Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community
PO Box 157
Hiram, OH 44234
The Hiram Farm is a church-related non-profit social service agency. We are related to the Christian Church in Ohio (Disciples of Christ) as an agency that serves people on behalf of the whole church. The Farm opened its Day Adult Services Program in June, 2009. Our mission is to provide opportunities for person with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to grow, learn, work and live in a setting focused on respect and support for individuals and the environment.
It is a community project, begun through efforts of Hiram Christian Church in Hiram, Ohio and from a large group of volunteers in the area, that seeks to provide employment and therapeutic activities that will offer security, individual growth and personal fulfillment to our participants.
Hiram Farm is fortunate to have acquired a long-term lease on a 120-acre organic farm in Hiram, Ohio. The farm was owned by the late Al Couch who was a pioneer in organic farming in Ohio. The farm is protected by a very strict conservation easement that permits only organic farming. Our dual purpose is to provide meaningful work activities in an agriculture based setting for persons with Autism, while at the same time practicing and demonstrating organic, sustainable farming techniques.
Our vision is to serve as many as 100 persons withASDin the Day Habilitation program on the Farm and eventually to provide residential housing for several others. We will offer therapy services, respite care and other support services to people with Autism and their families throughout northeast Ohio.
Much of our operating funds come from reimbursements from the state of Ohio for services we provide to our participants. The reimbursements are, however, not adequate to provide the kind of supports often needed for persons with Autism. We are dependent on donations from individuals, churches and groups to help underwrite our operating budget and our capital needs. We are indeed grateful for all of the support that has helped us to launch and fund our developing program.
HIRAM FARM--Meaningful work and community support for persons with Autism.