Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What programs do you currently offer?
Answer: Currently, CLCC offers a robust Greenhouse Vocational Program where adults with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), can volunteer to learn valuable skills that can translate to job opportunities in their community. We also offer Arts in the Afternoon and a number of social/recreational activities throughout the year.
Q: Where are you located?
A: Our greenhouse is located at 24 Hyde Ave. in Vernon, CT on the Tolland County Agricultural Center (TAC) grounds. This is where most of our programs take place currently. We also have 10 acres of land in Coventry on Rt. 44 which is the future home of our community. This is located at 2645 Boston Turnpike in Coventry.
Q: When will your living community be built?
A: We have cleared the Town of Coventry Zoning Board and are cleared to begin construction. Currently, we are seeking capital gifts and securing numerous investments to begin significant site work and building.
Q: Who can live on your community?
A: There will be a percentage of rental units available only to those with autism or IDD, and the rest of the units are available at market rate to those looking for a wonderful shared community on a farm setting.
Q: Can I come visit your greenhouse? I would like my son/daughter to participate in one of your programs.
A: Absolutely! We just ask that you set up an appointment. You may email us to set this up.
Q: Who do you sell microgreens to?
A: We sell our microgreens to the public and to over a dozen high-end restaurants in the greater Hartford area. If you are interested in purchasing, please contact Lexie.
Q: I thought today’s philosophy was to mainstream people with developmental disabilities into their community. Will your community keep them isolated?
A: The answer to this question begins with a philosophy. First, one needs to believe in self-determination. This means that each individual should be able to choose where (s)he lives, works and plays. While everyone has the right to be fully included in society, there are some people who prefer to have some time away from the stresses of mainstream life. This includes many people who have autism or sensory integration difficulties who are overwhelmed by the fast pace and crowded conditions of an urban or well-populated environment and prefer a quieter, less hurried life.
To learn more about the advantages of intentional communities, please see this document put together by the Coalition for Community Choice.
Q: Why is a farm a good setting for people?
A: A farm provides vocational activities, like working with animals, growing plants, baking and selling, that are meaningful and satisfying because the results of their work are readily evident (i.e., growing plants in a garden can be eaten). The farmstead is a less stressful employment situation for some because it allows everyone to work at his or her own pace away from a high level of noise and work demands.
Q: How many people will live in the community?
A: The community will be established in phases as we are able to scale up the housing. There will be a mix of people both with and without developmental disabilities living on site.
Q: Do residents stay in the community all the time?
A: No, there will be plenty of opportunities to interact with the outside community. Residents may have a job off the farm. Recreational trips may include outings to concerts, the library, movies and bowling. There will also be ample opportunities for visitors to come to the community.