The mission of AACORN Farm is to expand vocational and residential options for adults with autism or developmental disabilities in a supportive agricultural community.
AACORN Farm was formed early in 2011 by parents of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The group dreamed of bringing an agricultural experience and therapeutic farm activities to individuals with ASD or related disabilities in Southwest Michigan. Members of AACORN Farm are aware of the growing movement throughout the USA in which agricultural communities are providing meaningful and productive work for individuals with autism or related disabilities and also are offering appropriate, permanent housing. We are working to establish a farm community for adults with ASD or related disabilities in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.
We are making steady progress in developing an agricultural community. We have appointed a board of directors, incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2011, and were awarded 501(c)3 tax-exempt status in June, 2013. AACORN Farm is a proud partner of Agricultural Communities for Adults with Autism (ac-aa) which is a consortium of existing organizations focused on sharing best practices and advocating for holistic, agricultural based employment and housing models for adults with autism.
While raising funds to purchase an existing farm or farmland, we are not waiting to begin offering services. In summer of 2013 AACORN Farm began offering a vocational program three days per week at Tillers International in Scotts, Michigan. Participants are introduced to animal care, gardening, arts and crafts, and outdoor games that emphasize positive responses to others and teamwork. While we are grateful to this wonderful organization for offering their farm for us to use, we have moved to Lakeside Village Homestead due to a need for a larger indoor space. In September, the program will be offered four days per week. We are seeking adults in the autism spectrum or related disabilities who may be interested in participating. Contact us through our email address on this website.
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AACORN Farm continues to expand. Please consider a donation of funds, time, or materials. We are still searching for our 'forever farm' and welcome any partnership that leads to donation or purchase.