Big check from Washington helps Bittersweet Farms - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Big check from Washington helps Bittersweet Farms

Posted: Updated:

It was certainly another cold day here in Northwest Ohio but that didn't stop a harvest of fresh produce from being served up at Bittersweet Farms. Bittersweet is a world renowned program that serves both children and adults with autism. The program received a more than $100,000 grant from the Department of Agriculture that will help expand the community supported agriculture or CSA program.

A luncheon on Wednesday featured a number of the vegetables grown at Bittersweet's greenhouses and hoop houses. In addition to horticulture they also have culinary, creative arts, wood shop and grounds keeping programs. About one in every 88 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. More than 80 people with autism either live at the farm or take part in day programs.

The United States Department of Agriculture awarded Bittersweet a $116,000 grant for its Community Supported Agriculture program. Elliot West who heads up the horticulture program says the money will be used to expand the product line and help more people with autism get involved with the horticulture program, "The CSA is like a vegetable co-op, so anyone can buy a membership in the beginning of the year and they get a share of the harvest every week."

You have a chance to sample some of the produce grown at Bittersweet. They sell various products at both Churchill's Markets and The Baker's Kitchen and as West said, if you're part of the CSA you can take home boxes of vegetables every week during harvest.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Fallen Sandusky officer memorialized

    Fallen Sandusky officer memorialized

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:17:48 GMT
    Memories of officer Andy Dunn are still fresh in the minds of his fellow Sandusky police officers."He was a fun loving guy," Sandusky police chief, John Orzech said.Now, three and a half years after his death, Dunn has an honor chair inside of the department. His name, the department badge and the date he was shot and killed in the line of duty are engraved into the wood."We feel blessed to have this chair in our roll call room to keep Andy's memory alive," Chief Orzech said. Tributes to thei...
    Memories of officer Andy Dunn are still fresh in the minds of his fellow Sandusky police officers."He was a fun loving guy," Sandusky police chief, John Orzech said.Now, three and a half years after his death, Dunn has an honor chair inside of the department. His name, the department badge and the date he was shot and killed in the line of duty are engraved into the wood."We feel blessed to have this chair in our roll call room to keep Andy's memory alive," Chief Orzech said. Tributes to thei...
  • Major construction project could tie up traffic

    Major construction project could tie up traffic

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:20:52 GMT
     A major construction project is about to start along State Route 420 in Wood County and that could mean delays for drivers, but ODOT hopes it will eventually clear up congestion.
     A major construction project is about to start along State Route 420 in Wood County and that could mean delays for drivers, but ODOT hopes it will eventually clear up congestion.
  • Olive Garden restaurants honor first responders with free lunch

    Olive Garden restaurants honor first responders with free lunch

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:13:04 GMT
    Workers at Olive Garden have developed an amazing relationship with the people who keep us safe. So they decided to honor police and fire with a free lunch.
    Workers at Olive Garden have developed an amazing relationship with the people who keep us safe. So they decided to honor police and fire with a free lunch.
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Major construction project could tie up traffic

    Major construction project could tie up traffic

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:20:52 GMT
     A major construction project is about to start along State Route 420 in Wood County and that could mean delays for drivers, but ODOT hopes it will eventually clear up congestion.
     A major construction project is about to start along State Route 420 in Wood County and that could mean delays for drivers, but ODOT hopes it will eventually clear up congestion.
  • Early Head Start aims to offer services for whole family

    Early Head Start aims to offer services for whole family

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:44:51 GMT
    Students in Toledo's Head Start program are headed back to school soon. For the first time the program is being run by Toledo Public Schools.
    Students in Toledo's Head Start program are headed back to school soon. For the first time the program is being run by Toledo Public Schools.
  • Dollar General upping its bid for Family Dollar

    Dollar General upping its bid for Family Dollar

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-09-02 10:53:52 GMT
    GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Dollar General is boosting its bid for rival Family Dollar to approximately $9.1 billion and says it's now willing to more than double the number of stores it would shed to avoid trouble with regulators.The newest bid from Dollar General is worth $80 per share, up from $78.50. Dollar General's previous bid, worth nearly $9 billion, was rejected by Family Dollar in favor of an offer of about $8.5 billion one Dollar Tree Inc.Dollar General Corp. said Tuesday it will...
    GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Dollar General is boosting its bid for rival Family Dollar to approximately $9.1 billion and says it's now willing to more than double the number of stores it would shed to avoid trouble with regulators.The newest bid from Dollar General is worth $80 per share, up from $78.50. Dollar General's previous bid, worth nearly $9 billion, was rejected by Family Dollar in favor of an offer of about $8.5 billion one Dollar Tree Inc.Dollar General Corp. said Tuesday it will...

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!