For the past 6 weeks, through a work program partnership with Easter Seals Midwest and the NKC School District, four young adults with autism have been sweating alongside of us, learning various aspects of what we do here, gaining experience and skills to prepare them for entering the work force once they graduate. They’ve helped us spread mulch, pull weeds, dead head plants, paint, haul soil, clean produce, take care of the chickens, and much more!
Their last day with us was this past Thursday. We had a farewell lunch for them and their families and sourced everything locally from our friends at the Gladstone Farmers Market. Hamburgers made from Bartholomew Beef, buns from Great Harvest Bread Co, homemade pickles (thanks Shelly!), and veggies from our own gardens. Special thanks go out to our friend Liz from Lend a Farmhand who prepared it all. Dessert was cookies and cupcakes from Aunt Mary’s Cookies!
Before leaving, there was one last task. City Union Mission’s City Camp dropped by for a field trip. The kids got to share what it had been like working there, and stuck around to help with the tour and activities.
It was an incredible day and one we will remember forever!