Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community is a non-profit 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. Hiram College supports the Farm in a variety of ways, from service learning courses, to federal work study students, to collaborations on grant opportunities, and special projects. Students regularly volunteer on the 120 acre organic farm which is located in walking distance of Hiram College.
Operated in collaboration with the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship, this student-run fair trade store sells fair trade clothing, hand crafts, coffee, tea, and chocolate, with an emphasis on organic and sustainable production.
The Portage Park District is a leader in conservation of natural resources and a major contributor to local communities' quality of life. They promote and develop new parks and trails and provide recreation and education programs for the community. Hiram College is collaborating with the Portage Park District to assist in the stewardship of the Chagrin Headwaters Preserve and the Headwaters Trail, as well as general support for the Portage Park District.
Hiram College helps coordinate an educational garden and farmstead program at Hiram House camp each summer. Children engage with various types of farm animals, tend to the garden and harvest food, and learn about nutrition, global hunger, and agriculture. Hiram House was founded in 1896 as one of the nation's first settlement houses in Cleveland by Hiram Alumni and the current camp property was established as a "fresh air" camp in 1898. The 180-acre property contains ponds, streams, and forest and promotes environmental education throughout the year.