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Good causes and farm animals!

In The Netherlands, I’ve noticed that there are a number of organisations who aim to give employment to vulnerable people.

Our second beehive is located at one such place.

The Dorrepaal is a garden centre, tea shop and park.

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Most of the employees have a learning disability but they are encouraged to learn work skills and participate in the workings of the whole site.

There is also a working farm.

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The pigs, chickens, ducks, sheep and goats are a fantastic local resource for families and children.

They also grow fruit and vegetables and organic seedlings for gardeners.

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It’s a tranquil haven in the heart of the city!

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14 comments on “Good causes and farm animals!

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    May 28, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome and what a wonderful place Liz thank you for sharing

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  2. Laurin Lindsey
    May 28, 2014

    This is wonderful…we need more of these!

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  3. carolinecocker
    May 28, 2014

    Oh, this is such an amazing idea…in Germany they integrate old people’s centres with kids daycare so the old people can read to the kids…not quite the same but I love the idea that everyone is valuable and has something to contribute. Also, that pig is such a poser!x

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    • lizard100
      June 2, 2014

      The pig is a terror. Having older people involved in the daycare is a great idea!

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  4. quarteracrelifestyle
    May 28, 2014

    This is lovely 🙂 We have a garden centre here too that was started to employ people with intellectual disabilities, it used to be huge and very well supported by the community. When the recession hit it struggled and eventually closed down – it has since been reopened somewhere else but nowhere near the same as it was.

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  5. Rambling Woods
    May 29, 2014

    As a retired special education teacher, I love programs for special needs people

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    • lizard100
      May 29, 2014

      There are such good program’s here!

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      • Rambling Woods
        May 29, 2014

        We do have programs here in the states too. It has come a long way from when I graduated from college and got my first job. Now we try to develop long range plans for these kids into adulthood. Once in a while my husband or I will see a former student out in the community…that is a treat.

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      • lizard100
        May 29, 2014

        That’s really rewarding.

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      • Rambling Woods
        May 29, 2014

        I miss it….

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      • lizard100
        May 29, 2014

        I would too. : (

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  6. billoconnor7
    May 29, 2014

    Reblogged this on The Universe and You.

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    • lizard100
      May 29, 2014

      Thank you for the reblog. I’m glad you liked it.

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  7. lizard100
    June 2, 2014

    That’s very sad to hear. It may grow again with time.

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