The former Forests New South Wales nursery at Dubbo has been granted a new life with different owners taking over the business this month.
Indigenous Concepts and Networking (ICaN) has been granted a five-year lease to run the nursery, which has been re-named the Growing Futures Nursery.
The organisation introduces programs for unemployed and disabled members of the community.
Co-owner of Growing Futures Nursery Robert Riley said the nursery would be running a number of community projects as part of the Aboriginal projects the organisation has delivered in the region for the past two years.
"We mostly deal with long-term unemployed, addressing the barriers and getting them ready for employment. It's a hands-on experience that provides them with horticultural skills and a qualification, rather than them sitting in a classroom," Mr Riley said.
"It's a way to give the guys some horticulture skills and put them on the path to employment."
One of the programs includes working with Aboriginal students from year 9, taking them out on the land to expand their knowledge of bush tucker- which Mr Riley said was dying out- and native plants like wild tomatoes.
"Aboriginal people like to learn in an open environment," Mr Riley said.
The initiative will also involve planting a garden at the chosen High School to continue the skill and knowledge development.
Forestry Corporation Assets and Estates Manager Geoff Coggins said the new owners will continue to expand the business and the opportunities for community groups, making it a "win-win" from his perspective as the nursery will not be forced to close.
It's a view supported by Chief Forester Ross Dickson who said the Dubbo nursery would now be in local hands and able to offer even more benefits to the community.
"The Dubbo nursery has long been a reliable supplier of native plants to local farmers and businesses and in taking over the nursery ICaN has committed to continue supplying the community with quality native plants into the future," Mr Dickson said.
The organisation also has plans to work with Aboriginal people living with a disability, by not only introducing day programs where individuals can learn to propagate seeds and grow seeds to plants, but by building an on-site cafe where hospitality skills can be cultivated, allowing the workers to gain mainstream employment.
Mr Riley said he planed for the cafe to be completed within the next six months.
Carers NSW CEO Elena Katrakis said she was excited to be involved in the program.
"It's good to be able to work in partnership with something that's a bit different," Ms Katrakis said.