Who We Hope To Become
We have quite the journey ahead of us, but these are our long-term goals. Welcome to our vision!
why a "farm"
The therapeutic benefits of life and work on a farm have been studied and documented for years. Along with its safer, quieter environment, and many opportunities for exercise, a farm gives individuals with autism a chance to do meaningful, purposeful work, which creates a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, farm work can easily be tailored to an individual’s interests and abilities.
For autistic adults 18+ who have aged out of school services, we want to offer a planned residential farm community with up to 20 on-site residents and full-time caregivers. Resident homes will house 4-5 individuals with 2-3 staff members in each location. We will also continue our day camp, summer, and track-out programs for school-aged children with autism.
On a farm, the individual can practice the rural arts. They can care for, and own, animals. They can grow their own food, clean it, help cook it, and share it with others - thus understanding the connection between the land, work and need.
On-site micro-businesses will serve two main purposes: Vocational opportunities for our participants, as well as revenue for operational expenses. Businesses include an on-site thrift shop, farmer’s market, CSAs (Community Shared Agriculture) and an artisan shop for participants to sell their artwork.
Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) subscription will allow individuals and local restaurants to utilize our farm's produce and flowers by buying a share of our farm.