Pinchbeck Farms: Roses for Autism

GUILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The sweet smell of success. Hard-working employees prune, trim dead leaves, and cut beautiful roses at Pinchbeck Farms.

Pinchbeck Farm started in the early 1930’s. They specialized in Roses and also Lilly’s. They were a wholesale grower, but as the economy changed, they just couldn’t compete with foreign competition, and they ended up shutting down in 2009.

Tom Pinchbeck had a friend from college who had a son on the autism spectrum and his friend was wondering, what’s going to be the future for my son? where is he going to work?

The parent company of Roses for Autism ability and Beyond got involved in a conversation and they decided to reopen this place as Roses For Autism to give work opportunities to individuals with autism.

Michell Ouimette is the directing manager of Roses for Autism.

“We have several individuals who have jobs, that we’ve helped them get jobs and then on their days off, they like to come here,” she said.

“I love nature and everything. I just love all this beauty,” said Joshua Tourangeau, who says his passion is customer service.

“I see a smile and I smile. I love working here. It’s great.”

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