Vocational

The individuals Bittersweet Farms serves have the opportunity to experience and participate in a variety of areas on the farm, all of which provide meaningful activity.

Animal Care
Animal care at Bittersweet Farms consists of feeding, watering, grooming, and caring for the barn animals. Barn tasks and chores such as dusting, sweeping, organizing the tack
room and animal supplies, stocking hay, and hanging bird feeders around the farm are expected each day to keep the barn functioning. Horses, rabbits, sheep, and cats make up the majority of the barn animals across the Bittersweet locations.  BSF 080216 1

Creative Arts
Bittersweet Farms' Creative Arts Program has three basic purposes: art therapy, art production, and art for intrinsic value. In our Art Therapy Program, participants create artwork that helps them communicate and express themselves, while also reducing anxiety. Read More 

Culinary
The day program participants and residents are involved in every step of the process when it comes to meal preparation and creating products to sell. One of the latest (and most exciting) endeavors has been manufacturing pesto! Read More

Horticulture
Utilizing a "farmstead model" with a holistic approach - caring for the entire individual - Bittersweet Farms harnesses the natural rhythm of living through emphasizing farming as a meaningful, predictable and fitting way of life. Read More.

Recycling
The recycling department collects goods from around the farm and transforms these goods into a new product that can be utilized on the farm or sold in the community.

Senior Group
The senior program enjoys social and community outings, such as community luncheons, shopping, and recycling.  This group engages in activities that are relaxing and therapeutic.

Grounds Keeping
The grounds keeping crew maintain the grounds by mowing, weed whacking, and raking BSF 060716 9leaves. The crew also is in charge of cutting and hauling wood to heat the greenhouses, using “green” initiatives, opposed to gas or propane. Grounds keeping also makes maple sugar, collecting the sap from the maple trees in order to make syrup for the farm and provide pancake breakfasts for the Day Program. 

Natures Hands
The Nature’s Hands group collects goods from around the farm and transforms these goods into a new product that can be utilized on the farm or sold in the community.  This group also helps collect the recycling around the farm and delivers the recycled goods to a local drop-off.