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Programs and Services

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Creating Opportunities for Growth

Our curriculum is designed to achieve two objectives:

  • To aid our clients who seek future competitive employment opportunities by identifying, developing, and helping them achieve their employment goals in the agriculture industry.
     
  • To provide an agrarian environment where those who participate will engage in an array of activities dedicated to increasing self-sufficiency while improving our community.

Our programming

Our foundational therapeutic program was designed for young adults to help prepare them for a transition to independence, employment, and community participation via production-based farm and garden work. This Summer, we are launching a new pilot program with a leadership track. This track will expand the curriculum for participants who will be taking on two-month job assignments in an apprenticeship-style model. In addition to farm work, they will be representing Legacy Farms by ensuring we meet our deliverables to selected partners in the community. While many of our participants are in their 20’s and 30’s, our youngest participant was 13 years old and our oldest over 60 years old. Seasonal programs expose participants to the hustle, bustle, and distractions of a working farm, allowing participants to determine if this is a viable career path for them. 

Our current program consists of three sessions:

• Spring (4 weeks): Establishing seedlings in coldframes, preparing the large garden and tools for planting, transfer of seedlings into the garden if/when ready, preparation for upcoming planting cycles.

• Summer (8 weeks): Plant care (weeding, watering, harvesting), job assignments and responsibilities, delivery to selected partners, and community giving.

• Fall (4 weeks): Harvesting, giving and donating, putting the garden to bed for Winter.

Our Seasonal Sessions for 2018

Our seasonal programs are designed to introduce individuals with Autism and developmental challenges to a farm environment. We introduce tools and farm resources, while teaching participants how to safely and properly use them. Participants also gain a greater understanding of diverse types of plants, how to establish seedlings, methods for transferring starts and direct seeding in the garden, as well as harvesting and sometimes sampling the foods they grow! Leadership program participants are assigned responsibilities to deliver to and maintain relationships with selected local buying partners and food banks.

In all our Seasonal Sessions, daily instruction instruction is hands-on, and customized to support each participant’s abilities, goals, and behavior plans (if applicable). Each day begins with a review of previous day's learnings and introduction to the focus of the day, followed by "hands-on" instruction in the garden. We close by reviewing successes and what we've learned.

Overview of our Typical Daily Schedule

  • 9:30   Arrival, Opening, Large Group Meeting
    • Today's Focus
    • Today's Schedule & Main Activities (with visuals)
  • 9:45   Transition to Small Groups and/or Individual Assignments with Task Lists
  • 10:00  Begin Individual/Paired Work in Garden (with task lists)

10:45  Break (15 to 20 minutes), New Tasks Lists distributed as needed

  • 11:00  Begin Individual/Paired Work in Garden (with task lists)
  • 11:45  Transition to Large Group for Wrap-up 
    • Review of the Day's Successes
    • Closing & Departure

The Spring Program: Seedlings, Soil, & Shovels

Wednesdays & Fridays, April 25th-May 18th
9:30-noon, Temple Hall Farm
See our detailed program description for more information, then fill out an application below.

Growing seedlings is the first step of gardening, just as the Spring Program is the first step to success in the agrarian workforce!

The overall goal of the Spring Program is to introduce the participants to the garden/farm environment, get them comfortable working with dirt, plants, water, the noises and smells, and other people to ensure each person is prepared physically and emotionally for a job in agriculture.

Participants focus on transplanting seedlings from the greenhouse into the Summer Garden and maintaining the garden to ensure crops are healthy and well tended. 

As our programs are still new and under development, we do not currently charge for our services. We want everyone to be able to attend! AND we also need to balance the financial demands of a working farm and staff to support our programs. Therefore, we request a donation for attendance. For spring and fall programs, we suggest $250 for participation in each seasonal program. 

The Summer Garden Program: Flourish & Grow

June 18th-August 10th, Tuesdays-Fridays*
9:30-noon, Temple Hall Farm
See our detailed program description for more information, then fill out an application below.
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The Summer Garden Program is in its fourth year of operation. Our eight-week program is designed to introduce participants to a working farm environment and to support development of skills that lead to viable employment. Daily instruction focuses vocational training, personal development, and the “soft” skills needed to get and keep a job. We offer a well-rounded curriculum with real-world deliverables to our local buying partners.

