The Generous Garden

The Generous Garden Project brings together community agencies to expand inclusion and employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities, who learn to cultivate, grow, and harvest vegetables, plants, flowers, and trees to be used or sold throughout the County of Greenville and Upstate South Carolina.



Who We Help

The primary goal of The Generous Garden Project is to assist people with significant intellectual and physical disabilities in a meaningful activity that will produce income for themselves as well as facilitate community integration with normally developing neighbors. The secondary goal of the program is to create a local fresh food resource for the Greenville Community and Thrive Upstate’s residential housing. The program’s objectives are as follows:

  • Promote the independence of individuals through structured choice, community integration, and the enhancement of socialization skills, as evidenced by positive progress on each individual’s person-centered treatment plan.
  • Provide individuals with training and job skills that will eventually allow them to locate and maintain jobs in the private sector, as evidenced by progress in soft skills in the individual’s treatment plans.
  • Offer individuals the opportunity to earn money in a way that aligns with their abilities and production capabilities, in accordance with USDOL guidelines and industry standards.

How We Help

Thrive Upstate trains participants to plant and manage crops, and sell them at market. This supportive working environment helps individuals increase their knowledge of gardening, soils, plant life cycles, harvest techniques, sales methods, and customer service. To implement The Generous Garden, Thrive Upstate has completed construction of two greenhouses and created indoor and outdoor farms on several acres of land.

History of The Generous Garden

In the spring of 2015, Thrive Upstate joined forces with the nonprofit agency Generous Garden (as it was winding down its operations) to expand employment, training, and socialization opportunities for the individuals with disabilities we serve. The Generous Garden Project cultivates, grows, and harvests vegetables, plants, flowers, and trees to be used or sold throughout the County of Greenville and Upstate South Carolina. Plantings are seasonal, and produce, seedlings, plants, and hand-made growing pots and crafts are made available to the community throughout the year. Individuals served by Thrive Upstate benefit from horticultural therapy – working in the garden, enjoying the produce and plants they grow, and earning a wage as the produce is sold in the community to pay the wages of individuals with disabilities working in the program.


To Volunteer:
Gina Abrams
Volunteer Coordinator
864-288-1907 ext. 3504

For More Information:
Thomas Leonard
Greenhouse Manager


1700 Ridge Road
Greenville, SC 29607

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