Sarah Grone is the Garden Program Coordinator at Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC). Beneficial Beans Garden is a social enterprise business of SARRC, which provides internship opportunities for adults with autism to gain employment skills and build work history that can transfer to community based employment. Garden interns plant seeds, cultivate, harvest, wash, and prepare our produce for sale in our community. In addition, interns have the opportunity to learn customer service and cashiering skills as well as develop their public speaking skills by giving garden tours to visitors.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Sonoma State University, a certificate in Horticultural Therapy, and is close to completing her Master of Science in Counseling from Prescott College. Her focus throughout her education has been mental health counseling for individuals with developmental disabilities. Sarah has a background in mental health case management with several nonprofits and got her official start in farming as a Conversation Corps/ Americorps volunteer in California. Her love for gardening stems from her family’s background in farming and ranching and complements her education because she believes that gardens have an exceptional way of bring people together. Sarah is an advocate for healthy, locally grown food and is passionate about helping people in her community gain greater access to it. Sarah is a Bay Area native and moved to Arizona with her husband in 2014. She and her family live in central Phoenix with their two dogs.