The Farmer's House
415 Main Street
Weston MO 64098
At work on the Farm!
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 640-3276
Mission Statement
Mission Statement:  Embracing, enhancing and supporting the lives of youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (our Farmers).
Vision Statement:  A Place Where Exceptional Farmers Live, Work, Play and Grow!
A positive supportive environment is the foundation of our programs which focus on the development and retention of life, vocational and social skills for youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD).  Maximizing employment skills, self-sufficiency and independence are critical to enabling individuals with ID/DD to meet their basic needs. 
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Susan Sweat
Board Chair Mrs. Peaches Cunningham
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2006
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Mission Statement:  Embracing, enhancing and supporting the lives of youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (our Farmers).
Vision Statement:  A Place Where Exceptional Farmers Live, Work, Play and Grow!
A positive supportive environment is the foundation of our programs which focus on the development and retention of life, vocational and social skills for youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD).  Maximizing employment skills, self-sufficiency and independence are critical to enabling individuals with ID/DD to meet their basic needs. 
Background Statement The Farmer’s House, Inc., received its 501(c)3 status in 2006 with the long term vision of providing educational, social, residential, environmental, and occupational opportunities for children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities in a rural farm setting. Beginning with the Seeds of Change program in 2010, Farmer’s House sought to teach individuals with developmental disabilities the vocational aspects of growing distributing and selling garden produce.  This Early Work Experience (EWE) Program started with one school district and Platte County Board of Services day program participating and now has over 9 regularly participating school districts including 100% of all Platte County districts.    In 2012 the first Farmer's House Market opened in the historic Vaughn's Apple Orchard Farm location providing another venue for individuals with ID/DD to gain early work experience supporting the transition from school into the workforce.  Today the Farmer's House has three market locations which serve the Greater Kansas City Area.  The seasonal farm location in rural Weston that hosts vegetable and flower gardens, a commercial kitchen and a colorful farm market.  The second in historic Downtown Weston with a commercial kitchen and the third in Westwood, Kansas with a focus on cultivating artistic abilities.  The Farmer's House has grown quickly with the demand for quality services since programming began in the fall of 2010 and demand continues to grow.  It is the goal of The Farmer's House to do what is essential to continue to be an exceptional, perceptive and innovative provider of programs and services for individuals with ID/DD in the Greater Kansas City Community.  
Impact Statement
The Farmer's House fulfills its mission through community integrated programs taking place in small business venues including The Farmer's House retail markets, Seeds of Change vegetable and flower gardens, and the Farm to Fork commercial catering kitchens.  
2016/2017 Accomplishments:
  • CARF Accreditation:  In 2016 The Farmer's House received a three (3) year CARF accreditation  (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) for the Community Integration and Job Skills Preparation Programs.   This achievement is highly recognized as an indication of The Farmer's House's dedication and commitment to improving the lives of the persons served.  
  • Early Work Experience (EWE)  Program: 205+ students since January 1, 2017 have participated in the Farmer's House's EWE where they have increased their knowledge of future employment opportunities that match their interests through hands-on experience in the markets, gardens and catering kitchens where they learn transferable employment skills in small business settings. 
  • The Roots Community Integration Program has doubled the number of individuals served since 2016 as a result of demand for quality programs serving individuals with ID/DD.  Roots is a well-structured daily program for young adults which emphasizes meaningful activities and engagement in the local community, including vocational training, academic advancement and an avenue for using individual talents and abilities.  
The goals for 2017/2018 are:
  1. To expand the vocational and employment training programs in order to train and prepare more individuals with ID/DD for employment within the community.
  2. Expand the community integration and personal care support programs into Kansas based upon demand for programs to maximize independence and choices for individuals with ID/DD.
  3. Continue to diversify funding streams outside of fee based services, allowing The Farmer's House to continue to maintain the highest quality of services. 
Needs Statement
  1. $60,000-$75,000 for capacity building/staffing for our community integration and vocational programs.
  2. A passenger van and transportation costs.
  3. $25,000 for equipment and continuing education in creative arts programming for the Westwood, Kansas location.
