Chris brought his passion for the environment and science, and Jan, a long-time professor, took over the business part of Green Bridge.

"It was a leap of faith for me. I was working and teaching here locally at Saint Mary's College," Jan says. "As a mother and someone concerned with social justice, this just seemed the right thing to do."

Employing their first four full-time employees this month, Jan says they've grown by leaps and bounds from their humble beginnings in 2013.

"We now have two 2,000-square-foot greenhouses," Jan says.

And with land that extends beyond these greenhouses, this young entrepreneur and his mom plan to expand their field of dreams to help many more.

Read more at WNDU (Maureen McFadden)

Publication date: 1/17/2018



Other news in this sector:

2/19/2018 US (MS): Dixie grandmother grows hydroponic tomatoes
2/16/2018 "Presidentís budget proposal threatens food, farm, and nutrition programs"
2/16/2018 India: Blind man reaps success in tomato farming
2/16/2018 "I use the website to quickly find answers to practical questions"
2/16/2018 Imitation awareness: Patented Perlina aubergines
2/15/2018 Alberta growers brush up knowledge in Europe
2/15/2018 The comparison between the army and farming
2/15/2018 US (NY): Underground farm delivers rare herbs to chefs
2/15/2018 Baby leaf grower partners with nonprofit for cancer relief
2/14/2018 Start of the wild garlic season along the Danube
2/14/2018 "With data analysis we can make the next step"
2/14/2018 British students watch how Spanish tomatoes grow
2/13/2018 US (IN): Grower takes a page out of Toyota's book
2/13/2018 Dutch aubergine nursery goes straight to consumer
2/12/2018 British farmer partly moves fruit-growing to China
2/12/2018 US (WI): Disney inspires food cultivation at pub
2/12/2018 US (IA): Diversified farmer receives sustainable ag award
2/9/2018 Haisheng wins Tomato Inspiration Award 2018
2/9/2018 Cultivating in a shipping container
2/9/2018 CA (ON): Double Diamond Farms adds 62-acre hothouse facility