Mandy’s Farm has received additional support for the vermicomposting program at Mandy’s Farm (a part of the Everyone Can Work program). Within the vermicomposting program, individuals with developmental disabilities gather food scraps from community restaurants such as Flying Star and Satellite Coffee, and then integrate them into worm bins, where food scraps, leaves, and other organic material, is broken down into compost. The resulting vermicompost can then be used to enrich gardens, and can be sold at Mandy’s Farm booths at local farmers markets. Through funds granted by New Mexico Mutual, Mandy’s Farm will be able to purchase additional supplies needed for the collection of food scraps, the care of the worms, and product marketing.
Through support received through a Bernalillo County Grant, Mandy’s Farm will now receive additional funding to support the Everyone Can Work Supported Employment Program. This funding will allow for additional individuals with developmental disabilities to be placed in integrated jobs in the Albuquerque Community, increasing opportunities to build community relationships, as well as self-sufficiency.
Mandy’s Farm thanks the Albuquerque Masonic Lodge 60 for their support of the expansion of our horsemanship program. With their support, Mandy’s Farm will now have funding to provide Therapeutic Horsemanship through Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) certification.
In 2014, we received a new high top paratransit van and new a low-floor minivan with funds provided by the 5310 Federal Department of Transportation grant.
In 2016, Mandy’s Farm received two additional vehicles from the 5310 Federal Department of Transportation grant, in order to replace our well-used shuttles that support Day Services transportation. These shuttles include additional wheelchair lifts and accessibility that is sorely needed to serve all individuals within the program.
In 2017, Mandy’s Farm is slated to receive an additional shuttle and low-floor minivan, both with wheelchair access, in order to retire heavily used vehicles from our fleet.