Homefields Incorporated

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Residential Mission:

To create financially secure, long-term homes in safe, family-like settings where there is respect for the individual in a holistic sense, and fun and creativity are revered as basic human needs.

Vocational Mission:

To provide agricultural facilities for individuals who prosper with supported employment; to nurture integration through community interaction; and to cultivate a spirit of volunteerism within our community.

Homefields is a nonprofit organization, 501(c)3

EIN: 23-2744180


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Homefields is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 to create homes for adults with special needs, and is the owner of a 28-acre organic farm in Millersville, Pennsylvania. Homefields is dedicated to creating new life options for people who have disabilities. The volunteer board raises funds to support both a vocational and residential program on the farm property.

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Farmer Bradley Hagens in front of Homefields' office, arms full of fresh herbs

Homefields Farm

2018 Season 

Sign up buttonThe greenhouses are hopping and the seeds are seedling! Click here for answers to common questions about our CSA program. If you’re a full shareholder and bring in a new full shareholder, we'll give you a $100.00 discount ($50 for a half-share)!

To sign up for the 2018 CSA program, click the yellow button above, shoot an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call the farm office at 717.871.3110.


Farmer Elizabeth on a hayride with smiling folks

Farm Open House Barn!

Saturday, May 5, 10:00–2:00 

• Meet the Farmers and have your questions answered.
• Take a Hay Ride at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM.
• Win a drum composter, free one-week CSA samplers, and more.
• Meet folks from Village Crest Farm mushroom share, Mirror Image meat and egg share, and the coffee share.
• Take home projects for kids of all sizes, even grown ups. DIY edible bouquet. Cookies, coffee, and more.

Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the farm office at 717.871.3110.


Van Gogh's "Starry Night"

Fun-in-the-Dark Golf

Friday, May 4, 2018 at 8:15 PM
Crossgates Golf Club, 1 Crossland Pass, Millersville  

Like the harvest moon, this phenomenon occurs once a year (unless we do another in the Summer, but stick with me here). Groups of six, nine holes, and a course illuminated by the light of the full moon, glowsticks, and the warmth of companions dodging glow-in-the-dark balls. All this for a mere $45 fee per golfer, which covers snacks, green fees, and luminescent gear.

Download a fillable registration form here, visit Crossgates pro shop, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details.

Talk in the Fields, June 23; Golf Tournament, Sept. 21; Picnic in the Fields, Sept. 23


Bradley Hagens behind a stand of arugula and pea plants.

First Friday, Lancaster

Friday, April 6  

If you went across Prince Street the other day, you may have seen our Bradley Hagens, giving away pea and arugula plants in front of Mio Studio. First Friday exhibits the energy and creativity of our community and Homefields was happy to be a part of it. This event provided an opportunity to get the word out about what we do here at Homefields.

Homefields on YouTube

It’s been over two decades since we bought the horse farm that started this all (really?!?) but here we are, expanding and evolving into local and virtual communities.

Yet it wasn’t until recently that Tom Strauss, one of our founding fathers, created a video that distills our 20-year history into under 5 minutes. Check it out.

Click on the “Watch YouTube.com” logo at near bottom right to see in a larger screen.



Distinguished Civic Leadership AwardCivic Leadership Award

Homefields has received the 2013 Walker Center’s Distinguished Civic Leadership Award from Millersville University, recognizing “individuals or organizations that make noteworthy civic and community contributions of local, regional, national or international impact and who have been a catalyst for encouraging civic engagement on the part of others.”

The reception dinner was Thursday, April 11, following a keynote by Andrew Slack, Founder and Executive Director of the Harry Potter Alliance.




In 1991, a group of parents and invited professionals came together to discuss the state of affairs for their children, and the plight of Lancaster County adults with intellectual developmental disorders and other disabilities. Existing programs were at capacity with long waiting lists. Our group, determined to build a step where none existed, imagined a more flexible environment where adults with mental retardation and other special needs, families, and the community, would partner together to create new opportunities.



The Dream


We wrote a mission statement expressing a desire for a financially secure, long-term home in a safe, family-like setting where there is respect for the individual in a holistic sense, and where fun and creativity are revered as basic human needs. The home would be situated on land that supported a small farming operation with year-round projects. This environment, with many on-going activities, would stimulate residents and offer them new options. Then we took that dream and made it come true.




Five families who love an adult member with special needs incorporated, pooled their finances, and purchased an eight-acre farm in Millersville, PA in the summer of 1994. Homefields’ philosophy is a nurturing, self-sufficient one, so the people who eventually moved to Homefields, with the help of their families, were instrumental in renovating and personalizing their own home. Everyone rolled up their sleeves to remodel a ranch house, restore a stone house, disassemble and move a fence, paint a barn, clean up the grounds, and plant even more flowers.

Three years after the first meeting, three adults who require assisted living moved into the stone house. Soon after, the ranch house was completed and three other residents moved into that home.

The Present

Ted hspace=The residents continue to live as independently as possible at Homefields. They are supported by the professional staff of Community Services Group, are loved by their families, and are protected through the watchfulness of family members, advocates, the Lancaster County Office of Mental Health/Mental Retardation, and Homefields' Board of Directors. New families have come our way seeking a home for their cherished son or daughter.

Homefields’ vocational farm program has taught work skills to over 200 farmer trainees. Hundreds of families have been nourished by the farm’s organic produce, grown by adults with disabilities and other barriers to independence.

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