Lettuce Dream, Inc. Announces Land Donation to Provide Employment for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Maryville, Missouri (February 6, 2015) – Community residents have donated more than three acres of land to Lettuce Dream, Inc. to start the construction for two hydroponic greenhouses that will provide fresh, locally grown produce for the region and jobs for individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities.
The board of directors for Lettuce Dream, Inc. is diligently working to raise capital to build the facility that will consist of several greenhouses, office and administration space, production and distribution areas, and most importantly, room to house an education and training site for the individuals who will work for the organization. As soon as the committee has raised the funds to complete the first leg of the project, building the greenhouses, construction will begin. The board hopes for a groundbreaking in April.
“The board is delighted and so very grateful for this generous donation,” said Diane Francis, president of the board of directors for Lettuce Dream. “This location could not be better for our greenhouse project.”
The project is a regional effort which will benefit all of northwest Missouri. The mission revolves around providing training and career opportunities for individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities, and additionally, improving the health and wellness of the community by providing area restaurants, grocers, schools and families with deli
cious, nutritious, locally-grown greens.
The facility will provide opportunities for the organization’s employees to develop farming techniques, production, distribution and businesses skills which will become stepping stones to their employment futures. The organization will teach employees in the areas of science, technology, agriculture, nutrition and psychology. The hydroponic greenhouses will also create another opportunity for volunteerism in the community.
“We sincerely hope the entire c
ommunity will join us in making this happen,” Francis said.
The acreage has been donated by Mark and Myles Burnsides and is located in the Maryville Eastside Development LLC, near the intersection of East First Street and the Highway 71/136 bypass.
For more information about the project or to donate to the cause, please contact Diane at (660) 562-0249 or Wayne Pierson at (660) 562-9810.