Join Us Saturday!

We have welcomed 6 new farmers this year and we need your help to make room for more! 10 future farmers are on our waiting list!

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A Night at Hiram Farm Annual Farm to Table Fundraiser Saturday, September 23, 2017 5:00 to 9:00 pm  Ticket price includes open bar, farm to table organic dinner and dessert, live music, dancing, and a bonfire. 50/50 raffle, basket raffle and hand-crafted items for sale! Call or click here to order your tickets now (we sold out last year)! Get your tickets while they last!

Table for eight: $450 (covers the cost of all 8 tickets, an additional $50 donation for the farm and your name in the event program)

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$50/person ($25 goes directly to expanding our program)

Call Hiram Farm and reserve your table or tickets now or to make a donation 330-569-3441.

Support our important mission to help individuals with developmental disabilities.

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The Farmstand and upcoming events

We have been busy in our garden and taking care of our new animals. We hope that you have been enjoying the warmth and sunshine like we have! A few quick updates!

Our Farmstand is open. Click here for prices!

Check out our two awesome upcoming events! Click here for more info!

We hope to see you soon!

Missy

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We want to hear from you!

Hello friends,

Thank you!

As a small organization with a big mission, we are forever grateful for our community of supporters. Whether you stop to buy eggs, attend a fundraisers, donate time/services or your generous financial support, your opinion matters! We have sent postcards and emails to you, our amazing donors asking for just a few minutes of time to complete a survey.

Will you follow the link below to let us know what you think?

Donor Survey!

We will be sending out additional surveys to others involved in the organization as well so if you are a parent/guardian, farmer or business associate, look for an email in the weeks to come.

 

Thank you!

The Hiram Farm Team

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Join our team!

Are you interested in helping others? Have you passion in organic food, crafts, gardening or animals? Are you inspired by helping others achieve success? Then Hiram Farm is your ideal workplace!

We are looking for dedicated employees interested in joining our team. We currently have full time and part-time positions available. Interested applicants must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screen, lift 50 pounds and be interested in working outside. Experience and a good driving record are highly preferred. Call or stop in for more information or to fill out an application!

 

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Happy Holidays!

As the year draws to a close, I tend to get reflective and this year is no different. As we expanded our mission and welcomed new farmers, I feel grateful. I believe in the work we do. I love the farmers and I am happy to be a part of the growth I have seen. We recently made a few adaptations to our program. We are allowing individuals more choice in his/her day. We have seen a renewed sense of ownership and excitement. The change didn’t come without challenges, but the exceptional and dedicated staff members have embraced the day and continue to improve what we offer to our farmers.  As we move into the new year, our focus will be on more community outreach endeavors. We will be looking for businesses in the community to partner with and explore volunteer and recreational opportunities. If you have ideas on how Hiram Farm can make a meaningful impact in our community, we would love to hear you thoughts!

Thank you for being a part of the Hiram Farm Family! May your days be filled with love and laughter and may peace be with your families!

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  Hiram Farm Annual Meeting  November 14, 2016

Hiram Farm’s Annual Meeting was held once again at Hiram College. Board members, staff, farmers and parents all came together to share a meal and discuss the past year at the farm. We would like to thank the National Benevolent  Association for their continued guidance and assistance with our printed materials. We were able to hand out Impact Reports for the first time at our annual meeting, and everyone was very impressed with not only the content, but also the design and printing. We are also very thankful to the recipients of our awards this year!
There were two volunteers who helped the farm so much this past year, we decided to have them both receive the Bob Lambert Volunteer of the Year Award!  The honors went to Robin Nall, a local artist from Garrettsville who comes every Wednesday to do crafts with our farmers and so much more,
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and Habitat for Humanity, who came to the farm and did a beautiful job siding and painting the outside of our new restrooms.
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Our Business Partner of the Year Award went to Clover Electric, who was hired to do the electric work for our new restrooms but then never sent us a bill! The gentleman from Clover Electric and one of our farmers, Charlie, also formed a special relationship – it was so heartwarming to watch them interact every day!
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And finally, our Champion of the Year Award was given to Wickliffe Christian Church, who made the farm one of three recipients that each received over $65,000 from the sale of their church building. This was a blessing beyond words, and Hiram Farm will now have an endowment fund that will grow through the years with us.
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Shawn was excited to show the impact report to Cody and Juli. To view the 2016 Hiram Farm Impact Report, click here!
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Growing Responsibly

As we expand our services and production, we believe that we must be responsible. Gatsby, our farm manager, has taken time to explain why we use organic practices on the farm.

Hiram Farm prides itself on using 100% organic farming practices, but what exactly does this mean to you? As a consumer, you can trust that the produce you eat from the farm is free from chemicals, pesticides, GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) and all synthetic treatments.  In the same way, the livestock on the farm is fed locally sourced, organic, and freshly milled non-GMO feed, meaning that the meat you eat is also pure and clean. All of our plants are grown from organic seeds and are mostly heirloom variety, thus they have not been hybridized and retain their original genetic traits and likewise contain a higher nutritional value. We look forward to saving many of the seeds from the crops to plant in the future years.

