History Our story starts I suppose when a friend had this great idea- a farm where adult individuals with autism would be able to work and learn and spend each day. Beth was lucky enough to be asked to be involved in this exciting project and in 2009, Hiram Farm opened-a working organic farm that served as a day program for adults with autism in Hiram, Ohio. Then a few years later, talking around a campsite at the Clark County Fair, an idea for a similar project in the Clark County area was discussed and began to come alive. Through a series of interesting twists and turns, this plan began to take form. By the summer of 2013, a meeting between Jennie and Beth, sitting outside drinking ice tea, and desperately searching for the answer to "Where do we start?" gave us a beginning, and a plan started to emerge. We held our first community meeting in October 2013 and felt a great deal of community support for our little dream. We now are officially The H.A.R.D. Acre Farm, LLC, a working farm that will serve as a day program for adults with disabilities and individuals dealing with dementia. We are still in development and plan to open in the summer of 2016. Meanwhile, we will continue to "make history" as we add to our story of creating a place where people, who may not find this elsewhere, can work and feel productive and successful every day.
I think the vision of our project started before Jennie or Beth were even born with the fact that we come from generations of dairy farmers. Dairy Farming is a beautiful and unique life filled with hard work and long hours but, also with a gift that the work is meaningful and fulfilling. It's not a job, it's a life and a life that we feel lucky to have been born into.
Feeling productive and successful at the end of a day of hard work is a gift, and one that is often taken for granted. There are those that have a difficult time finding a place where they can experience that.
Our vision is to create a place where individuals can find their niche. Everyone can contribute in some way tothe work that needs to be done. One of the great things about a farm, is that there is always something to do!!! The work of a farm requires many different skills. With that idea, our hope is to provide a place with meaningful work for our participants and our staff in a farm setting which honors and respects each individual's unique talents and skills.
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