Young people at risk of falling through the gaps are getting a chance to grow their skills thanks to a lime farm and LeaderLife.
LeaderLife's social enterprise Soil2Soul's first venture, which started in January, is restarting a lime business owned by the Maxwell family. It aims to provide alternate training and employment opportunities for young people.
LeaderLife founder and CEO Joh Leader said she wanted to help kids who were doing it tough live their best lives.
"This program will support young people aged between 15 and 21-years-old who have been disengaged from school, shying on the edge of the criminal justice system or having difficulty finding and sustaining mainstream employment," she said.
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"The kids we work with are sometimes really busted, but they are also amazingly talented, and given the right employment opportunities they thrive."
Ms Leader said there were 3000 trees at the farm producing 10 tonnes of limes to harvest in the coming months.
In its first year the program will create six to 10 jobs for young people in the region. In the second year, the focus will be on replenishing the remaining crop of 2000 trees to increase production by 2023.
It will all help young people upskill through training like getting their drivers licence or relevant certificates.
"It really does take a great village to raise good kids. So many local pubs, restaurants and individuals are becoming part of the village support by purchasing the Soil2Soul limes," Ms Leader said.
"Attending the Dubbo Farmers Markets has also been a great opportunity for the young people to follow a supply chain, to learn small business skills, communication and the fine are of marketing."
Everyone had been a positive support for the young people and it had been a privilege watching them grow in skills, confidence and happiness, Ms Leader said.
Delivery is available on any lime orders by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is on the LeaderLife website.