Our Vision

At Planting Possibilities it is our goal to build a greenhouse, gift and garden shop, botanical gardens with event space, and, ultimately, adjacent supported living accommodations for trainees with autism and other developmental disabilities in need in Northwest Indiana. We plan to accomplish our goal in a series of 7 phases.

Our Growth Plan: 7 Phases to Realize Our Vision

Phase 1: Provide Job Skills Training Opportunities

Recruit existing employers to provide job skills training, employment or meaningful volunteer opportunities to adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Phase 2: Acquire Land

Acquire approximately 10 acres in an appropriate location. Continue to support our trainees at the recruited employers.

Phase 3: Build Hoophouses and a Greenhouse, Hire Professional Staff

Build several hoophouses and a greenhouse, and hire professional staff to begin operations. Transition adults with autism and other developmental disabilities into paid and volunteer positions.

Phase 4: Build the Commercial Sales Building

Build the commercial sales building, and move the sales area from the greenhouse into the sales building. The sales building will provide for added merchandise space, including items that are made by the greenhouse trainees. The sales building can also accommodate gardening workshops and other activities to draw public support.

Phase 5: Plant the Botanical Garden

Launch a multi-year project to plant the botanical garden, to be planted and maintained entirely by Planting Possibilities trainees. This garden will function as a living testament to their abilities.

Phase 6: Add-on the Conservatory/Small Event Facility

Add on the small event facility, with commercial kitchen in the sales building, in the style of a conservatory. Surrounded by the botanical garden, the conservatory/small event facility will provide a beautiful garden setting for small gatherings such as business luncheons/dinners, baby/bridal showers, community group meetings, and birthday/anniversary/holiday parties. Events will be hosted by a professional staff and trainees, providing additional types of job training opportunities.

Phase 7: Build Apartment Buildings

Build apartment buildings on the premises. Since many adults with autism and other developmental disabilities do not drive, onsite living quarters will open Planting Possibilities to a broader population. Any necessary supported living staff will be provided by local service providers.