I grew up as the 4th generation on a dairy farm in Clark County and loved every thing about living on a farm. I felt sorry for anyone who didn't live on a farm. Eventually the twists and turns of life landed me in northeast Ohio, teaching school and my son, who has autism and mental retardation, was having a difficult time finding his place in adult services. A friend mentioned that there was a group of parents forming a group to open an alternative program-a farm! I jumped at the chance to be involved. And I feel very lucky to have been involved in helping to start Hiram Farm-a working organic farm serving adults with autism. I, however, knew that eventually I wanted to return to Clark County, and wanted Kiel to have the same wonderful experience as he was having at Hiram Farm. I just assumed I'd someday try to start a program in Clark county, but had no idea how, where etc, then one day sitting and talking to friends at the county fair, the Hardacre's and I started talking about a gem of an idea. Eventually there was a visit to the farm, then a meeting in Jennie's backyard and soon the dream began to take shape. Two teachers, ready to take on a new challenge. I'm very excited to start this new adventure and to create a place where adult individuals with developmental disabilities and seniors with dementia issues can find a place where they can do meaningful work and spend their days in a supported environment being productive and successful. Please stop in and talk to us about what we do! There is NO bad weather on the farm, only bad clothing.
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