We’re gearing up quickly for the first pickup of the season! 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 button, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the farm office at 717.871.3110.
22nd Fall Classic Golf Tourney, Friday, September 21
The opportunity to shine with your friends in Homefields’ backyard, (a.k.a., Crossgates Golf Club), will come again on Friday, September 21, 2018. Save the date, and look forward to the fun of the Homefields 22nd Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament. It is our sponsors who contribute so generously and selflessly to make this benefit possible. We welcome your support again this year, and we invite new sponsors at any level to join us. Visit this page for more information.
picnic in the Fields, September 23, 10:30 am–3:00 pm
Save the Date: Sunday 9/23. Our 2018 outdoor event will feature the great food, music, and friends that have made this fundraiser an annual favorite. We'll follow-up with tasty details closer to the date but in the meantime, you can check out last year's sponsors here.
Civic Leadership Award
Homefields 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.”
Homefields on YouTube
It’s been over two decades since we bought the horse farm that started this all (really?!?). 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.
November 20, 2015 was a big night for Homefields and 366 other local non-profits that took part in a one-day event, sponsored by the Lancaster Community Foundation and sponsors. 65 people donated nearly $6300 to our missions. That’s enough to sponsor “Talks in the Fields” for two seasons and pay two months of our mortgage for farmland.
our history: a synopsis
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 mental retardation 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.
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.
In 1994, five families who love an adult member with special needs incorporated, pooled their finances, and purchased an eight-acre horse-boarding farm in Millersville, PA. 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 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. The Homefields Farm 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.