In 2006 a group of parents gathered to discuss their hopes and dreams for their children with developmental disabilities. Like most parents their biggest request was that their children’s future include a safe environment for their individual needs and a fulfilling and valued lifestyle. Out of these dreams The Farmer’s House, Inc., a not for profit 501(c)(3), was born. The idea of a working farm where children, youth and young adults could live, work, play and grow took shape and the process of learning as much as possible about existing farm or ranch communities for individuals with developmental disabilities was undertaken.
In 2010 Farmer’s House started The Seeds of Change Garden Program at The Weston Red Barn Farm, in Weston, Missouri. The initial participants in the garden program where Platte RIII High School’s special education classroom and Platte County Board of Services day rehabilitation program. At the end of the first season it was determined that the garden had benefited the students and adults who had participated by teaching them how to plan out a garden, work together to prepare, plant and maintain it, and the reward of harvesting the produce. They took great ownership and pride in the garden and loved looking up recipes that used the things they had grown. The garden was a success and three additional area schools will be participating in the program going forward.
In 2011 plans to open The Farmer’s House Market in the historic Vaughn’s Apple Orchard retail space, on highway 273 between Platte City and Weston, Missouri took shape. The mission of the Farmer’s House Market is to provide a community-integrated hands-on work environment that will provide youth and adults with developmental disabilities practical vocational skills. These skills will be learned by operating a cash register, making change, stocking shelves, interacting with customers, planning, tending and harvesting the market garden, and so much more!
The Farmer’s House Market will open in April 2012 and we will continue to update you as we make history!