SMILE FARMS FEATURED STORIES

February 12, 2020
Smile Farms was featured in the inaugural episode of “A Passion For Giving” with Peter J. Klein, President/Treasurer of the Claire Friedlander Foundation. Chris McCann, CEO of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc., and Jennifer Low, VP of Smile Farms, spoke about the Smile Farms mission.
 
Local Vocal Group Sings at Citi Field
July 31, 2019
In a night celebrating individuals with special needs, the New York Mets invited the Family Residences and Essential Enterprises...
 
Smile Farms at Skills Unlimited
July 15, 2019
Watch Smile Farms at Skills Unlimited, Inc. on the FIOS1 Long Island News!
 
Smile Farms Opens New Center in Oakdale
July 15, 2019
Smile Farms Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to employing adults with developmental disabilities, opened a new location in Oakdale...
 
Mobile Market Brings Produce to Underserved Communities
July 12, 2019
For residents of some communities on Long Island, getting to grocery stores and markets that sell fresh produce is half the battle of staying healthy...
 
Jim McCann Recognizes Corporate Citizenship
June 5, 2019
Long Islanders can “build better businesses by building better communities,” George Tsunis said. That way, “we can all rise together”...
 
Thank You and Happy New Year!
December 31, 2018
As 2018 comes to a close, we reflect on the progress we have made together, and we are so grateful for your continued support of Smile Farms...
 
Jim McCann Reflects on Ted Kennedy Jr.'s NYT Opinion Piece
December 27, 2018
It was with great interest that I read today's The New York Times opinion piece by Ted Kennedy, Jr. exploring the many ways in which hiring people with disabilities is good for business. I've long been an advocate...
 
ARE Chips for Charity Benefits Smile Farms
December 19, 2018
Each year, Alexandria Real Estate (ARE) selects a worthy non-profit to benefit from its Annual Chips for Charity Holiday Party. Smile Farms was honored to be chosen as their 2018 recipient...
 
'Tis the Season for Smiles - Long Island Weekly
November 28, 2018
Everyone’s favorite flower and lifestyle gift brand recently introduced a special collection of eight holiday gifts to benefit Smile Farms...
 
Smile Farms Unveils New Center - Verizon FiOS1 - Long Island
June 22, 2018
In celebration of opening their 7th location, Smile's Farm hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at it's new campus and in partnership with Independent Group Home Living, Inc. (IGHL)...
 
Smile Farms Grows Pride for People With Special Needs - LI Press
May 1, 2018
Advocates are giving Long Islanders a reason to smile this spring, as they grow their nonprofit, Smile Farms, which gives agricultural jobs to people with special needs in their communities...
 
Smile Farms Keeps Giving Meaningful Employment - LI Pulse
April 30, 2018
Twelve developmentally disabled adults and counting are diving into agricultural work at the newest location of Smile Farms in Yaphank...
 
103.1 MAX FM
April 25, 2018
Jim McCann talks to Jim Douglas... 
 
Long Island Farm Employs Special Needs Adults - Fox 5 NY
April 4, 2018
A farm on Long Island is giving adults with developmental disabilities a chance to contribute to their community. Jim McCann, the founder of 1-800-FLOWERS, started Smile Farms three years ago to provide...
 
 
The Business Case for Corporate Social Responsibility - Newsday 
October 6, 2017
A growing number of companies on Long Island are incorporating social responsibility into their business models to boost their reputation, engage employees and attract customers...
 
News 12 Long Island
July 28, 2017
The new farm is bringing more smiles to Long Island...
 
Rush Limbaugh - Premiere Networks - National
June 20, 2017
There are few things in life as awarding as being a part of a worthy cause...
 
Farm Works to Provide Meaningful Work for Adults with Disabilities - News 12 Long Island
May 26, 2017
Nearly three dozen greenhouse workers have developmental disabilities at Smile Farms at IGHL. Jim McCann, the founder of 1-800-Flowers, says...
 
Hicks Nurseries and Smile Farms Grow Together - LI Report
May 17, 2017
Spring is in full swing at Hicks Nurseries in Westbury, Long Island. This past March, Hicks hosted their 27th Annual Flower and Garden Show as a charity event for a great cause...
 
Long Island Business News
May 5, 2017
During Hicks Nurseries' Spring Flower & Garden Show, Smile Farms announced a new partnership with The Viscardi Center...
 
