Cultivation Works, the CWS agricultural social enterprise program, has received a $15,000 grant from the Healthy People Healthy Places program of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation to expand its growing capacity and other garden facilities. Cultivation Works provides an array of agricultural opportunities for people with disabilities. Its newest product are microgreens, called Teenie Greenies, which are being sold to high end restaurants throughout Portland, Cape Elizabeth and Kennebunkport.
“We are thrilled to receive this very generous grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation,” said Heidi Howard, Executive Director of Creative Work Systems in Portland.
“Cultivation Works is a wonderful program that teaches our participants not only the importance of tending a garden and caring for the environment, but also provides them with invaluable work skills, self-confidence and opportunities to earn income through the production and sales of fine, local agricultural produce. This grant will be instrumental in allowing us to increase our growing capacity and create new economic opportunities both for the program and our participants.”
The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation supports work in Maine to improve the well-being of people, animals and the environment while fostering relationships that strive for social equity and community resilience. The Foundation, with headquarters in Freeport, awards nearly $10 million annually.
Located in Saco, the Cultivation Works farm employs people from throughout the Greater Portland area and acts as a hub in the local community to promote local, sustainable farming. Farmers are both empowered and trained to plant, harvest and sell produce while learning responsible farming, healthy eating habits and contributing as vital members of the community.