First Step Farm Work Therapy Program
The First Step Farm is a unique alternative treatment program utilizing a Work Therapy Program where residents train, learn new skills, and earn wages. In addition to learning about discipline, responsibility, and structure, most residents leave the Farm with enough money to re-establish themselves.
Every resident is given the opportunity to establish responsible work routines and ethics. In addition, the Farm provides ample exercise and a balanced nutrition. All activities are coordinated in a community living environment centered around the 12 Step self-help fellowships of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
Farming Operations & Greenhouse Operations
First Step Farm operates a fully functional productive farm for Men and Women on two separate sites in Buncombe County. Farming operations began in 1978 and greenhouse operations began in 1980. The Farm is a well known supplier of vegetable plants and bedding flowers for the Southeast. Farm staff has Pesticide Certifications and is a North Carolina Department of Agriculture Certified Nursery. The Farms two facilities employ a total of 45 workers for production in its 29 greenhouses.
Residents help keep the facilities clean and can also earn wages and learn new skills by working in the kitchen.
State Inspection Certification
First Step Farm operates a automotive repairs shop that services minor repairs and conducts NC safety inspections for the community. Residents can obtain training and education to attain their Safety/IM Inspection Certification for the State of North Carolina. This allows them to fully inspect a vehicle at a licensed inspection facility. Training takes about a week in addition to the 8 hours of safety education and 8 hours of emissions education provided through AB Tech Community College. Residents learn an employable skill, obtain certification and are able to seek work following their treatment at First Step Farm.