The Arc ECT’s Farm Stand and Aquaponics facility pairs an expanding indoor aquaponics system with a 20,000-square foot outdoor garden and roadside farm stand to sell produce to the community. The project provides year-round training opportunities, leading to competitive-wage retail, culinary and farming jobs. Participants learn how to cultivate and grow vegetables in both a traditional and aquaponic environment. They’re trained in soil analysis, companion planting, crop rotation, pest/disease control, organic fertilizers, harvesting methods, and specific crop characteristics. They also sell the produce at The Arc’s successful Farm Stand and make recipe recommendations to customers.

 

Grants from area foundations have allowed us to expand the growing capacity in our aquaponics facility, and we can now offer a variety of specialty greens and herbs to the public as well as local farm-to-table restaurants.

A partnership with the Town of Ledyard has allowed the Farm Stand to expand its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project, which offers families to purchase shares of produce and receive ½ bushel of fresh vegetables weekly during the growing season.  These expansions have provided additional opportunities for people with IDD to train and work in these fast-growing fields. The variety of agricultural projects helps participant employees gain a wide range of knowledge and skills, positioning them for many types of competitive farm, restaurant, and customer service positions. 

Come visit us in the spring!!

1671 Center Groton Rd., Ledyard, CT

Interested in purchasing a CSA share? 

 

Our 10-week season begins with 1st pickup July 19.

We’re offering one size this season:

1/2 bushel for $250

That’s just over $25/week!

Sign-up form here!

The Arc Quinebaug Valley and The Arc New London County merged in July 2019 to form The Arc Eastern Connecticut.  Both agencies were established in 1952 by parents of children with intellectual disabilities in order to ensure equal participation and choice in school, in the workplace, and in their communities. Combining program and staff strengths, The Arc Eastern Connecticut now serves the entire eastern CT region and is the largest chapter of The Arc in the state.

The Arc Eastern Connecticut

125 Sachem Street

Norwich, Connecticut 06360

T: 860.889.4435

F: 860.889.4662

E: info@thearcect.org

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