A farm in Berea has partnered with a local substance-abuse treatment center to help women in recovery with job training. (Facebook/Sustainable Berea) BEREA, Ky. — A pilot program in Berea where women in recovery learn job skills through farming saw its first batch of graduates this month. Harvesting Hope is a partnership between Sustainable Berea and Liberty Place , a recovery center for women in Richmond, along with several local businesses. Program director Cheyenne Olson said many people might be surprised by how much planting and harvesting translates to other types of work. "There’s an incredible amount of job-skills learning that takes places on the Berea Urban Farm,” Olson said. The 26 graduates were paid for their work on the Berea Urban Farm , in addition to receiving training in financial literacy, job interviews and building a resume. Kentucky has one of the lowest workforce participation rates in the country, according a 2017 report by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce . Olson pointed out while the opioid epidemic has made it difficult for many employers to fill available jobs, communities haven’t put effort into helping people transition from sobriety into employment. "And we also want to develop a model […]

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