Summer Series Speaker: Wendie Blanchard
Wendie Blanchard is the founder and Executive Director of Arthur and Friends—a vocational job training and employment program that teaches adults with disabilities how to grow, market, and sell hydroponic produce. Hydroponics is a system that grows plants in nutrient-rich water rather than soil.
Wendie shared, "Growing is a catalyst. Hydroponics is the method, but we are actually growing people who previously were living in the shadows and isolated. There is a sense of dignity from earning a paycheck, a sense of pride from growing beautiful produce that people say "Wow!" and empowerment from the fact that they own a body of knowledge that the general public doesn't hold."
She will be speaking on inclusion in the workplace.