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Partnership Enables Training Initiatives for People with Special Needs


West Windsor, NJ:  A new partnership called Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) enables adults with disabilities served by Allies, Inc., a New Jersey nonprofit organization, to learn new skills for green jobs on land provided by Mercer County Community College (MCCC) at their campus in West Windsor, NJ.

According to Allies President and CEO Krystal Odell, the CSA project has been a major success in helping people with disabilities learn marketable skills. In addition to MCCC, the initiative also partners with the Council on Developmental Disabilities and the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The CSA program allows community members to become shareholders within a farm. In addition, Allies sells the produce, herbs and flowers at local farm markets to create diversified job opportunities.

Pictured at the site of two large gardens on the campus of MCCC are, from left, Allies President and CEO Krystal Odell, MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue, Allies Senior Director of Public Affairs Donald Tretola, and CSA participants Chris Andalcio, Jason Clark, Frances Pastore and John Burek.
Project participant John Burek shows off the garden.
Project participants are interviewed by WZBN TV during a reception on August 16.


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