DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) - A new community garden in Duncan is looking for residents interested in planting crops in time for the spring season. It's the first of its kind in Duncan, but what makes it special are the caretakers.
The company behind the garden is called Think Ability Incorporated, which is a non-profit that employs 168 people, all of whom have developmental and intellectual disabilities.
"They are really excited, really excited," Marketing Director of Think Ability Inc. David Setayesh said. "This whole time we've been pressed by questions from them, they're just excited, ready to go."
That sentiment is echoed by Kyle Daley, one of Think Ability's clients.
"We're excited about the greenhouse opening up. It is a good deal for us," Daley said.
Daley currently works at Power Print, a t-shirt printing store, but said he is excited to try his hand at gardening. Laura Lampe is an employ at Think Ability who oversees the new garden, which she says will be a great opportunity for the future of the company's clients.
"It gives them hands-on experience and it could be something that they are highly interested in and it could be a future work opportunity for them. Working with landscaping companies or a nursery," Lampe said.
Setayesh said the community garden will allow the clients to have many more opportunities to find something they love to do.
"In order to give them more of an opportunity to pick their interests, that's what we're all about is self-advocacy with their interests," Setayesh said. "It's just another opportunity for them to be utilized and it connects them to the community."
The garden is located at 2103 W Beech and is open to anyone in the community, who can choose to grow anything they'd like. The basic plots are $40 each with bigger plots or a spot in a greenhouse available for a small upgrade fee. You can take care of the garden yourself or the clients of Think Ability can take care of the garden for you. All soil, tools and water for the plants will be provided so all you'll need to do is bring whatever it is you intend to plant. Setayesh said he is excited about how big of an impact this garden could potentially have on the Duncan community.
"It feels like were doing something good in the community, we enjoy what we do and to be able to spread to that not only our employees but to the public of Duncan, we take pride in that," Setayesh said.
To lease out a spot in the garden or to volunteer you can call Think Ability at (580) 252 - 8000.