by Julie Davis Veach August 19, 2021
Here, adults with autism, brain injury, and intellectual impairment are successfully gardening, weaving, cooking, and assembling electrical components in a secure and nurturing environment, marketing and selling beautifully handcrafted items, and providing service back to our community.
We partner with manufacturers who outsource jobs that can be taught then performed repetitively with high quality.
We maintain public hours for visitors, school field trips, and festivals and we sell our fresh organic produce at farm stands and local farmers markets.
Long term, we recognize the need to create self-sustaining communities with jobs, housing, and social engagement for these too often forgotten adults. Watch Us Farm strongly believes in cultivating and demonstrating a culture of hands-on learning and engagement for Adults with Special Needs.
Watch Us Farm represents a simple idea: to provide adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to learn, work, and thrive in a jobs program on a farm.
Dinner at Dusk will take place on September 25, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. It serves a dual purpose - raising funds for the farm, in order to expand and raise awareness of its mission and vision.
The event will combine food, wine, entertainment and an auction into an elegant night under the stars. The evening will begin with a gourmet dinner provided by Sweet and Savory Catering, featuring organic ingredients grown at the farm.
Zionsville-based Grapevine Cottage will expertly pair a wine with each dish. For guests craving a sweet treat, My Sugar Pie, also based in Zionsville, will provide slices in autumnal flavors for each table.
Auction items include one-of-a-kind articles from the farm, like the hide of a Scottish Highland cow. The auction also includes unique donated prizes, such as Waterford lamps, jewelry, and baskets, as well as travel packages like a trip to swim with dolphins.
Attendees in evening attire will enjoy the delightful food and company, as the sun sets and the stars begin to sparkle through the clear roof of the newly built hoop house.
Tickets for Dinner at Dusk are $100 per person or $1,000 per table - a highly affordable price for the value of the event. Attendance is capped at 150 people, and seats are filling quickly.
“You’re getting more than $100 worth of a meal because a lot of it is 100% fresh, organic food grown on our farm,” Janice says. “If you come to this event, you know that all of your money is going straight back to provide jobs in your community to the people who truly need it most.”
This will be Watch Us Farm’s first gala, and the Agarwals have big plans for the funds it will raise.
In the short term, they’re looking into a hydroponic farm.
They’d also love to build a cooling water wall in the hoop house. Such a wall would allow heat-sensitive adults to work through hot days while providing a therapeutic, sensory experience.
Their bigger goal is to expand the farm, either by buying more land or starting a new location. The farm has limited space - something that weighs on both Janice and David.
“We have a long list of parents who want their kids here,” Janice says. “We need to expand. We just don’t have the space.” Expanding the farm would take Watch Us Farm one step closer to its owners’ ultimate vision - a self-sustaining community combining jobs, housing and education for high-functioning disabled adults. With the right setting and community support, Watch Us Farm could create a space for these often forgotten adults to live fulfilling lives in an environment designed to nurture their growth.
Watch Us Farm | Zionsville Private Non-profit Organization
9906 East 200 South
Zionsville, IN 46077-9702
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