There are two tracks: Therapeutic and Leadership. Our programs are aligned along a continuum of development so that participants gain skills and move into different areas of the curriculum with experience.

* Our Therapeutic Program runs Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and is focused on core garden skills; we help each participant choose and specialize in an area of natural talent or interest.

* Our Leadership Program runs Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and includes two-month job positions in an apprenticeship-style model; we support professional relationship-building skills through interaction with other participants and presentation of our products to selected buying partners. All participants learn the skills necessary to work a farm and deliver Legacy Farms’ products to market.

In addition, all participants have personal development goals with an emphasis on the qualities of Grit (“sticking with it” for a job well done) and Gratitude (for the gifts of the earth, for our relationships with one another, and for the opportunity to serve others in our community). Our priority is that the character goals we teach and the work participants are asked to do reflects as closely as possible the needs of professional environments they will be entering.

As our programs are still new and under development, we do not currently charge for our services. We want everyone to be able to attend! AND we also need to balance the financial demands of a working farm and staff to support our programs. Therefore, we request a donation for attendance. For summer, we request $550/total for those who can attend 1-2 days a week and $850/total for those who can attend 3-4 days a week. Ultimately, the donation amount should be determined by you, based on your need and ability to support this programming.

The FALL Program: Autumn harvest, winter rest

September/October, Dates & Times TBD
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The overall goal of the Fall Program is to introduce the participants to the activities and responsibilities of harvesting, cleaning, and putting the garden to rest for winter. As with our Spring and Summer programs, we introduce new and returning participants to the garden/farm environment, get them comfortable working with dirt, plants, water, the noises and smells, and other people to ensure each person is prepared physically and emotionally for a job in agriculture.

As our programs are still new and under development, we do not currently charge for our services. We want everyone to be able to attend! AND we also need to balance the financial demands of a working farm and staff to support our programs. Therefore, we request a donation for attendance.For spring and fall programs, we suggest $250 for participation in each seasonal program. Ultimately, the donation amount should be determined by you, based on your need and ability to support this programming.

Admissions

Legacy Farms has a three-step application process. This is to ensure the applicant is a good fit for the programs and services we offer. The farm is a fun and wonderful place to work, but safety is top-priority.

Step 1: The Application

Each participant and family/guardian(s) is required to fill out an application. Decisions for inviting individuals to join the Legacy Farms Community are based on the potential participant meeting the entrance requirements, and the assessment by Legacy Farms Support Staff for how the individual can contribute to the Legacy Farms Community.

To fill out an application online or to download an application and send it in by mail, go here:

Step 2: Optional Interview & Visit

Next, we will contact you to discuss your application, explain the upcoming program's key learnings, and answer any questions you may have about Legacy Farms. At that time, we will discuss if you would like to tour the farm and see first-hand what our program offers.

Step 3: Acceptance & Final Paperwork

Upon acceptance, you will be sent final paperwork to ensure your space in the program is reserved. This will include any forms that require a signature, as well as determining the participant's scheduled days in the program.

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    Employment Assistance Services

    This year, Legacy Farms will begin offering a wider array of programs and services. Our goal is to provide our clientele who seek to work in a competitive work environment with the skills they need to begin achieving their employment goals, while still offering those interested with a day program that improves problem solving skills and promotes independent thinking. 

     
     
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    Agrarian Based Job Skills Training

    This service is a defined set of activities that lead to development of agrarian based skills for a specific career outcome consistent with the clients goals and locally available employment opportunities. The specified skill development is primarily at the farm or may be at a community site. The skills acquired will be appropriate for entry level work in the field of preparation and/or transferable to other job areas.


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    Employment Assistance

    Employment Assistance will be provided to those who complete our job skills training and are interested in seeking full or part time employment. Our team will work with you to determine your strengths and aid in finding suitable employment with one of our partners in the community.