Our Bowling Fundraiser

Please join us for a night full or fun and support our  program!

Please join us for a night full or fun and support our program!

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Senator Eklund visits Hiram Farm

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 Hiram Farm was all abuzz anticipating a visit from Senator John Eklund (R), 18th District of Ohio who arrived on the Farm just after 10:00AM on Thursday, August 22.  Although the farmers were hard at work harvesting vegetables and completing special orders of patio furniture in the woodshop, it was easy to spot the man in shirt and tie walking the farm and introducing himself to each of the farmers he came into contact with.  Senator Eklund took time to speak to the farmers about their lives on and off the farm.  He heard of the hopes and dreams of some, the personal accomplishments of others, and the growth and expansion of Hiram Farm since its inception in June of 2009.

“The Farm is plainly a place of caring and love, and when you add the professionalism and commitment that you and the staff bring to bear, I just know you are positively impacting the lives of your farmers and their families.  I could feel it in my interactions with them that day,” comments Senator Eklund.

“We were honored by the Senator’s visit and his on-going commitment to assisting individuals and their families living with autism to live and work in settings that are supportive of their needs,” says De Ann K. Brewer, Executive Director for Hiram Farm.

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Hiram Farm welcomes distinguished Los Angeles visitor

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(Left to Right) Jason Bricker-Thompson (Board Pres.), De Ann Brewer (Executive Director), Dr. Candace Jeavons Wilkinson, Doug Brattebo (Board Member)

Dr. Candace Jeavons Wilkinson, Ph.D., is the Director of Operations and Outreach at the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART).  Dr. Wilkinson graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hiram College in 1978 with a major in Psychology.  She then received her master’s degree and Ph.D. from Kent State University.
The Center for Autism Research and Treatment was established in 2003 as one of eight national centers in the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research initiative, Studies to Advance Autism Research and Treatment (STAART).  In 2007, the Center was awarded two NIH new Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) grants – as one of six national ACE Centers and as the lead research site in one of five national ACE Network projects.  In 2012, NIH announced new ACE awards; notably, CART was the only ACE Center in the nation to get renewed funding to 2017 (ACE II).
Dr. Jeavons Wilkinson was a guest of Hiram College’s Center for Engaged Ethics, which will be orchestrating program events centering on Hiram College’s annual ethics theme on the topic of disability and ability during the 2013-2014 academic year.  Dr. Jeavons Wilkinson and her mother were able to tour the Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community, meet several of our farmers, and talked with Executive Director De Ann Brewer and Hiram Farm Board members Doug Brattebo (Director of the Center for Engaged Ethics, Hiram College) and Jason Bricker Thompson (Director of the Office of Civic Engagement, Hiram College) about the farm’s plans for growth and development.
Hiram College and Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community were thankful for the opportunity to visit with Dr. Jeavons Wilkinson and learn more about her work at UCLA’s Center for Autism Research and her passion for liberal arts education and thinking across disciplines.  Hiram College and Hiram Farm are both hopeful to find ways to collaborate with Dr. Jeavons Wilkinson in the future and look forward to meeting with her on her next visit to Ohio.
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New Pavilion

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Our new pavilion is almost done!

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Pavilion

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Our new Pavilion is just waiting for the trusses so the roof can be finished! We can’t wait for our shade~

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Come See Our New “Franklin Furniture”!

“Franklin Furniture”

A MUST see!  Our new workshop has been busy this spring designing and making our new “Franklin Furniture”.  Our “Franklin Furniture” is hand-made wooden outdoor furniture.

 Design your own patio furniture set with chairs, side tables and foot stools!

Custom Colors Available

Above are our Custom Spring Colors

Traditional colors also available

Chair $55.00 each – Foot stool $20.00 each – Small side table $15.00

Coming Soon!

Traditional wooden Adirondack Chairs

Also available in our Bright Custom Colors

 Traditional Colors will be available.

Place an order now so you have your new furniture ready for your first Spring picnic!  You can place your order at our Spring Sale on Fri., May 3rd 12:00 – 4:00 or Sat. May 4th 10:00 – 4:00

We will also be offering other custom crafts, organic veggies, non-organic veggies, annual flats, hanging baskets, hanging fern baskets and much more!

Our Sales are at the Farm 11485 Garfield Road and at the Farmhouse 11543 Garfield Road in Hiram

 

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Woodworking Shop

Our new Woodworking shop is up and running in our barn!  It’s so exciting that our participants can make Adirondack style chairs for your deck or farm benches for your mud room or use as a coffee table in your living room.  Its so exciting to see all the projects that everyone is working on!

 

 

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Art Therapy Room and Weaving Room Are Open

       

We are so excited to have our Art Therapy and Weaving Rooms open this last fall.  The participants have had a great time making many new rugs, pot holders and craft projects.  Our Ceramics program is up and running in our Art Room and wait until you see our new ceramic wind chimes.  We are continuing to make our unique soaps and candles.  We’ve also added some new projects such as Paper Mache’, tile coasters and bees wax drip candles.  Don’t forget to come to our Spring Sale to see all our new projects.

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Occupancy Approval

This last fall we were so very happy to have received our occupancy permit. This allows our participants to come to our farmhouse and use the Art Therapy Room and the Weaving Room.  It was a long awaited en devour but has truly been worth the wait.

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Wish List

Gently Used Patio Furniture

Wood Picnic Tables and Benches

Tiller needed for our tractor, single plow, wagon and plow blade
Powered Mitre saw and stand
Overhead radial arm saw
8″ Planer/jointer
Set of hand Planes
Metal Shed (like a garden shed) for repair shop
Shuttle Loom
6″, 8″ and 10″ metal files
Wood Rasps
Top soil
Cleaning Supplies
Work Gloves
Plastic Safety Glasses

 

 

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