Sowing the Seeds of Success: SU students help farm workers with disabilities
BLUEMONT — A Farm Less Ordinary employs workers with intellectual and physical disabilities, and with that comes a need for unique farming solutions. Workers sometimes have problems with their fine motor skills, making tasks such as weeding, planting seeds or harvesting lettuce a challenge.
To help out, Shenandoah University graduate occupational therapy students are developing ways to address these issues.
Good Housekeeping Magazine: Everyday Hero: Growing hope.
The June 2018 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine went into some detail about why we started AFLO, how we learned to farm, and our methods for working with Growers with disabilities.
Redbook Magazine: Build a strong future
We were recently featured in Redbook magazine, in a brief summary of three non-profit approaches for helping kids with autism. We actually employ people with a whole range of developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Winchester Star: Less ordinary farmers have higher social goal (Jan. 25, 2018)
BLUEMONT — Most parents agree: There isn’t anything they wouldn’t do to ensure their children grow up to be healthy adults with opportunities to thrive and be productive. It’s hard work for parents of healthy children. It’s harder work for parents of children with developmental disabilities. Parents Maya Wechsler and Greg Masucci are working harder than they ever imagined at their 24 acre Clarke County property that is A Farm Less Ordinary.
A Farm Less Ordinary growing successful crops, people
Bluemont-based A Farm Less Ordinary and Ashburn’s Topgolf are teaming up to raise funds and awareness for A Farm Less Ordinary’s mission to employ people with disabilities.
The two-year-old nonprofit farm was founded by husband and wife pair Greg Masucci and Maya Wechsler after the two became involved in the disabilities community. Their source of inspiration is their own son, Max, who is autistic and nonverbal.
Bluemont farm creates opportunities for those less ordinary
Maya Wechsler and Greg Masucci are self-proclaimed city slickers. Living in D.C. proved to be a difficult place to raise their nonverbal, autistic son Max and his younger sister Delilah. In an effort to provide a safe environment for their family, the couple made the pilgrimage to Bluemont after buying a 24-acre farm.