Super Simple Salsa makes disabled young adults, entrepreneurs

By Gregory Woods

CHARLESTON, S. C. (WCIV) -- For many kids, life after high school means they head off to college or join the military, but for kids with disabilities, the options are few.

That's why Mary Tutterow, a mother of a young adult with autism, started a nonprofit called Healing Farms. It's a safe space for young adults with disabilities to become contributing citizens of society.

Through the work of Tutterow, they are now salsa-making entrepreneurs.

"At Healing Farms, we believe even if you can't be employed there is something that you have that you can contribute, no matter how challenged you might be," said Tutterow.

With a rake, a shovel, a water hose and enough backyard space to grow food, the group created their own salsa recipe.

"Le Creuset invited us to come to their demo kitchen and make a commercial batch of salsa," said Tutterow. "The guys just loved it! And the next thing you know they wanted to start their own salsa business and name it Super Simple Salsa."

It's already becoming very popular.

"We are oversold and working really hard to meet the community demand this holiday season," said Tutterow.

Her group's success proves one thing she has always believed.

"People with disabilities have tremendous untapped potential, and all it takes is a community coming together," said Tutterow. "Then these guys don't have to sit around at home with nothing to do, because there is so much that they are capable of."

The majority of the proceeds from the Super Simple Salsa helps fund day to day operations for the nonprofit.

Tutterow hopes one day the salsa will be able to completely fund the nonprofit so they won't have to depend on donations.

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