New Local Flower Farm Partner
July 30, 2015
We are beyond excited to share news of our newest local farm partnership: it’s the Cook County Jail! Our CEO, Steven Dyme, paid a visit to the 1-acre flower farm and was inspired by such an innovative rehabilitation program.
The farm started out in 1992 as a therapeutic program for non-violent offenders who would grow produce to be sold to local churches and homeless shelters. Today, the farm has expanded to include a chicken coup, a bee hive, and of course, a flower farm where Flowers for Dreams will be purchasing batches of zinnias, dahlias, cellosia, and much more. It’s a great way for us to source local flowers while contributing to the program’s mission: helping Chicago inmates learn life skills and prepare for real jobs upon release. Its a win win!