Hiram College

The weather this weekend is supposed to be gorgeous and since it is October, this will probably be the last weekend for warm weather. Since the weather will allow everyone to be outside, why not come to the Hiram Farm and volunteer?

Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to grow, learn, work, and live in a setting focused on respect and support for individuals and the environment, per their mission statement.

Hiram Farm opened in June 2009 and was founded by Roger McKinney, whose son is autistic. The farm is located on 120 acres on the southwest corner of S.R. 82 and S.R. 700 in Hiram and was originally owned by Al Couch. This organic farm grows more than just food; they grow independence. Hiram Farm helps those with autism learn to plant, harvest crops, care for animals, and perform general farm maintenance.

Hiram residents and students have become involved in projects on the farm from colloquium classes to biomedical humanities majors, and some have just volunteered on their own time.

Hiram Farm is currently working on finishing their barn before the winter weather hits. Seeing as the weather is going to be pleasant this weekend, please volunteer and enjoy the beautiful weather! Working hours are 9:30 p.m.- 6 p.m. and Sundays 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. There is something for everyone to do and much help is needed, especially on Sunday afternoons. All are welcome, even those who are unskilled in farming.

If you are interested in volunteering at the farm, please contact Emily Yurcich yurcichel@hiram.edu

To learn more about Hiram Farm or volunteering opportunities, please visit the Hiram Farm web site.