Life on the Farm
At the heart of Hope Springs Farm is a 1,400-square-foot program building. In this homelike environment, program participants, "Growers," help prepare and share meals, relax, socialize and take part in a variety of therapeutic craft activities. The center has a wheel-chair accessible open-floor plan featuring a full kitchen and dining area, social room and a large arts room. Hope Springs Farm is planning to add on to this building, which will allow the program to serve more adults.
A picturesque farmhouse also serves the Growers and provides additional space for activities and program administration. At the front of the farmhouse is a beautiful, sheltered porch overlooking a grazing pasture that can accommodate more than a dozen people. Wheel-chair accessible paths connect virtually all parts of the farm so that every Grower can appreciate the different areas and functions of the property.
Gardens and Greenhouse
Hope Springs Farm has 6,000 square feet of garden space, including many organic raised beds. A professional, four-season greenhouse ensures that the growing continues year-round at Hope Springs Farm. This year, Growers brought a cornucopia of fresh produce to the table: sugar peas, onions, chard, spinach, shallots, potatoes, beans, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, strawberries, blueberries, radishes, carrots, peppers, basil, oregano and parsley. Not only does fresh produce help sustain the farm's needs, Growers are invited to take it home to share with their group homes and families.
Mornings at Hope Springs Farm are busy. Growers tend to alpacas, goats, pigs, sheep, cows, rabbits, a red angus heifer, miniature horses, chickens and ducks. Chores include feeding, watering and mucking out stalls. Growers also care for the farm's raspberry bushes, blueberry patch and the herb, vegetable and flower gardens outside and in the four-season greenhouse. Daily maintenance includes planting, watering, weeding, pruning and picking--depending on the time of year.
Afternoons at Hope Springs Farm are a time for Growers to relax, socialize, make arts and crafts, bake and cook, or go on educational and leisure outings and volunteer in the community.
Hope Springs Farm operates Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hope Springs Farm is a nonprofit under the David and Libby Rosen Center for Healthy Families, a 501(c)(3) organization. The program is operated by Hempfield Behavioral Health, Inc. Please see www.Hempfieldpa.com for more information.