“In 2015 SunGarden became a business where it created job opportunities for those who are members of the Southwest Opportunity Center. For four years they grew many types of crops providing to the local area. In August of 2019, I took over the SunGarden name and merged it with my own business, “Martins’ Microgreens LLC.” With the change of hands, the mission of the business is still going strong. Even though SunGarden Greenhouse is separate from Southwest Opportunities Center, Inc. (SOC), I still provide work for their members dealing with all the aspects of growing crops.
I was inspired to start working in the greenhouse business when I attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. I attended college to study Soil and Crop Science and graduated with that degree taking many classes on soils, crops, business, and horticulture. I also worked at the university greenhouse for three years learning all about growing crops hydroponically. I was able to take this experience and knowledge with me to further my career in the greenhouse industry. ”
SunGarden Greenhouse’s mission is to create consistent training and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the greenhouse. The greenhouse will use sustainable, ethical practices to grow high quality, local, and flavorful produce using biological pest controls that are safe for both the plants and the caretakers.
Meet the Team
Every client will have access to SunGarden and the SunGarden market. Work opportunities will include retail sales assistance, produce packaging, sorting and labeling, plant maintenance and facilities upkeep. An individual’s abilities and interests will guide the work activities they do in the greenhouse. Day Services and Senior Programming will have access to the facilities for community events and enrichment.