TableTop Farmers offer restaurants, grocery stores and families fresh greens, locally grown, all year-round.
In the spring of 2016 NorthPointe launched Tabletop Farms, a hydroponic project with goals of introducing people with I/DD to hydro farming as a means to educate and feed people.
Since its inception 25 individuals have participated in the learning project. Participants gained skills and knowledge of teamwork, innovative farming techniques, farm to table benefits, as well as experienced selling produce at local farmers markets. Participants expressed their enjoyment of growing and being recognized as a community farmer. In total the project produced over 1,500 heads of greens i.e. a variety of lettuces, arugula, and herbs.
One of the original TableTop farming participants, Ja’Don has always possessed something of a green thumb. Eager to continue learning after growing sunflowers in NorthPointe’s outdoor garden, Ja’Don transitioned into the TableTop Farmer last year and says he’s “learned a lot and it’s been a lot of fun.” Ja’Don enjoys the ritual of daily plant care, meticulously following each step to ensure the healthy growth of his greens.