Horticulture trainees at home on The Farm

Over the past year, Second Nature Organics in Narangba, affectionately known as “The Farm,” have welcomed a number of valuable team members, all of whom have a disability.

Director of the Farm, Len Costantini, coupled with his family and staff, have embraced the opportunity to help raise expectations of people living with disability.

“We are passionate about affording people with disabilities the same opportunities in the workplace, helping them build their confidence and regain their independence,” said Len.

Since partnering with EPIC Assist (EPIC) in 2016, The Farm has supported several EPIC trainees to work towards gaining their Horticulture Certificates. These trainees have varying disabilities including Asperger’s, Autism, Deafness, Intellectual Disability and Mental Illness.

As a family owned business, The Farm has welcomed the trainees with open arms and have provided a safe and understanding environment for the trainees to complete their formal qualification.

Len contributes much of this success to the assistance they have received from EPIC.

“EPIC have been a great support to the trainees and myself. From the very start EPIC have provided support workers to work alongside the trainees each week.”

“One of our employee’s, Shannon is deaf and uses Auslan sign language as his first language. So Angie from EPIC attends The Farm on a regular basis to provide communication support by way of interpreting services.”

The Farm and EPIC have developed a close working relationship and are looking forward to 2018 and the ongoing opportunities they will be able to offer people with disability who have an interest in horticulture and small crop farming.

“This year we have benefited from a truly diverse team and can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.”