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RED TOMATO FARM & INN
The aim of our farm is to provide adults with intellectual disabilities meaningful work rooted in farm tasks that create opportunities to interact with the general public and community.
The model is a new concept for adult training facilities. As a farm it may appeal to individuals interested in agricultural activities, working outdoors, rather than traditional industrial tasks generally conducted indoors. The model is at the cutting edge of national goals to provide services in the most integrated setting appropriate to needs. In our design, we seized on themes of sustainability, integration, volunteerism, ecology, and community to provide relevant, skill-enhancing opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities and the public more generally.
The Farm Property: This working hobby farm was originally part of a 200-plus acre dairy farm. Our five-acre parcel includes the original farmhouse which dates back to 1780. The large bank barn built in the 1800s is also on the property. Since acquiring the farm we have added a 400-square-foot greenhouse and renovated several out-buildings to create a garden workspace, craft space, and a large kitchen space. Our main garden is 2500 square feet of raised beds and walkways.
The Farm Life: Farms are busy places, whether you are starting seeds in the greenhouse, planting and tending gardens, harvesting, using produce, maintaining and repairing farm property and equipment, or feeding, cleaning, and caring for animals. Farms are real and earthy and have a natural daily and seasonal cycle. The farm is hard work, but hugely gratifying because they generate feelings of pride in accomplishment, cooperation, teamwork, determination, closeness to nature productivity, and self-sufficiency. Farming is a 365-day-a-year endeavor so participants will eventually attend to farm tasks on various schedules throughout the seven-day week all year long.
Community Grounded: The general public may participate at the farm as owners of livestock with participants managing their care and feeding and as members of yoga, art, or cooking classes provided at the farm and inn. We welcome overnight guests at the inn. Reservations will be taken via Airbnb and VRBO.
Location: The Red Tomato Farm & Inn is located at 3581 Ritner Highway near the town of Newville in one of central Pennsylvania's scenic farm communities. Our location is between two large state natural parks that offer swimming, boating, hiking, mountain biking, and acres of recreational land. We are close to the bicycle rail trail connecting Newville to Shippensburg, a lovely 20-mile bike and hike path through the farm and countryside.