In the gardens, we use sustainable practices such as the use of organic compost, companion planting, and ground covers to suppress weeds and build soil/habitat.  Using organic methods is not only better for you; it is better for the farm and the ecosystem in general.  Furthermore, at Hiram Farm, we integrate a “polyculture” growing system by incorporating a variety of crops, as opposed to the “monoculture” crops you often see in the area with wide spanning conventional farms of GMO crops, particularly corn and soy.

Our farm is 100% free from toxic GMO’s.  Why is this important?  GMO’s are altered genetically to be roundup-resistant, which means that farmers can spray their crops with toxic herbicides, pesticides, mildicides, and fungicides containing glyphosphate, which the World Health Organization recently classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”  These crops have been altered genetically to a point where our bodies do not recognize it as nutritious food, nor can they metabolize it as such.  In the last few years, science is just now starting to understand the detrimental effects this can have on our bodies.  A large number of published scientific studies show that as little as 1 ppm (part per million) of glyphosphate will kill almost all the bacteria in the guts of animals.  A few ppm can cause oxidative stress, chronic inflammation, DNA damage, and even just .5 ppm is an endocrine disruptor (Mother Earth News, Issue No. 276, June/July 2016). However, GMO crops grown here in the U.S.  have allowable levels from 10-400 ppm! Furthermore, science is showing us that glyphosphate doesn’t degrade easily in soil or in humans, but rather accumulates in all our organs.  Glyphosphate is also patented as an antibiotic, further damaging the beneficial bacteria living in our digestive systems. Avoiding glyphosphate is one of the best things you can do for you and your family’s health!

Here at Hiram Farm we are happy to provide food that is free from all chemicals, pesticides, and GMO’s and hope you will spread the word.  If you would like more information about our organic practices, feel free to schedule a tour of the farm, or better yet, attend a workshop in the coming months.

If you are interested in placing an order, download our  2016 BEEF ORDER FORM and return it to info@hiramfarm.org

Orders will be completed on a first come, first served basis. Thank you!

 

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We are looking for a new team member!

We are looking for a caring and dedicated individual to provide safe transportation to our program participants. This employee will bring farmers to the farm in the morning using our new van and then take our farmers home at the end of the day. Applicants must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test, background check and physical. The applicant must be at least 25 years old with a good driving record. Paid training will be provided. The position is currently 18 hours a week 6:15am-8am and 2pm-4pm and may grow into a full time position. If you are interested please call Hiram Farm’s office at 330-569-3441.

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The Farmstand is OPEN!

 

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We are so excited to open our farmstand with our first crops from the garden! We currently have available:

 Romaine lettuce, Purple head lettuce, Rainbow swiss chard, chives, curly leaf parsley, basil and thyme.

Stop by Monday – Friday and we will be happy to help you!

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April is Autism Awareness Month

Dear Friends of the Farm,

I hope this note finds you well! Spring is always a very busy time at the farm and I want to inform and remind you of some of the fun things happening for us. Our baby chicks have arrived! As part of increasing our sustainability, the baby chicks will grow up to provide more eggs, some of which will be utilized in our chicken breeding project.

April is Autism awareness month. Every Wednesday we will feature a craft project that our farmers can make to take home. Check our Facebook page to see pictures of the fun we are having! Mark your calendars and join our team on these exciting, upcoming events!

 

April 22nd and 23rd     Hiram Farm Spring Craft, Plant and Flower Sale

Our highly anticipated spring sale will occur Friday and Saturday from 10am-2pm and will feature our spring craft and wood projects, body products, organic vegetable and herb seedlings, farm fresh eggs, locally grown annuals and perennials, hanging baskets, and our hydroponic lettuce and basil.

April 25th-28th               Hiram Farm First Annual Spirit Week

Each day we will show our Farm Pride with a different theme, like superhero day and favorite sports day and will include a social activity to go along with each day.

May 15th:      Second Annual Metzenbaum Run for Fun 5K or 1 mile fun walk, which helps raise money for Metzenbaum Foundation and Geauga Board of DD. Stay tuned for more details.

May 21st          First Annual Spring Clean-up

We are inviting farmers, families, volunteers and friends of the farm, anytime from 10am – 5pm to help us with several different projects. Any skill level is invited to help with things like raking leaves, planting flowers, clearing fallen limbs, painting and general maintenance. We will send home more details soon. We will provide pizza for lunch.

June 18th:      Lace It. Race It. Face It. Autism 5k and 1 mile fun walk designed to raise money for the Autism Society of the greater Akron area.

If there are activities that you would like Hiram Farm to participate, please forward the information to info@hiramfarm.org

Thank you,

Missy Bookbinder

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