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Our History

Growing Opportunities was a response by South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP) to address the disparate employment statistics for people with disabilities within our community, and other low-income people.

The program seeks to be self-sustaining to develop and grow the project. Most SCCAP programs require ongoing funding, but through the sale of produce we aim to help the program pay for itself. The sale of produce in our community will also help increase the availability of fresh, local food.

SCCAP hired our first staff, Nikki Wooten, specific for the project in 2013. Growing Opportunities' program model was inspired by the program Arthur and Friends, a farming and social services project in New Jersey. In 2015, Growing Opportunities staff received training from Arthur and Friends director Wendie Blanchard, and the inaugural Growing Opportunities Job Training Class began with eight clients.

For more information about our history, see our newsletter archive, which contains lots of photos and stories as we build this program.