Noblesville-based Aspire Indiana is planning to close a Madison County farm used to provide job skills training for people with mental illnesses. Our partners at The Herald Bulletin report the 13-acre Harvestland Farm in Anderson will shut down June 30.
The farm was established in 2008 with employees growing vegetables that would then be sold through the Harvestland Farm Store and local restaurants, according to the publication. The nonprofit will move its employment program to the Aspire offices.
"So we will still help them build skills, will still have people that are working at Aspire as Aspire employees, maybe in different activities but all trying to enhance those employment opportunities for those folks in one spot," Susan Maier, director of business development for Aspire Indiana, told The Herald Bulletin. "We just think it’s a better way to look at it."
Maier says the reason for the change is to grow the program, which the nonprofit says has provided employment opportunities to more than 50 people. The publication says Aspire will retain the property on which the farm currently sits, but future plans for the land have not been announced.