Gardening jobs program launches for homeless veterans in Las Vegas valley

Produce to be sold to businesses downtown
Posted at 7:30 PM, Nov 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-11 22:34:09-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas valley organization hopes to help homeless veterans with a new jobs program centered around gardening.

Through Caridad Gardens, veterans will be housed and integrated back into the workforce using garden therapy.

Produce will be grown year-round in an indoor hydroponic shipping container called a Freight Farm. The food grown will be sold to bars and restaurants in downtown Las Vegas.

"I'm hoping this is an outside the box solution that nobody has ever tried and it will be fabulously successful," said Merideth Spriggs, chief kindness officer at Caridad.

"And we will be able to replicate this and open this up to all homeless to work in our garden. Hopefully duplicate this around the valley," said Spriggs.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for Caridad Gardens took place on Monday at the Bunkhouse Saloon.

The program is a partnership with Fergusons Downtown and U.S. VETS.

Learn more at CaridadCharity.com.