Growing for Good
A Campaign to Support Prospect Meadow Farm’s Vocational Training and Production Center
ServiceNet’s Prospect Meadow Farm—a therapeutic vocational farming program for individuals with developmental disability, autism, or brain injury—is embarking on an exciting renovation and expansion project.
We are 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.
Did You Know?
Since the farm opened in 2011, hundreds of participants have taken part in meaningful agricultural work, received a fair wage, contributed to the local food economy, and been supported in their personal and professional growth as they further explored employment in a variety of workplaces.
As a vital contributor to the local food economy, Prospect Meadow Farm is the largest producer of log-grown shiitake mushrooms in western Massachusetts, with more than 4,000 inoculated logs between its two sites. The farm also has 500+ egg-laying hens; dozens of goats, pigs, alpacas, ducks, and rabbits; and seven planted acres of vegetables.
Prospect Meadow Farm distributes its produce, eggs, and other products through its farm stand and retail store, 100 CSA farm shares, delivery to 20 area group homes, and several local grocery stores and restaurants.
Dedicated to addressing food insecurity in the area, the farm uses some of the money earned from these commercial sales to subsidize farm shares sold to elderly, low-income, and disabled individuals.
Prospect Meadow Farm participants reside in three of the four counties with the highest levels of poverty in Massachusetts. 15% of participants identify as people of color, consistent with the median for counties served. To ensure accessibility for all, including urban, rural, and low-income participants, ServiceNet developed its own transportation program with vans and drivers.
Prospect Meadow Farm participants can progress from the role of Farmhand to Senior Farmhand to Job Coach. Once a farmhand progresses to Job Coach, they are no longer a program participant and are now program staff.
Completion of the Vocational Training and Production Center project will allow Prospect Meadow Farm to add two additional work crews: one in culinary production and one in carpentry, resulting in at least 8-12 new jobs—further growing the area’s agricultural and food industry workforce.