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Powerful Change – Caleb’s Story



Making an IMPACT Caleb and Rabbit Man

Caleb has written and illustrated an original comic about a super-hero named Rabbit Man. The main character, named Walter Brown (Walter is Caleb’s middle name and Brown is after his favorite cartoon Charlie Brown) is an 18 year old young man with Autism. Caleb’s dream is to turn this comic into a movie one day.

Powerful Change – Taylor’s Story

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 Taylor and his mom share the IMPACT we have made on their lives.

When Taylor walked into our downtown Weston Market as a customer, he turned to his brother and said “hey, I think this place is for me!”  It wasn’t long before Taylor officially became a Farmer and part of our Community Integration Program, also known as Roots. As a Farmer, Taylor was encouraged to pursue his interests in writing and drawing while also building vocational skills. 

As part of Roots, Taylor initiated a Farmer newsletter where he served as editor, reporter and publisher. His articles detailed Farmer community outings peppered with his signature humor. Taylor’s story-telling abilities are not limited to writing, he wowed the audience at our first annual Farmer Talent  Show with his stand-up routine.

“Roots” helped build my confidence and learn to interact with people.”  Taylor Knoll

As Taylor’s confidence grew so did his opportunities. It wasn’t long before he joined our Market and Catering Teams. In both positions, With the help of our staff and a job coach, Taylor gained experience in communicating and interacting with people – a major goal he set for himself.  

In 2019, Taylor decided to challenge himself further by making plans to attend Johnson County Community College. With new goals in his sights, our staff began helping Taylor prepare for his transition from Farmer to college student. Taylor and our staff identified and practiced time management strategies and positive study habits. Our team also helped Taylor learn how to navigate the college campus and find his classrooms. Today, Taylor is enrolled in writing, digital animation and graphic design classes. He continues to participate in our Roots program one day a week.

When asked what three words best describe him, Taylor proudly proclaimed “awesome, determined and self-reliant.”  We agree!

Powerful Change – Abbey’s Story

Abbeys Story


Increasing independence one brush stroke at a time.



Abbey loves expressing herself through her artwork- something she does regularly through The Farmer’s House Community Integration Program. Abbey first developed her love of art at Parkhill High School. After graduating, she was thrilled to join The Farmer’s House where she could continue to hone her art skills at our new Margaret Nerman Art Studio located within our mARTKet in Westwood, Kansas.

Abbey’s paintings can best be described as gentle with a touch of whimsey. When asked where she gets her inspiration from, Abbey shared “I think of something I really love and just draw it, putting my emotions on the canvas. Creating makes me feel relaxed and happy.” Abbey is quite independent when she paints, says Farmer’s House Art Coordinator Mary Bunker. She has mastered the task of knowing how far to take her paintings before being too much.”

In addition to expressing herself through art, Abbey enjoys socializing with her friends. She also loves exploring the community with her fellow Farmers. What’s next on Abbey’s list? She wants to further her independence in other areas of her life by making more of her own choices and by trying new things – goals The Farmer’s House is happy to help her achieve!

Powerful Change – Paden's Story

Santa for A Day | Experience that will Last a Lifetime


Santa for A Day | Experience that will Last a Lifetime



When Early Work Experience student Paden learned that special guests from Straub Construction were coming to visit our Downtown Weston Market, he knew exactly what to do. He’d dress up as Santa Clause to greet them. In his bright red suit, black boots and white beard Paden was missing just one thing – a bell to ring. With no bell onsite, our staff quickly improvised giving Paden two large metal measuring cups to use. With measuring cups in hand, Paden stood outside our storefront happily greeting our special guests and customers.

It’s no surprise that Paden was full of Christmas spirit. For nearly four weeks, Paden and his fellow Early Work Experience participants curated 100 gift boxes for Straub Construction customer appreciation gifts. Each box was filled with Farmer’s House favorites including Farmer-Made products. 

Paden, and everyone at The Farmer’s House, was thrilled to see how happy Straub team members were with their gift boxes. We’re grateful to Straub Construction for the opportunity. The boxes were put together with care and provided meaningful retail vocational experiences for Paden and his fellow students. A great example of the Power of Community.

Ho, Ho, Ho and Merry Christmas from Paden and the entire Farmer’s House family. Please remember to leave some Farmer-Made cookies out for Santa and, if you don’t have a bell to ring, two measuring cups work just fine!




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Embracing, Enhancing, and Supporting the Lives of Youth and Adults with Developmental Disabilities (our Farmers)

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415 Main Street - Weston, MO  64098 - 816-640-3276
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