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The Farmer’s House provides innovative community-based programs for youth and young adults with developmental disabilities (our Farmers) at one site in Westwood, Kansas and two sites in Weston, Missouri.  A supportive, positive environment is the foundation of our structured programs which emphasize meaningful activities that support the identification, acquisition and retention of personal, social and vocational skills.  Our goal is to empower each Farmer to live a meaningful life and encourage positive interactions through social, recreational, vocational and transitional services.

Farmer = Individual with Developmental Disabilities



Persons applying must meet the following criteria:

  • Diagnosed with a developmental disability prior to the age of 18
  • Have been eligible for a free, public education
  • Demonstrates basic communication skills
  • Motivated to learn skills to increase independence
  • Possess sufficient emotional maturity and stability to participate in all aspects of the program
  • Demonstrate the ability to accept and follow reasonable rules and expectations
  • Interact respectfully with peers and staff
  • Capable of maintaining behavior which does not impede oneself or others from fully participating in all aspects of community activities
  • Does not pose a danger to oneself or others

The Farmer’s House is open to applicants meeting the above criteria regardless of socioeconomic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.

Once a person interested in applying for The Farmer's House Programs and has reviewed the Programs Handbook in conjunction with the Admission Criteria, please click here to fill out the Initial Program Application.  If you require a printed copy or have any questions concerning our programs, please contact Kelly Cogan.  

The Initial Intent Form does not guarantee a spot for enrollment it simply guarantees a spot for the initial application process.  

The Farmers House Community Integration

Community Integration (ROOTs)

A structured program providing meaningful activities in local communities, including vocational training,academic advancement and avenues for using special talents and abilities. Our goal is to increase autonomy and self-reliance, empower choices, maximize dignity, and encourage positive social interactions and healthy lifestyles. Program hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m 

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The Farmers House Early Work Experience

Early Work Experience

Providing vocational experiences for junior high and high schools and individuals exploring vocations through job skills development in our markets, gardens, commercial kitchens and special events. Our goal is to help Farmers gain critical thinking skills and practical vocational experience. Activities occur throughout the school day in two-hour sessions on a weekly, monthly or occasional basis.

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The Farmers House Employment Services

Employment Services

Providing career exploration and discovery activities based on individual abilities, skills and interests. Our goal is to provide meaningful activities that support job skills development, vocational exploration and, ultimately, employment. Services are highly individualized and occur during weekdays.

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The Farmers House Social Enrichment

Social Enrichment

Providing social, wellness and life-skills activities on-site and throughout the community during select evenings and weekends. Activities include a variety of planned outings, recreational experiences and unique events. Ongoing lifestyle classes center around healthy meal preparation and baking. A week-long summer camp focuses on life, social, recreation and team building skills. Camp activities occur during the weekday at our Farm and in the community.

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Summer Enrichment

The Farmer's House offers a summer enrichment camp for people with developmental disabilities which provides opportunities to actively engage in vocational, leisure and recreational activities.  Camp is designed to focus on individualized vocational skills, social development, physical activity, along with life skills. Most importantly, participants leave with a new sense of self-confidence and purpose.  Summer Enrichment Camp is June 26 -30, click to sign up and for additional information, The Farmer's House Summer Enrichment Camp

Scholarships are available to assist with program cost, please do not let cost prohibit participation. Please contact Kelly Cogan for further information about any of our programs.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides that “no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” 

If you feel you have been discriminated against in the provision of transportation or program services, please complete the complaint form and mail or return it to the Program Director, The Farmer’s House, 415 Main Street, Weston, Missouri 64098 or email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Resource Links:

pdf Farmer's House Title VI Policy (137 KB)

pdf Farmer's House Title VI Complaint Form (417 KB)


The Farmers House

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

23200 Highway 273 - Weston, MO  64098 - 816-800-9386
415 Main Street - Weston, MO  64098 - 816-640-3276
4740 Rainbow Blvd. - Westwood, KS 66205 - 913-283-8402

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A Place Where Exceptional Farmers

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