CULTIVATE supports innovative and creative thinking to provide training, development and education to empower underserved populations to achieve full potential in their communities and to provide a stable workforce for our growing local economy.
Our mission is motivated by the fact that Wyoming suffers a 78% unemployment rate for people with disabilities, a challenge for people in rural communities searching for meaningful employment. CULTIVATE realizes the unique contribution of this under-served population, and was conceived in 2016 through the co-creation of an impact driven business, Vertical Harvest of Jackson Hole.
CULTIVATE and Vertical Harvest Jackson Hole created an integrated workplace that includes 34 people, 19 of whom have a form of disability. CULTIVATE demonstrates how the creation of an inclusive culture has a positive connection to market performance and is a critical first step, as an exemplary model for our community. Employment is a key part of life, and everyone has the right to work.
We work with individuals with intellectual disabilities to find jobs, but more critically, to facilitate proper training and support to raise the bar and find consistent meaningful employment opportunities. CULTIVATE not only focuses on professional development, but also personal development and support for both the business and the employee in order to ensure everyone's success. CULTIVATE works with local businesses to develop inclusive and diversified employment plans that benefits the employees, the business’s bottom line and the community.