With thoughts turning to Spring gardening, NYSID began offering its employees the convenience of local produce delivery by Field Goods, a subscription service that delivers produce from small farms to workplaces in the Capital Region year round. Located in rural Greene County, Field Goods is rooted in seasonal produce from local farms every week while mixing up the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables – over 150 varieties throughout the year.
What makes Field Goods an even better partner in good health is that the “homegrown” business employs workers with disabilities through a relationship with NYSID member agency, The Arc of Ulster-Greene, ARC School to Work Program and Columbia Greene Mental Health Association. This support of community inclusion was recognized by the Capital Region Employer Alliance with a 2016 Statewide National Disability Employment Awareness Month award.
In an example of how employment empowers, 26-year-old Gilbert came to work at Field Goods in 2013 through Ulster-Greene’s community placement program. Today, he’s graduated from The Arc and is employed by Field Goods as a Logistics Assistant, responsible for loading and unloading vans, produce pick-up from local farms, and other duties as needed.
When asked what he loves most about working at Field Goods, Gilbert responded, “My co-workers! We all have become good friends and work together as a team. I now eat healthier because I realized I love carrots and apples!” Compared to when he started at Field Goods in 2013, Gilbert feels he’s has changed by “talking to people more, being kind and helpful to others and trying new foods, some that are funny tasting.”
Not sure what do with celeriac or parsnips? Check out the Field Goods blog for recipes.
Purchasing local produce through Field Goods supports NYS small businesses and improves lifestyles – and impacts the lives of individuals like Gilbert.