US (OH): Flower shop purchased to employ those with special needs

Jim and Laura Sniff never intended to own a flower shop. They never intended for their farm to become a concert venue. Then again, when you have a child with autism, life can lead you down unanticipated paths.

Jim and Laura Sniff of Blue Ridge Community Farm bought the Picket Fence floral shop to employ workers with special needs. Source:

A few weeks ago, the Sniffs purchased Picket Fence Floral, Gift and Garden Center in Chillicothe. They plan to use it as an employment source for those with special needs, like their 22-year-old son Jimmy.

For almost 20 years, the Sniffs have been playing host to field trips for such adults and children at their 245-acre farm northwest of Chillicothe. Beginning Sunday, Blue Ridge Community Farm is to be the site of a free concert series.

Performances that feature local and area musicians are scheduled for four Sundays through Oct. 3 in a natural amphitheater at the farm. Donations are to benefit the farm and flower shop.

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