To provide adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), those faced with disabilities, and those aging living with dementia the dignity to enjoy meaningful work, life, and social relationships in a safe agricultural community. Aside from that, give them the opportunity to participate as good stewards of God's bounty and to practice honor and respect daily at The H.A.R.D. Acre Farm, LLC.
Meet the Owners
I grew up as the fourth generation family on a dairy farm in Clark County. I loved everything about living on a farm, and somehow, I felt sorry for anyone who did not get to grow up on one.
I attended Ohio Northern University and graduated from The Ohio State University, with a degree in natural resources and agricultural vocational education.
I have three children named Heather, Kiel, and Lindsay. Eventually, the twists and turns of life landed me in Northeast Ohio, teaching Honors and AP Biology at Nordonia High School for 20 years.
When my son, who has developmental disabilities, aged out of school and needed adult services, we had a difficult time finding a program that fit. Eventually, I was able to be involved in a new program that was in a farm setting. It was a great fit for my son, but I knew I wanted to move back to Clark County and wanted a similar type of program for my son. I just was not sure where or how.
One day, while talking with some friends at the county fair, a gem of an idea started to take shape. In the summer of 2013, Jennie and I sat in her backyard, and a dream began to take shape. Ready to take on a new challenge, we took a leap of faith and started this small business, which officially opened in 2016.
My family moved back to Clark County, where I am now closer to my daughters and their families, including my three grandchildren.
Jennie and I have learned a lot and continue to be overwhelmed by the joys and blessings that we experience every day. It is a thrill to offer individuals a meaningful day in a supported environment, being productive and successful. Please stop by and see us at any time! We love being able to show visitors what we do.
Jennifer Hardacre was born and raised in Clark Co, OH, where she grew up on her family's dairy farm. She graduated from Georgetown College, KY with a degree in elementary education and a minor in psychology.
Jennie taught third grade for 20 years at Tecumseh Local Schools. During that time, she obtained her Master's Degree in Teacher Leadership, her Principal and Administrative License, taught Sunday school and church youth groups, and became a mother to her two daughters, Emma and Rebekah. She also purchased the 25 acres, which is now The H.A.R.D. Acre Farm, LLC.
While raising her daughters and being an active 4-H leader, she knew that the land had to be used for a greater purpose, which was to give back to others. However, she did not know how that would happen.
In 2013, while talking with co-owner Beth Snyder, a plan started to take shape. They decided that in three years, they would retire from education, start a small business, and open a working farm for adults with disabilities on that 25-acre land.
During the summer of 2016, the business became certified with the Ohio Department of Disabilities and Medicaid to provide day services to individuals, whom we call "farmers."
Jennifer has also received her certification in Trauma-Informed Studies. She uses her knowledge to help farmers and staff to work more positively and healthily by checking their feelings and emotions.