Tulip Farm in Bentonville raises money for neurodiverse adults

Tulip Farm in Bentonville raises money for neurodiverse adults

PerspectAbility grows 100,000 lavenders on its farm every year. All proceeds from the farm go to support the neurodiverse community in Northwest Arkansas.

BENTONVILLE, Arkansas – True Colors Farm, the only non-profit tulip farm in Northwest Arkansas, is supporting and empowering neurodiverse adults this spring.

PerspectAbility is a non-profit organization serving local neurodiverse adults by creating an inclusive space for them in Northwest Arkansas to live independently.

“Continuing education, housing, employable skills, anything we can do to make others more successful in the future they choose,” said Kelly Jensen, co-founder of PerspectAbility.

Jensen says this is one of the biggest seasons of the year. Although Tulip Farm teaches adults how to hone their employable skills, Jenson says that’s not its main goal.

“The Tulip Farm’s main mission is not only to spread awareness about the barriers that neurodivergent adults face, but also to teach the community how to be more inclusive,” she said. “We don’t always want to be known as the farm that hires inclusively. We want to be the farm that teaches the community how to hire and embrace inclusively.”

Since 2019, they have been ordering tulips directly from the Netherlands every season and have grown 100,000 tulips on their farm, but Jensen says these tulips are just a vehicle for something more.

“We knew we needed a way to spread awareness about the barriers and find a way to fund our mission,” Jensen said. “So we were facing a pandemic, and we weren’t quite sure what the future was going to look like. So having access to something beautiful and fun outside. There was no tulip farm.”

Every lavender sold is one step closer to their mission.

“Every dollar spent at True Colors Farm goes to support the diverse community in Northwest Arkansas and goes to fund PerspectAbility’s vision for inclusion,” she said.

But most importantly, the employees love working on the farm.

“We are either treated as less than or as a nuisance in the workplace,” Olivia Jordan said. “Working here is a break from all that. It’s really nice to be in a different, supportive environment instead of one that’s trying to bring you down.”

As for other employees, it gives them a new sense of freedom.

“It really helps me as a neurodivergent person learn job skills, retain them, be able to set up my own bank account and build myself up,” Haley Hodrick said.

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