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Plowshare Farm

Sharing joy, work, and meaningful lives in a caring community

Greenfield, NH   |  http://www.plowsharefarm.org

Mission

Plowshare Farm's mission is to create a community where people of all abilities, including people with developmental challenges, can live, learn and work with others in healthy social relationships based on mutual care and respect; where the values of service, sharing, spiritual nourishment, and recognition of each individual's gifts and contributions offer a model of renewal for the wider society; where stewardship of the land and care for the environment are valued; where families and children can find a balanced lifestyle in which they can flourish; where we promote education and healing through traditional crafts and farm life; and where inclusive community life enables the unfolding of each individual's highest potential.

Ruling year info

1985

Director

Ms. Kimberly Dorn M.Ed.

Main address

32 Whitney Drive

Greenfield, NH 03047 USA

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Formerly known as

Lyris, Inc.

EIN

23-2315224

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

People with developmental disabilities, particularly those from low- and moderate-income families, in New Hampshire struggle to find opportunities for education and employment that both meet their support needs and challenge them to unfold to their full potential. Traditional employment options often do not recognize both the individual challenges and hidden potential each person carries within. Socially, people with developmental challenges often find themselves severely isolated, without peers or a healthy social life. Plowshare Farm’s residential and daytime opportunities fill this void, blending meaningful work, practical learning, and inclusive social interaction in tailored, carefully designed individual plans that support the developing abilities and evolving needs of each participant.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Inclusive Community Life & Work

Plowshare Farm is a sustainable, locally-rooted alternative to the marginalization, limited work opportunities, and social isolation that many people with special needs face. At Plowshare, people with and without developmental disabilities thrive, forge deep relationships, and become innovators in a fully integrated, quintessentially rural New Hampshire community.

Plowshare is more than a program. It is a way of living that is sustainable both for people – including people with developmental challenges – and for the land. It is precisely this overlapping of intentions, social and ecological, that make Plowshare strong, unique and relevant. Our inclusive living and vocational realms support people with diverse capabilities to grow and thrive in the company of each other. Individual challenges are met while inner potentials are drawn out. By working together toward common goals, people with special needs become co-creators rather than the objects of someone else's work.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with disabilities

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of adults with disabilities receiving sufficient social and emotional support

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of adults with disabilities finding fulfillment in meaningful work

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with intellectual disabilities

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Plowshare Farm aims to create an environment where people with and without developmental disabilities thrive, forge deep relationships, and become innovators in a fully integrated, quintessentially rural New Hampshire community. Plowshare offers a sustainable, locally-rooted alternative to the marginalization, limited work opportunities, and social isolation that many people with developmental disabilities face. Plowshare offers a way of living that is sustainable both for people – including people with disabilities – and for the land. It is precisely this overlapping of intentions, social and ecological, that make Plowshare strong, unique and relevant. Our inclusive living and vocational realms support people with diverse capabilities to grow and thrive in the company of each other. By working together toward common goals, people with special needs become co-creators rather than the objects of someone else's work.

Plowshare Farm provides unique opportunities for people with special needs (including people on the autism spectrum and with other developmental challenges) to learn practical vocational and social skills, experience meaningful work, participate in creative and cultural activities, and build lasting relationships of mutual respect at Plowshare and in the wider community. Plowshare’s approach centers around vocational and experiential learning environments wherein people with and without special needs work side by side in a variety of settings – as farmers, gardeners, cooks, bakers, crafters, builders, storekeepers, and baristas. In addition to these vocational activities, people join in a variety of creative and cultural activities at Plowshare and in the wider community, including concerts, plays, festivals, contra dances, and more.

Plowshare has, over 30 years of deliberate growth, developed the human expertise and relationships, the physical infrastructure, and the organizational structures and culture to support high quality vocational and experiential learning environments that advance social therapeutic goals in a growing range of settings, including our farm and gardens, bakery, community kitchen, land stewardship and sustainability, craft studios, and café/store.

Over 30 years, Plowshare has grown from one to seven homes, each with its own constellation of adults with developmental challenges, caregivers (there is no traditional “staff” as we are all community members), international volunteers, and children who together form an extended family household. About 45 people call Plowshare home. Others, both experts in their field and those participating in vocational training, join us each day, and every summer we host a vibrant summer camp for 25+ adults with special needs who eagerly anticipate their time at Plowshare.

Plowshare Farm's impact reaches broader as a model of inclusion (in co-creative work and integrated social life) and sustainability (through our fully-functioning farm, organic gardens, and use of farm-based solar, geothermal, and advanced wood gasification boilers replacing fossil fuel sources).

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Plowshare Farm

Board of directors
as of 04/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Barbara Goldsmith

Bay Donat

Founder, Plowshare Farm

Thomas Quarles

Divine Millimet, Attorneys at Law

Kimberly Dorn

Director, Plowshare Farm

Roswitha Imegwu

Camphill Village USA

Kumar Mal

Camphill Village USA

Barbara Goldsmith

Retired

Ken Kunhardt

NH Community Loan Fund

Kim Pfeil

Plowshare Farm

Paul Corcoran

Retired

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/6/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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