Members of the Hiram Farm Community –
As you may know, recent months have been difficult for the Farm as we struggle to address the Farm’s challenges and identify leaders who are capable of bringing this institution to its potential. That process has necessarily required a great deal of change, and it was our hope that the recent hiring of the Executive Director had set us on the path to long-term stability and vitality. Unfortunately, events of recent weeks have made it clear that we must engage in seeking new leaders for the Farm’s future, a process we are starting immediately. In the interim, David Lundeen, the former CEO of the Cleveland Christian Home, has agreed to step in and direct the Farm’s daily operations. He will be assisted in that effort by Habilitation Manager Missy Bookbinder. Together, they will do all that is in their power to maintain the services the Farm provides to its farmers, and to put the Farm on firm footing financially and operationally going forward.
The Farm’s ability to survive and thrive is of the utmost importance to our farmers, and all of us who love them and this place. Though the Farm faces many challenges to come, we remain committed to ensuring that the Farm not only faces those challenges, but emerges from them better equipped to provide high-quality services for years to come. In the days and weeks ahead, we will be engaging in a full review of our organization’s practices in service of that goal, and we invite you to be a part of that effort. If you have suggestions about ways we can improve, please do not hesitate to let us know.
In establishing the Farm, its founders sought to create a place where adults with autism spectrum disorders could grow, learn, and work in a setting focused on respect and support for individuals and the environment. Over the past six years, the Farm has seen its efforts blossom and bear fruit. We are committed to continuing that work, and to the special service Hiram Farm provides.
Doug Brattebo, Board of Directors President
Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community