Our venture has been quite fortunate to have four fantastic team members who have worked night and day for Green Bridge Growers the past seven months - Tom Collins, Shane McCarthy, Conor O'Donoghue, and Anthony O'Sullivan. All hail from or attended school in County Cork, Ireland, all are engineers, and all just finished a graduate degree in science/engineering entrepreneurship at Notre Dame, the ESTEEM program. Collectively, they are known around ND as "the Cycling Irish" because they ride their bikes everywhere! And besides being all-out outstanding, they have the most charming brogues you'll ever find here in South Bend. As you can see from the photo above, they also have real panache and humor.
A lot of hands-on building for Green Bridge Growers lately - on our greenhouse, and in building partnerships and connections in the community. In addition to our handy work with hammer and drill, we're happy to have shared the Green Bridge Growers story recently with a number of stakeholders --- Goodwill Industries in South Bend, Notre Dame entrepreneurship classes, Century Center committees, and with Logan Center and its friends. Based on feedback, bringing our aquaponics-based business to our community - and employing those on the autism spectrum in the process - is a source of much hope!
Green Bridge Growers is a social enterprise created to put to work the many gifts and skills of young adults with autism. Our founders, Chris and Jan, are building an exciting venture that grows fresh local food and grows great jobs for autistic adults. We invite you to learn about us and follow our work!