Barkin’ Biscuits, launched in July of 2014, is a culinary micro-enterprise and vocational training program for our Transition Students and Post-Graduates at North Florida School of Special Education. Watch this video from News4Jax to see the making of these all-natural dog treats.
ALL-NATURAL DOG TREATS HANDCRAFTED WITH CARE
Barkin’ Biscuits is an all-natural dog treat baking operation out of North Florida School of Special Education that provides Transition Students, Post-Graduates and young adults with intellectual disabilities in the community another form of vocational training. The program is offered three days a week and attracts chefs ranging from 18 to 40 years of age.
Barkin’ Biscuits are all-natural dog treats that come in a variety of flavors and incorporate fresh ingredients from Berry Good Farms, including wheatgrass, sweet potato, carrot, moringa, mint and rosemary. Using fresh vegetables and herbs from Berry Good Farms means that the students involved in our horticulture program also have a hand in creating Barkin’ Biscuits. It’s a fully integrated operation, and our students are the heart and soul.
The chefs who lovingly create these all-natural dog treats for our furry friends around Northeast Florida learn to follow recipes, mix ingredients, roll and cut the dough, bake the treats, weigh and package for retail market and prepare custom orders.
At Barkin’ Biscuits, our chefs learn the importance of intentional preparation on a job site, the value of hard work and the task of problem solving when things don’t go to plan. Each of the students participating in the program possesses a different skillset that they are able to hone and apply to their role at Barkin’ Biscuits. We celebrate in the qualities that set each of our chefs apart, and recognize that success is achieved when we draw upon each other’s strengths.