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Maintained by Jared Caraway

Our Programs

How we help make a difference one life at a time. 

Work Opportunities for Adults with Disabilities

We are building a garden and farmers' market in our community where adults who have disabilities can have fun, meaningful jobs.

 

Our community will:

  • Teach work and life skills to employees to grow confidence

  • Provide a beautiful location and respite for the families and caretakers of employees

  • Create a place where all are welcome!

At Mustard Seed Farm & Market, we believe that everyone has something to offer and will learn, grow, and thrive when given the opportunity to share in the labor.

We bring people together and help make our community healthier and more beautiful through gardening and growing fresh produce.

Our variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and plants will allow the participants in the training program to interact with the local community and give back!

 

We will donate a portion of our crops to local parks, gardens, churches, retirement communities, schools, etc. and our participants will be a part of the delivery and/or planting of all donations.

Monarch Butterfly and Native Milkweed Program

Growing native milkweeds is a way for us to combine our lifes' passions and help save declining monarch butterfly populations.

Ashley, the director of the milkweed program for Mustard Seed, has a degree in Conservation Biology & Biodiversity from Texas A&M with a second major in Entomology. Working with adults who have disabilities as well as increasing monarch butterfly habitats are both near and dear to her heart.

The process for germinating native milkweed seeds is incredibly time-consuming and requires multiple steps that most nurseries don’t have the time, equipment, or staffing for. We saw the need for this work to be done and that it would be a perfect match for our work training program.

 

Many of the participants in our program thrive in quiet environments with repetitive scheduled steps that they can easily learn and then master. Seeding and caring for native milkweed seedlings in our greenhouse is the perfect example of this type of work and we know it will be a great match.

Living in the Houston area and having greenhouse access ensures that we can plant the seeds for these plants almost year-round and continually train and employ participants in our program.

While we grow a variety of fresh produce and other products that will help fill out our market offerings, butterfly milkweed plants will always be our foundation.

Donate Today

Help us grow great plants, produce, and people!

 

Every donation is tax deductible and supports the network we're building! All donations will directly fund the construction of our farm, including greenhouses, paved pathways, and wheelchair ramps to provide an accessible environment for all of our farmers.

Become a part of our supporting community and help make Mustard Seed Farm and Market an incredible success!

Our Milkweed

This year we are growing 13 varieties of native milkweed, 1 tropical milkweed and pipevines for pipevine swallowtail butterflies.

COMMON MILKWEED (ASCLEPIAS SYRIACA)

NARROWLEAF MILKWEED (ASCLEPIAS FASCICULARIS)

PURPLE MILKWEED (ASCLEPIAS PURPURASCENS)

SHORT GREEN MILKWEED (ASCLEPIAS VIRIDIFLORA

PRAIRIE MILKWEED (ASCLEPIAS SULLIVANTII)

OVAL-LEAF MILKWEED (ASCLEPIAS OVALIFOLIA)

WHORLED MILKWEED (ASCLEPIAS VERTICILLATA)

WESTERN SAND MILKWEED (ASCLEPIAS ARENARIA)

SHOWY MILKWEED (ASCLEPIAS SPECIOSA)

GREEN (SPIDER) MILKWEED (ASCLEPIAS VIRIDIS)

SWAMP (ROSE) MILKWEED (ASCLEPIAS INCARNATA)

BUTTERFLY MILKWEED (ASCLEPIAS TUBEROSA)

ANTELOPE HORNS MILKWEED (ASCLEPIAS ASPERULA)

SUNSET FLOWER TROPICAL MILKWEED (ASCLEPIAS CURASSAVICA)

DUTCHMAN'S PIPEVINE (ARISTOLOCHIA FIMBRIATA)