Legacy Farms is helping individuals with autism flourish, grow, & enhance their chance of employment success

The mission of Legacy Farms is to provide support services and agrarian-based vocational training to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental and social challenges.

Why is it important?

In 10 years, 500,000 individuals with autism will age into adulthood. There is also an extremely high unemployment rate amongst those with autism even after graduating college. Based in the Northern Virginia region, Legacy Farms acts as the bridge between those with developmental disabilities and a career in the local agriculture industry. By supporting them, you are giving every unique person the chance that they deserve to do meaningful work in a competitive work environment, while inspiring them to become a productive member in their local community.

How do they do it?

Since 2011, Legacy Farms has offered therapeutic programs in spring, summer, and fall for young adults with autism to help prepare them for a transition to independence, employment, and community involvement by teaching farm and garden work such as growing seedlings, weeding and harvesting. Its new leadership program  also allows participants to build their professional relationship-building skills via 2-month job assignments in an apprenticeship-style model. To enroll in these programs, participants and family are invited to fill out an application form to join the Legacy Farms Community, followed by an optional interview with the support staff to ensure their safety in the farm.

How you can #TravelKindly
  • Choose Legacy Farms as your local charity when you book hotels with Kind Traveler
  • Visit the Legacy Farms events calendar or explore the Legacy Farms garden at Temple Hall Regional Park, Leesburg, Virginia, during the park hours on Tuesday to Friday mornings from mid-June through mid-August
  • Drop by their quarterly meet & greet fundraisers at Lansdowne Resort & Spa's Coton & Rye tavern restaurant to meet the team and support the efforts of Legacy Farms
  • Locals can contact the volunteer coordinator to find out about garden work days and how they can volunteer to serve ongoing needs, especially during the growing season

Local Hotel: Lansdowne Resort & Spa


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