The aim of Red Tomato Farm & Inn, which is located in Newville in Cumberland County, is to provide adults with intellectual disabilities meaningful work rooted in farm tasks that create opportunities to interact with the general public and community. With day and pre-vocational programming, we are able to serve a wide population of participants. Our 5-acre parcel of farm land, includes a program building with kitchen and woodworking area, barn and pastures, a greenhouse and raised garden beds and a farm house, which serves as our bed and breakfast and is open to the public. Participants interact with our farm animals, work in our gardens, participate in grounds maintenance, cook in our kitchen and complete various woodworking projects daily on our farm.
Located 100% in the community, Hempfield Hubs strives to reduce hunger in the community, promote alternative transportation, support the arts community, and encourage sustainable practice (reduce, reuse, recycle, & re-purpose). Addressing these causes creates an avenue for adults with disabilities to engage in meaningful and inclusive community activities, develop & sustain valued social roles, increase independence, and increase potential for employment. Hempfield Hubs facilitates meaningful participation and valued roles, giving participants a sense of purpose and responsibility within their community.
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Stone House Farm & Inn, located in Green Park, Perry County, is an educational farm that will serve transitional students and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through a Community Participation Supports program called Hempfield Hubs. Stone House Farm is also a site where regular education students have the opportunity to develop career awareness, employability skills, and trade experiences. The unique structure of Stone House Farm & Inn provides the opportunity of integrating all populations, specifically allowing for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to participate in the pre-vocational program with peers and create interesting and educational learning experiences that can be applicable to their future employment. This program was developed with Newport, West Perry, Greenwood and Susquenita School Districts.
Perry County Times News Story (December 2022)
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