A Story Worth Telling


La FregadaSometimes something that doesn’t sound particularly intriguing turns out to be a real gem.  So it was with a Foodie Adventure visit to La Fageda, an enterprise that makes yogurt, ice cream, jams and jellies.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt wasn’t so much the products that were interesting, it was the story that began in 1982 when Cristobal Colon began turning a dream into reality.  Colon, a psychiatrist who worked in a mental hospital, was intrigued by the notion that some mentally impaired people could have productive and meaningful lives rather than languish in a hospital where the only treatment was medication.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAInitially he bought a few cows and property in a sun dappled forest in the Garrotxa area of Catalonia.  With 17 patients that he considered able, he began a dairy farm. Today it is a large operation with 500 cows and 280 employees, 160 of whom are mentally challenged.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is ample opportunity for the workers to be successful.  Some are involved in production and packaging.  Others may tend the 500 milk producing cows or work in the gardens that provide food for residents as well as ingredients for products or tend the grounds.  Every effort is made to connect the individual with a job that matches his/her ability resulting in a sense of self worth and contentment.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANot only are these people cared for as employees, Colon created a residential care facility for those who at age 65 have no family or caregiver.  When they are no longer able to work, they have a safe and nurturing place to live.  Too, they can  return to the property, roam the grounds and enjoy the benefits of nature.

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALa Fageda is an incredibly touching success story and a model for like effort.  It hosts visitors from all over the world who want to learn how combining professional and mentally challenged people meshes to form a viable business as well as opportunity for those who are not always considered useful.

 Without question, Colon’s dream is one that in becoming real has made incredible difference in the lives of people who otherwise would have little opportunity and their families.    It is this kind of innovative thinking that helps the world become a better place, and these days that is something to which not too much credit can be given.  I love the story.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

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8 thoughts on “A Story Worth Telling

  1. What a most incredible and wonderful story. These are the stories that we need to hear about. Unsung heroes saving humanity. This was so very inspiring. Oh, thank you for sharing!

  2. Very informative article!

    Thanks hour sharing.

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  3. What an awesome concept! Humans need to feel valuable and needed no matter what their mental capabilities are, it is what makes us motivated…so much to learn here, what a fabulous model.
    Jenna

  4. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story…very inspiring!

  5. What a wonderful success story for patients that now have a future.

  6. Lovely story. There is so much need out there for care, from the mentally challenged to our veteran’s who are not being given care at the VA hospitals.

  7. What a great story and concept that totally makes sense…to make people feel some self worth rather than vegetating…what a success story!…

  8. You’re right. This is a story worth telling. 🙂

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