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About Green Visions
Employing both localized workforce-to-career development and phytoremediation, the program helps foster healthy community in the JOSANA neighborhood of Rochester, NY.
Green Visions is a two-part community-based program based on a vision for a more vibrant and flourishing Rochester. It is a workforce development program AND phytoremediation project in the City of Rochester’s JOSANA neighborhood. Together with neighbors, we install and cultivate flourishing gardens of flowers on once-vacant and decaying lots.
The flowers from these lots, once in bloom, are harvested, arranged into stunning bouquets, and then sold at various locations, including East Avenue, Perinton and Penfield Wegmans’, by the program participants over the entire summer and early fall.
In addition to a daily wage, the profits from sales help to support the costs of the program.
The hands-on effort of the participants to improve their community has proven to be a remarkably powerful motivator. Green Visions participants understand that they are making their community a healthier and better place to live and develop great pride in their work.
Community-based workforce development initiatives, such as Green Visions fulfill Rochester’s demand for trained and skilled workers prepared to enter the middle-skill professional field. The program proactively combats urban blight, crime, youth unemployment, and poverty. Additionally, our gardens make some vacant lots in the JOSANA neighborhood come alive with activity and positivity, and our program recruits and empowers young and able resident young adults to be the agents of change in their community.