making a positive difference in the lives of those living with physical and developmental disabilities and the environment.
Earth Angel Farm (EAF) is 100% volunteer based, 501c3 nonprofit organization started in October 2012. EAF is one of 177 Green Care Farms in the US.
Why a farm? A farm creates a mental picture of peace and necessity, where people can participate in a group or independently. In nature we find sustenance for our bodies and our souls.
What is a Green Care Farm (GCF)? A GCF combines agricultural activities and care services to improve the health of vulnerable populations. There are 177 Green Care Farms in the US. Ohio has the most with 13 active or planned farms.
Where is the farm? At this time there is not one location for the “farm”, but rather various sites, including Warren Greenhouse, and Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital which accommodate the specific needs of the individuals served through EAF. EAF goes where it is needed.
Anyone can participate. What we have found in the past 4 years is that our volunteers have many different physical and learning disabilities with varying degrees of abilities. Some of our volunteers don’t have any “disability” but are involved to make life easier for others and learn about horticulture, healing the environment and improving their own health. “By helping others we help ourselves.”
“Go to Health”: In 2016, EAF has launched the “Go to Health” Campaign. Our goal with “Go to Health” is to create affordable and accessible options for emotional and physical well-being. This community effort will also make available wholesome nutritious food from local vendors. The EAF Mindfulness Yoga course will begin September 9 from 2 to 3 pm at Hillside Rehab Hospital for 4 weeks. “Go to Health” will also encompass green environmental practices as we promote our green recycling effort.
EAF has established a “Sunshine Team” which visits Earth Angels in extended care facilities to improve wellness with animals and horticulture. Our Sunshine Team would be happy to visit your loved ones, just let us know!
We meet the second Wednesday of each month at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital at 5:30 pm.
EAF involvement with the environment, agriculture and health
The Geauga Trumbull Solid Waste Management has awarded EAF the Earth Tub, an in-vessel composter similar to the unit at YSU.
This $14,000 unit arrived in September of 2015. In the fall of 2015 we began our compost education campaign with our Earth Tub.
In October of 2015, EAF received a grant from the USDA for a High Tunnel which allows us to extend our growing season.
Howland Farmers Market past 4 years.
Raising chickens for farm fresh eggs.
EAF is designing a curriculum for a Nature Therapy Assistant (NTA) Program in conjunction with Chicago Botanic Garden.
The purpose of the EAF/NTA program is to educate the participants on working with domestic and small farm animals, as well as, horticulture as therapeutic tools, learn how to grow wholesome produce, prepare nutritious meals and understand healthy lifestyle practices.
The positive aspects of this program are: empowerment, learn a set of skills to reduce food insecurity, learn healthy lifestyle practices for emotional and physical wellbeing, improve social etiquette, and create potential vocational opportunities. We can make a societal change by improving the health of our citizens.
Jan’s Clan Epilepsy Support Group hosted by EAF
Meet the first Wednesday of each month at Zion Lutheran Church, 3300 Mahoning Ave in Austintown at 6 pm.
Jan’s Clan is actively creating social and educational opportunities for those who live with seizure disorders including transportation efforts and healthy coping strategies.
For more information on EAF please go to our website at earthangelfarm.org, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330-856-5003.