Working with Special Education Students
Twice a week Eco Farms hosts two special education students from Chaparral high school to learn and shadow employees in the warehouse. As part of their adult transition program, the students help sort and pack the organic avocados and citrus. The goal of this program is to prepare and teach the students about workplace conduct and potential careers. Their job coach Kim has fourteen years of experience working with special education students. “I love bringing my students [to Eco Farms] because they do the same stuff as everyone else; at some places all they have them do is sweep the floors.” One student Oscar who has several times over the summer said “[Eco Farms] is my second favorite work assignment after Big Horse Feed & Farm Supply because I love to feed the animals.” Each week they come in with a smile and we are happy to have them.