Columbia's Giving Garden's Business is Booming

6 years 1 month 1 week ago Thursday, April 12 2012 Apr 12, 2012 Thursday, April 12, 2012 1:13:00 PM CDT April 12, 2012 in News
By: Brian Bondus
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COLUMBIA -  Business is booming this spring at a plant sales site to benefit disabled employees.  March sales were up 2000 percent compared to last year, mostly due to weather.  

The service is good as well.

"The helpers are so helpful. They do a good job." Said customer Carolyn Swope.

The Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises Giving Garden serves as the retail outlet for a sheltered workshop that employs more than 120 people with disabilities.  Most employees work inside the warehouse, but some get to work outside in the garden on a rotating basis.

"Working in the greenhouse where it is quieter and a different kind of pace, is so therapeutic to folks with autism. You just see the difference in night and day with some of those folks." Said Giving Garden Director Bruce Young.

Earnest Zornes works at the workshop and really enjoys watering plants in the garden.  He says working outside is indescribable.

"I don't think there is one word that would sum it up. It's warm and its fun," said Zornes.

The garden has a variety of vegetables, dahlias, marigolds, and more. 

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