The second annual Walk On for Autism event was held on September 24 around the lake at Voice of America Park in West Chester. The fundraiser benefits Safe Haven Farms and highlights the therapeutic equestrian program for participants with autism. The event brought out 163 walkers on a beautiful Saturday morning. Walkers, sponsors, and volunteers enjoyed miniature horses, pumpkin painting, balloon animals, and treats donated by the parents of SHF participants. The event planning committee extends deep gratitude to our Gold, Silver, and Bronze sponsors! We look forward to seeing all our supporters at the walk next year.
Safe Haven Farms is fortunate to be located in an area that offers expansive farmland as well as proximity to the city of Middletown, a few short miles away. The farm has recently become a part of the Pendleton Art Center in downtown Middletown, a collection of art studios/galleries where the artists and entrepreneurs work, and on scheduled days welcome the public to their studios.
According to Stephanie Stier, the farm’s director, having a studio at the center will provide an off-site opportunity for the individuals at Safe Haven to be involved in the city of Middletown’s arts and business district. The studio will provide a showcase for the farmers’ art work and offer resources, education, and events to expand awareness of autism and the farm among the Pendleton artists and the broader community. Safe Haven’s agricultural program will be showcased as well with the farm supplying produce to the onsite Café
Open to individuals with autism age 4 and up, the cost is $30 per one-hour lesson. Each lesson includes 20-30 minutes of riding time plus time to form relationships with the horses before and after riding. Lessons will take place on Monday and Tuesday evenings. See our equestrian page for more info.
A big THANK YOU to volunteers from GE who came out and replaced the vinyl on one of our greenhouses on April 15!