DANI GREENHOUSE

This is a world-first-innovative employment program and social enterprise, where individuals with cognitive challenges - such as persons with autism - will be trained, employed and share in the profits of the microgreens greenhouse business within a co-op setting.

DANI’s vocational training and job coaches prepare DANI participants for long-term employment, financial literacy and independence related to greenhouse growing, management, sales, and packaging. As such, through this program, DANI plans to train and employ 10 individuals with disabilities per year.

 

ABOUT THE GREENHOUSE INITIATIVE

The construction of the greenhouse was originally funded by The Trillium Foundation in 2013 for use in the DANI program. In order to help commercialize the greenhouse, DANI sought out the assistance of the Toronto Enterprise Fund (TEF). TEF is a collaboration between United Way and Alterna Savings that supports social enterprises (such as DANI) by providing start-up/seed funding for their project. DANI was successful in their application to the TEF fund.

In partnership with Ripple Farms, DANI is launching the Better Quality of Life brand of locally-grown, hydroponic microgreens – all grow in the DANI greenhouse. As a winner of the City of Vaughan’s Social Innovation Challenge, delivered by the Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre, Ripple Farms received a Provincial Starter Company Plus grant which they invested in technology for their greenhouse project with DANI.

 

 

WHAT ARE MICROGREENS?

Microgreens are the earliest stage of plant growth - They are packed with nutrients and flavour! They can be used to enhance the taste of a dish, or as garnish

 

ARE THEY ORGANIC OR KOSHER?

Our microgreens are grown using Organic, non-GMO seeds, without the use of pesticides, and are COR certified

 

 

OUR IMPACT

A collaborative partnership between Ripple Farms and DANI to grow Local Salad Greens using sustainable methods.

This new venture provides job training and paid employment opportunities for DANI's Participants.

CONTACT

Tammy Greenwald: 905-889-3264