A greenhouse in Northwest Missouri is giving individuals with disabilities an opportunity to strengthen their life skills by growing lettuce.
Lettuce Dream, a nonprofit founded in 2016, provides employment and job-training resources to people with cognitive or developmental disabilities. Through interns and volunteers, the organization produces hydroponically -grown lettuce.
“There are a lot of different facets to running a farm and a greenhouse like this,” said Charlie Clodfelter, executive director of Lettuce Dream. “There’s food sanitation, which is a transferable skill to employment, there’s invoicing that has to be done, customer service, phone calls, all sorts of different things that take place within the daily operations that can relate to transferable skills out in the community for competitive employment.”
For the dozens of interns working with Lettuce Dream, it’s an opportunity they might not normally have.
“They’ll help you find a job and help you get prepared for real-life stuff and real-life scenarios, what you expect at a job and how do to an application or resume,” said 17-year-old Kayden Sybert. “It’s just great here.”