In January 2011, job crews, supervised by our job coaches, began planting seeds for over 1,200 hanging flower baskets and 400 patio flower pots as well as performing other work for the 2011 season. This is a year around work program for adults with disabilities to obtain job skills and employment in the greenhouse as well as the Garden Gift Shop.
This work will include:
- planting seeds and plugs
- up-potting annual bedding plants to 4 packs and larger pots
- deadheading plants
- daily care for the plants
- daily pruning and harvesting hydroponic vegetables
In 2013, we started a new program at the Greenhouse, we now grow all-natural vegetables (hydroponics) such as tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower and a variety of herbs. We are offering the fresh grown vegetables for sale in the Garden Gift Shop. We recently began to wholesale our vegetables to Unity School as well as the Natural Alternative store in Luck, WI.
Since 2014, the Greenhouse & Garden Gift Shop has been a vendor at the local Farmer’s Markets in Balsam Lake, St. Croix Falls and Frederic. Please call for information as to when the Farmer’s Markets are open. At the Farmer’s Markets, as well as the Greenhouse, we are able to accept WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Checks as well as SFMN (Senior Farmer’s Markets Nutrition) Checks for the purchase of fresh vegetables.
The Greenhouse & Garden Gift Shop is a Retail Outlet for the Birder’s Select bird seed. The overall plan for the greenhouse work program is to develop most of our revenues from selling Birders’ Select products in the Garden Gift Shop.
We have established partnerships for groups and individuals to obtain community service by volunteering in our new greenhouse operation: local master gardeners, churches, youth in FFA and 4H.
Visit our ENDEAVORS GREENHOUSE website.