Goodwill at Homefields Farm
Mission, History and Location
Homefields, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, was founded in 1993 and is the owner of our 28-Acre farm in Millersville. Homefields is dedicated to creating new life options for people with disabilities. The volunteer board raises funds to support both the vocational and residential programs on the farm property.
Goodwill joined with Homefields in 2000 to provide horticultural job opportunities for people with disabilities in Lancaster County, in fulfillment of Homefields’ founding vision.
The Mission of Homefields Farm
To provide job training and employment opportunities to individuals facing barriers to employment.
We fulfill this mission by growing food for the local community.
What Our Customers Are Saying
"Visiting the farm with my son and watching him run through the fields while eating snow peas out of the shell. I love that he can see food growing (and eat veggies that he wouldn't touch if served on a plate). We loved visiting 'Green Tractor' and 'Red Tractor,' and we enjoyed seeing Kim on Saturday mornings. We always felt welcome--the chalkboard, art day, and surplus of visiting puppies always helped! Overall, though, I'm pleased and proud to be associated with Homefields. Thanks for all your good work! (Which I know lasts all year round.)"
- Dr. Jeanne Marie Rose
- Goodwill® at Homefields Farm is east of Millersville, Lancaster County, PA. It is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm that sells shares to the public in exchange for a monthly supply of fruits, vegetables and herbs.
- The greenhouses are where we start our farm in miniature.
- The 'pick your own' fields are full of flowers, herbs, hot peppers and other specialty items. (Included with share purchase)
- Our acreage allows us to grow many different crops. Come take a tour.
- You get to cut your own flowers for your table.
- Your farm share can feed a family. The blackboard list of what can be taken home changes from week to week.
- There is nothing fresher than food grown locally.
- Here at the barn, your food is washed and prepared for you to take home, just like at a farmer's market stand.
- The Farm Crew.
- What will I get in a Share? Here is an example of a full share (half share will receive half of this) in August: 4 lbs. tomatoes, 4 sweet peppers, 2 zucchini, 3 lbs. potatoes, 1 lb. chard, 1 lb. spinach, 2 eggplants, 2 bulbs of garlic, 2 watermelons, 2 cantaloupes, Pick Your Own (PYO) hot peppers, herbs and flowers.
- How much food will I get? A half share is enough for one or two people, while the full share generally feeds a family of four.
- Do I receive the same amount of food each week? No, there are natural ebbs and flows in the growing season. The season will start off with fewer, lighter weight items like lettuce heads, greens mixes and strawberries, and will then progress to the heavyweights of mid-summer like watermelon, cantaloupes and peppers. As we move towards fall, the weekly harvest will be even heavier and bulkier as pumpkins, butternut squash, cabbages, sweet potatoes and root crops come in from the field.
- Do I pick my own food? Nearly everything that comes in a share will be harvested, washed and divided among the shareholders for you. There are always specialty items like flowers and herbs that are “Pick Your Own (PYO)” items that you can pick if you like.
- Do I need to bring any supplies when I pick up my food? We appreciate it if you are able to bring a reusable bag or box, but we always provide produce bags, shopping bags and pruners for your convenience.
- What happens if I am going to be away during harvest? You are welcome to arrange for a friend or neighbor to pick up your share for you. We also donate shares to local shelters- just let us know if you would like us to do that when you are away.
- How do I pay for my share? To reserve a share, please send your completed application from our brochure with payment or a deposit of $50 or greater. The application form can also be printed here. Shares should be paid in full by the start of our harvest season in June. We are able to take credit cards for your convenience.
- Is there a work commitment to be a shareholder? No work is required to be a shareholder in our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). If you have a special skill or idea to offer, feel free to let us know. We reserve regular farm work for the participants in the program at this time.
- How long does the season run? The first pick up usually falls during the first weekend in June, and the season will run into mid November. This ranges between 22 and 25 weeks, depending on weather.
- When do I pick up my food? You may pick up your food at any of these days and times each week:
Thursday- 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday- 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday- 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Do you grow sweet corn? Due to limited acreage, we do not grow sweet corn.
- How long have you been doing this and why? Since 2000. We are a CSA that trains and employs people with disabilities. We sustainably grow more than 45 crops and more than 300 varieties of fruits and vegetables. We are an organic farm and do not use pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
- Can I pick up a share at another location? No, the food can only be picked up at Goodwill at Homefields Farm. The farm is a tranquil, beautiful place to visit each week to get your food. You will see where your food comes from and get to know your farmers.
A unique gift for employees, clients, family and friends! This is a great way to intimately say thank you to your employees for their dedication throughout the year! We will make your gift boxes to include any personalized message from your business or organization. This is a unique gift for family and friends that you can be sure they won't already have!
The purchase of these gift boxes benefit an innovative program in Lancaster County that offers rewarding employment and training opportunities for adults with disabilities. The program does this by teaching horticultural/agricultural skills and growing food for the local community.
Small Gift Box
Lancaster County's finest products are nestled within thin wood shavings in this impressive yet affordable gift box. Included is a packet of College Coffee Roasters ‘Goodwill at Homefields Farm Blend' (makes 8 cups), an eight-ounce bag of the famous Wilbur Chocolate Buds, one eight-ounce jar of the local specialty Kauffman's Apple Butter Spread (a delicious Lancaster County treat that spreads easily on bread and crackers) and a delicious bag of peanut butter pretzels. Price: $18.95
Large Gift Box
This large gift box features more of Lancaster County’s premium yields that are specially packed in fine wood shavings. It includes a ½ pound bag of the local College Coffee Roasters ‘Goodwill at Homefields Farm Blend,’ an eight-ounce bag of the famous Wilbur Chocolate Buds, one ten-ounce jar of Kauffman’s Apple Butter and Kitchen Kettle Village Pear Butter (a delicious Lancaster County treat that spreads easily on bread and crackers) and a delicious bag of peanut butter pretzels. Price: $24.95
Please note: The deadline to order is Fri, Dec 5, 2014.
Boxes will be available for pickup at our farm on:
Tues, Dec 16 - 8:30am to 4pm
Wed, Dec 17 - 8:30am-4pmTo order your holiday gift box, please contact:
Scott Breneman717.871.3110Pick up your small gift boxes at the farm