Planting produce, growing jobs

By Jessica Trobaugh Temple '92

Lifting a panel of romaine lettuce, Jan Pilarski ’79, ’96M.A., exposes a tangle of plump roots. Over a year’s time, her social enterprise business, Green Bridge Growers, can produce several hundred pounds of organic vegetables and herbs. The entrepreneurial venture Pilarski began with her son Chris Tidmarsh is an aquaponic farming operation that provides training and jobs for young adults on the autism spectrum.

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Building blocks for the unemployed

By Jessica Trobaugh Temple '92

Jennifer Shouse slides a disc sander over a wooden slab, rubbing the surface smooth and flawless. Later, using variant grades of sandpaper, she’ll work out the board’s rough edges by hand. These are new skills for the employee who took a job at South Bend Woodworks late last year.

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Dr. Kuzmitz and the dino heart

By Jessica Trobaugh Temple '92

For Dr. Andy Kuzmitz, ND class of 1972, it’s what we don’t know that makes life interesting. That’s why the family practice doctor in Ashland, Oregon, spends as much time delving into the environmental history of the earth, researching the possibility of time travel or dabbling in the makeup of fungi as he does diagnosing and treating patients.…

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