The mission of Hope Springs Farm is to provide adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as autism a meaningful day through joyful group activities within the community and on a family farm setting that lead to satisfying friendships.
Hope Springs Farm’s goal is to provide adults who have developmental and intellectual disabilities a day program to maximize their abilities. “Growers”, as they are called, take part in various community activities including volunteering in the local community, visiting local museums, swimming, taking field trips, and shopping for the supplies they need to feed their animals and do their crafts. On the Farm, our Growers have a variety of farm chores: feeding the animals, cleaning up around the barn, planting, weeding and watering the gardens. They also learn a variety of independent living skills such as cooking, baking and shopping.
Hope Springs Farm has a fenced garden space containing over 40 raised beds. A professional, four-season greenhouse ensures that the growing continues year-round at Hope Springs Farm. Year after year, Growers bring a cornucopia of fresh produce to their table: sugar peas, onions, chard, spinach, shallots, potatoes, beans, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, strawberries, blueberries, radishes, carrots, peppers, basil, oregano, and parsley. Not only does fresh produce help sustain the Farm’s needs, Growers are invited to take it home to share with their friends and families.
Growers also care for the farm’s raspberry bushes, blueberry patch and herb and flower gardens. Daily chores include planting, watering, weeding, pruning and picking–depending on the time of year.