Hillside Builders: Growing for Good Campaign Sponsor Spotlight
Hillside Builders is a construction company that specializes in aging-in-place, group home construction, and modifications for access in homes and businesses. While they were doing some of this work at Prospect Meadow Farm, owner Michael Prignano met several program participants who enjoyed watching the construction, and almost everyone offered to help. They also talked with him about the vegetables they were growing, the new chicks they were caring for, and the new piglets that had just arrived.
“As a city boy who knew little about farming, I was ready to go home, plant some seed, and raise some chickens,” he said, “and my business partner was given detailed instructions from one gentleman about how to make chicken and vegetable soup using products from the farm. I realized then that this program was teaching individuals useful skills and giving them all an opportunity for productive work that might be hard to find elsewhere. We are excited to support Prospect Meadow’s expansion project.
What is the Growing for Good Campaign?
ServiceNet’s Growing for Good Campaign is a fundraising campaign to support Prospect Meadow Farm’s new Vocational Training and Production Center.
With the generous support of our sponsors and donors, as well as a $595,000 grant from the state’s Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development, ServiceNet’s Prospect Meadow Farm—a therapeutic vocational farming program for individuals with developmental disability, autism, or brain injury—is transforming the 3,200 square-foot residential farmhouse located at 103 Prospect Street in Hatfield into a modern vocational training and production center.
Updates include a modern, fully equipped commercial production kitchen and food packaging center, dedicated space for the farm’s pre-vocational program, expanded classroom space, an outdoor pavilion, and much more. These significant upgrades will enhance and expand participants’ experience, increase our ability to offer more services to more people, and prepare the farm for decades more of supporting our participants to live their lives to the fullest.