Johnson Controls Northwood Employees To Build Tool Shed for Wood Lane Farm

Employees from the Johnson Controls Northwood Plant will be giving their time this Saturday, June 15, 2013 to build a tool shed that will be used by the Wood Lane Farm. The building will enhance efficiency and enable workers with disabilities and staff to safely store materials and equipment on-site verses moving these from another location each day.


At 9:00 a.m., the company will present a check to the Wood Lane Industries Board, workers, and staff in the amount of $1,000.00. The donation was acquired by Johnson Controls employees from the company’s Blue Sky Involve program to cover material costs (see attached pdf about Blue Sky Involve). The presentation will take place at the Wood Lane Farm site at Principal Business Enterprises at 20189 Pine Lake Road (off Devil’s Hole Road), Bowling Green, Ohio.*
After the presentation, Johnson Controls employees will begin constructing the shed.

Blue Sky Involve is a global employee-driven program that encourages Johnson Controls employees to form volunteer groups that work with local non-profits or schools to support leadership development, environ¬mental sustainability and social service. Employees at Johnson Controls in Northwood learned about Wood Lane and programs for Wood County residents as a result of the company employing an enclave of workers with disabilities at the plant. The local company completed an application to the corporate Blue Sky Involve program and received notification last month of its acceptance.

The Farm continues to provide opportunities where the community can assist in the operation as well as benefit from its operation. The site where the land is farmed is one example. “We thank Principle Business Enterprises for providing the land on which Wood Lane Farm is located, ” commented Wood Lane’s director of adult services Jay Salvage. “We also appreciate the support of Johnson Controls, both for assisting Wood Lane Farm and for providing employment opportunities for our workers at their Northwood facility. The tool shed will give us much more time to spend on job training activities rather than moving supplies, he added.

The Wood Lane Farm is one of the many employment options in Wood County for adults with developmental disabilities. The Farm is part of Wood Lane Industries and is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. A CSA program is a farming model where community members purchase a share in advance of the growing season. The purchases of shares give the CSA the resources to help cover costs associated with the farming season. This includes but is not limited to seed purchases, labor costs, and machinery. Members of a CSA are provided with locally grown and fresh produce throughout the growing season.
Workers with disabilities learn valuable skills on the Farm. Wood Lane Farm staff members teach skills that include seeding, transplanting, weeding, watering, harvesting and processing. Through the Farm, individuals see how important their work is to community members who desire high quality, fresh, and locally grown produce. Farming also requires a strong work ethic. Farming provides workers with skills they can use in future employment.

Directions/Map link to Principle Business Enterprises:
PBE is located off of I-75 and State Route 582/Middleton Pike.

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