Legacy Farmers Giving Back is a unique philanthropic initiative to plant, grow, harvest and deliver high-quality produce to local food banks using skills gained while enrolled in Legacy Farm’s Vocational Training Program.
Legacy Farms is committed to helping individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities explore opportunities that advance their employment, education, life skills, health and well-being.
It is estimated that over the next 8 years 500,000 adults with ASD will have an opportunity to join the workforce. Today, roughly 20 percent work full-time at either a current or a most-recent job, and their average pay is just $8.10 an hour. In total, the combined unemployment and underemployment for young adults with autism is estimated at 90 percent nationwide. Our hope is to lessen those numbers locally and inspire our participants to do a little good along the way.
Our Vocational Training Program (VTP) is designed to help ease the transition from school into the workforce, by providing hands-on learning opportunities in a farm setting.
Our Day Support programs are also agrarian based and offer those participating a variety of options such as: Garden and Art Therapy, Life Skills, Introduction to Self-Employment and Health and Well-being. Both Day Farmers and VTP participants help in the garden and greenhouse aware that most of the food they grow will go to feed low-income families.