Hope Springs Farm has a fenced garden space containing over 40 raised beds. A professional, four-season greenhouse ensures that the growing continues year-round at Hope Springs Farm. Year after year, Growers bring a cornucopia of fresh produce to their table: sugar peas, onions, chard, spinach, shallots, potatoes, beans, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, strawberries, blueberries, radishes, carrots, peppers, basil, oregano, and parsley. Not only does fresh produce help sustain the Farm's needs, Growers are invited to take it home to share with their friends and families.
Growers also care for the farm's raspberry bushes, blueberry patch and the herb, and flower gardens. Daily chores include planting, watering, weeding, pruning and picking--depending on the time of year.
Our garden beds are currently years old and in bad condition. Your donation would cover the cost of a composite garden bed and a custom name plaque which we would attach to the garden bed.
About Hope Springs Farm: Hope Springs Farm's goal is to provide adults who have developmental and intellectual disabilities a day program to maximize their abilities. “Growers”, as they are called, take part in various community activities including volunteering in the local community, visiting local museums, swimming, taking field trips, and shopping for the supplies they need to feed their animals and do their crafts. On the Farm, our Growers have a variety of farm chores: feeding their animals, cleaning up around the barn, planting, weeding and watering their gardens. They also learn a variety of independent living skills such as cooking, baking and shopping.
Hope Springs Farm's Story: When Nina and Neil Rovner were looking for something meaningful for their daughter Miriam (Mimi) to do after she graduated from high school, they were disappointed with what they found. They researched programs and visited locations all over the country and decided they could hopefully create what they wanted locally. In the fall of 2004, they purchased a small family farm in East Hanover Township, Hershey, PA, and named it Hope Springs Farm. It took almost a year to complete the renovations. When the renovations were done, the Rovner’s realized their dream and the dream of many other families – a place for adults to enjoy a meaningful and purposeful day surrounded by the beauty of nature.
The Farm opened in October 2005 with four adult Growers. In 2014 Nina and Neil were recognized as the recipients of the prestigious Jefferson Award for their work in Dauphin County and nominated as a couple for the national Jefferson Awards. Over the years, the program has grown and evolved and serves over 50 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.