This unconventional approach will lend itself to successful outcomes because:
1) Being in and interacting with nature and animals has therapeutic value.
2) Manual labor builds character, teaches discipline, perseverance, problem solving and collaboration; and is good for physical health. A strong body facilitates a strong mind and spirit, essential in overcoming addictions and negative influences.
3) An ownership stake through a co-op and building generational wealth will increase esteem and motivation in one’s work.
4) People recover and heal in the context of a supportive community. Effects include healing of trauma, providing belonging, purpose and a sense of dignity; financial trajectory shift of individuals and families; Diverting at-risk young people to a positive path, Reduction in recidivism, and inspiring and incubating new ideas in a conducive, fostering environment.