A Gift of Independence

Cultivating Confidence, Encouraging Independence 

Every week Vanessa, Sandy, Shawn, David, Anthony, and Jose work in the community garden, cultivating the soil, planting and tending their fruits and vegetables, and then harvesting the produce to be sold at the Linda Vista Farmers Market.  As participants in the Towards Maximum Independence (TMI) , a program for adults with intellectual disabilities, they not only receive the health benefits of enjoying their own organic produce, they also receive vital job coaching and training for workplace success. But the ultimate benefit is the confidence and sense of accomplishment they earn by following their seeds from the garden to the market.