Question: I thought today’s philosophy was to mainstream people with developmental disabilities into their community. Does your community keep them isolated?
Answer: The answer to this question begins with a philosophy. First, one needs to believe in self-determination. This means that each individual should be able to choose where (s)he lives, works and plays. While everyone has the right to be fully included in society, there are some people who prefer to have some time away from the stresses of mainstream life. This includes many people who have autism or sensory integration difficulties who are overwhelmed by the fast pace and crowded conditions of an urban or well-populated environment and prefer a quieter, less hurried life.

To learn more about the advantages of intentional communities, please see this document put together by the Coalition for Community Choice.

Question: Why is a farm a good setting for people?
Answer: A farm provides vocational activities, like working with animals, growing plants, baking and selling, that are meaningful and satisfying because the results of their work are readily evident (i.e., growing plants in a garden can be eaten). The farmstead is a less stressful employment situation for some because it allows everyone to work at his or her own pace away from a high level of noise and work demands.

Question: How many people will live in the community?
Answer: The community will be established in phases as we are able to scale up the housing. There will be a mix of people both with and without developmental disabilities living on site.

Do residents stay in the community all the time?
Answer: No, there are plenty of opportunities to interact with the outside community. Residents may have a job off the farm. Recreational trips may include outings to concerts, the library, movies and bowling. There will also be ample opportunities for visitors to come to the community.