Farmsteads of New England, Inc. (FNE) is dedicated to empowering individuals who have autism, developmental disabilities and others with varying abilities to pursue their chosen path to live a meaningful and satisfying life by providing transitional and long-term supports and services in a rural environment that fosters growth, interdependence and self-confidence
FNE currently provides services in 2 locations; Hillsborough, NH and our newest facility Epping, NH. The Hillsborough location provides residential and day services while Epping currently provides only day services. We are in the planning stages for our residential units in Epping. We provide services and supports to 38 individuals and employ 80 staff. The individuals we provide services to have needs that range from those who require 24x7 support to those who only require support as a group. We are currently not a full capacity in our day program in Epping due to lack of staff. Our clients (called our farmers), spend their day in a home style atmosphere at the farm and participate in work, community and recreational activities. They show for their groceries, produce all their own meals and clean the farmhouse. Our farmers work the garden and care for the animals at the farm. The produce they grow is sold from an onsite farm stand as well as to area businesses and the elderly. In Hillsborough we have a mobile farm stand that allows our farmers, with their coaches, to bring the produce, eggs and other items to nursing and assisted living homes to allow the residence to purchase fresh items without having to leave their homes. Our fundraising helps to support the upkeep of the farming environment and enhance the daily life and recreational activities of our farmers. Our percentage of proceeds from fundraising that go directly to supporting our farmers is above 90%. While we target for 100%, unexpected expenses require use of funds from fundraising.
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