Calling All Green Thumbs and Helping Hands
April 24, 2017
Getting involved with your local Gardening Organization is a great way to contribute to community well-being. The psychological and socio-economic benefits of gardening...
 
Radio Delilah - Facebook Page
January 6, 2017
When good people do really good things, something wonderful happens.That's what is happening at Smile Farms. They are the folks dedicated to providing work opportunities...
 
Smile Farms, Inc. Raises $40,000 to Support Chairty "Farms"
December 19, 2016
More than 45 guests gathered in Tribeca, New York recently to join Smile Farms, Inc. the non-profit organization founded by the McCann family of 1-800-Flowers.com, for an evening of...
 
Cafe Provides Cooking Classes and Jobs for Special Needs Adults - USA Today
August 30, 2016
Among them are organizations like Smile Farms in Garden City, New York. They put people with disabilities to work in local agriculture, doing everything from farming to sales...
 
Radio Program - Sean Hannity 
January 6, 2016
A very heart warming and informative message exposing his listeners to the Smile Farm’s mission of providing disabled adults with meaningful job opportunities...
 
Spiritual and Physical Growth at Smile Farms - Edible East End
December 23, 2015
On a bright morning in September a crowd gathered at a greenhouse/farm on an arid stretch of Montauk Highway to cut the ribbon on the first Smile Farm, a farm whose employees are among the 20 percent of adults with developmental disabilities in this...
 
Growing Goodness: Disability and the Beauty of Opportunity - The Good Men Project
November 27, 2015
Numbers can speak volumes. They can bring people together or tear them apart, as we’ve repeatedly been reminded. As a result, everyone seems to have a place and a role in the building...
 
Smile Farms in Moriches Staffed By Adults with Developmental Disabilities, Plans for More Across Country - ABC 7
November 4, 2015
MORICHES, N.Y. (WABC) --The motto here is they're not just growing plants, they're growing people. It's called Smile Farms in Moriches on Long Island. It's staffed entirely by adults with...
 
This Business Made Hiring Disabled Workers a Priority. The Result? A Thriving Workplace - UpWorthy
November 2, 2015
Most of us haven't. Some employers have an implicit assumption that people with those disabilities can't work. But those same employers...
 
Our Community: Say It With a Smile - Verizon Fios1, "Push Pause"
October 23-25, 2015
Verizon Fios1 aired an episode that featured the Smile Farms ribbon cutting that took place on Friday, September 18, 2015...
 
'Smile Farms' Gives Disabled Adults Meaningful Employment - DailyMotion
October 16, 2015
Smile Farms is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the unemployed—and often forgotten— developmentally disabled neighbors in our communities across the country...
 
'Smile Farms' Gives Disabled Adults a Chance to Grow - Huffington Post
October 15, 2015
Smile Farms is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the unemployed--and often forgotten-- developmentally disabled neighbors in our communities across the country. The organization, which is a part of 1-800-Flowers, is focused on...
 
'Smile Farms' Gives Disabled Adults Meaningful Employment - AOL Real Estate
October 2015
HoopLaHa produced a video on our launch, that was picked up by AOL...
 
Smile Farms Opens at IGHL - Networking Magazine
October 2015 
Networking Magazine ran a spread on our launch in their most recent print edition...
 
Smile Farms Ribbon Cutting - Dan's Papers
September 21, 2015
On Friday, September 18, 2015, Smile Farms officially "bloomed" on Long Island with a ribbon cutting ceremony and farm tours. Smile Farms, a new Long Island based nonprofit that provides job opportunities for...
 
Radio Interview with Ann Liguori (WPPB-FM, 88.3) – “Sports Interview with Ann Liguori”
September 19, 2015
Ann Liguori interviews Jim McCann about our ribbon cutting and fundraiser...
 
1-800-Flowers Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Honoring Smile Farms - Hamptons.com
September 18, 2015
Photo gallery of the ribbon cutting...
 
Radio Interview with Jim Douglas (103.1MAXFM)– "Jim and Kelly in the Morning"
September 17, 2015
Jim Douglas interviews Jim McCann about our ribbon cutting and fundraiser...
 
1-800-Flowers CEO: Good Works are Good for Companies' Bottom Lines - Newsday
June 11, 2015
1-800-Flowers.com Inc. founder Jim McCann spoke publicly for the first time Thursday about his personal philanthropic efforts with a new nonprofit that employs 35 developmentally disabled adults at...
 
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