GUILFORD, Conn. - Cliff Carter lost his job of 16 years last fall when Pinchbeck's Rose Farm, the last rose farm in Connecticut, went out of business. Owner Tom Pinchbeck shut down the family's 80-year-old enterprise because he could no longer compete with operations overseas.
Given the economy, prospects were far from encouraging. But now Carter is back on the farm, which has reopened thanks to a unique vocational program involving people with autism.
"It's nice to be back at work," said Carter, as he sorted Pinchbeck-grown roses on a recent afternoon. "There's not many places since the recession that have reopened."