Planned Residential Farm Community for Adults with Autism and Track-Out & Summer Programs for Children with Autism
Location: 102 Hyannis Drive, Holly Springs, NC (Camp Bluebird location, a division of 3 Irish Jewels Farm)
The mission of 3 Irish Jewels Farm is to create an environmentally sustainable agricultural community where adults on the autism spectrum can live dignified and meaningful lives with support in a healthy, safe and enriching environment and achieve independence through meaningful work, recreation and community involvement. In addition to adults living on the farm, school-age children with autism will be able to attend track-out and summer programs so that they can also experience the farm life. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization.
The goal of 3 Irish Jewels Farm is to offer a person-centered home to adults with autism in which they can thrive and continue to grow and learn. The tranquil agricultural setting will provide a well structured residence with safety, cohesiveness and serenity. Well-trained co-workers who are familiar with the resident farmers’ special needs will assist the farmers in learning and discovering new skills, encouraging them to reach their fullest potential. In turn, the resident farmers will experience appropriate and rewarding work, along with organized leisure time and social activities.
As a community within a larger community, 3 Irish Jewels Farm will strive to educate the general public about autism awareness and will invite community members to volunteer in farming activities and special events. 3 Irish Jewels Farm will collaborate with the many universities and schools around the Triangle and provide internships, classes, volunteer opportunities, as well as educational workshops and support groups to the general public.
Our long-term goal is to create a pilot program in the Triangle of NC, nurture it and grow it to the best it can possibly be, and then open more around the state, and then around the country. Because we know that we will be at capacity within just moments of opening, and there is a need for hundreds more of 3IJFs around the country. Please join us in making this happen... our fellow brothers and sisters with autism depend upon us.