New Minas organization to receive $500,000 in provincial funding for expansion

Staff and participates gather in front of Flower Cart Group's main location in New Minas (Government of Nova Scotia photo)

An Annapolis Valley organization that provides employment and training opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities is getting $500,000 in funding from the province.

Flower Cart Group in New Minas will use the money to help build a new facility so it can expand services.

The group currently has two buildings -- both of which are at capacity.

The new facility will allow the Flower Cart Group to double its space and increase its program capacity by about 30 new participants, and provide goods and services through a community space and a wholesale bakery that will supply goods both locally and provincially. 

Flower Cart Group was started in 1970 and now has over 200 participants.

It works with area businesses to provide real wage opportunities and supportive employment through an on-site woodworking shop, bakery and packaging service.