  4. Capital contributions for a roof replacement to our 170 year old historic Downtown Weston location.  
  5. Volunteer groups and individuals to assist with sustaining programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Service Categories
Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Employment Preparation & Procurement
Agricultural Programs
Areas of Service
MO - Platte County
KS - Atchison County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Leavenworth County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Buchanan
MO - Clay County
MO - Liberty
The Farmer's House serves individuals from the Greater Kansas City Community including in both sides of the Kansas/Missouri state line.  
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

One of the first questions any parent of a child with developmental disabilities faces is “what will happen to my child when I am gone?”   The Farmer's House was started as an answer to that question by parents, including myself, who dreamed of a place where our “exceptional children could live, work play and grow!” From the launch of the first program in 2010 with the Seeds of Change Garden to the kick off in the summer of 2015 of the ROOTS Community Integration Program, the pace has been brisk in response to the ever growing demand for creative, cutting edge vocational and transitional programs serving youth and adults with developmental disabilities. By patterning our programs around small social enterprise business models, The Farmer’s House has been 65% self-sustaining during the first five years of operation with fund development  dedicated to program capacity building. Our talented, passionate and dedicated FH support staff is joyful in their commitment embracing, enhancing and uplifting the lives of our Farmer’s beyond measure.   The Farmer’s House is financially healthy due the small business structure model, tireless efforts by the board of directors, our support staff and an amazing core of volunteers. The challenges faced by The Farmer’s House as we move forward include an ever rising demand for expanded programming, clinging to our commitment to quality while maintaining structured growth and continued board and fund development.  We are so very amazed by how far we have come which is a testimony to the need for our programs, and we are excited about the future of The Farmer’s House.

Description The mission of the Farmer’s House Market is to provide a community integrated hands on work environment that will provide practical vocational skills for youth and adults with developmental disabilities. The Farmer’s House Market is a festive and fun market environment which is open to the public. Located in the historic Vaughn’s Orchard retail space on Highway 273 between Platte City and Weston, Missouri, the Market sells locally grown and produced “farm to table” products such as vegetables, plants, fruit, honey, cheese, and farm and home related items. The Market also has an upstairs dining/meeting room which can be reserved for groups from the community. Participants in the Farmer’s House Market program learn a variety of skills related to running a small business, including operating a cash register, customer service, stocking and pricing merchandise, cleaning, maintenance, and more.
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, ,
Short-Term Success Participants take great pride in being able to achieve program goals and develop self-esteem and confidence through their abilities to provide meaningful contributions to the work environment at The Farmer’s House Market. From greater ability to interact with customers to being able to provide and maintain, stock, and successfully operate the Market, participants thrive and grow as they become more competent and productive. Participants may also become ambassadors for the program as they demonstrate their learned skills to the customers of the Market, and often are the most effective advertising due to their enthusiasm and optimism.
Long-Term Success Participants in The Farmer’s House Market program are taught various skills including how to operate a cash register, make change, stock shelves, to plan, maintain, and harvest the market garden, cleaning and maintenance of the retail space, customer service and much more. Ultimately program participants are then prepared for employment within the community.
Program Success Monitored By The number of participants in the Market program continues to increase. Job coaches help to train participants and school districts often refer potential participants. The Market pays for all program costs except for program staffing. The Market enjoys amazing community support as demonstrated by the number of volunteers and customers each year.
Examples of Program Success
  • Former special education student, Nicole, was employed at The Farmer’s House Market helping groups who reserve the upstairs dining room by acting as a server for luncheons. Nicole also packaged foods sold at the Market, stocked shelves, and tended flowers in the garden. Nicole was then hired as a greeter at the Platte County Courthouse. She went through the Farmer’s House Market training program and successfully transitioned into her current position, from which she derives personal satisfaction and pride, in addition to earning a paycheck. 
  • Other participants successfully transitioned from the Market Program to positions at the YMCA, a local bank, at the County Courthouse, and in local food service. As we expand our social enterprise businesses, the opportunities for employment of individuals in the community at fair market wages improve. The Market program currently serves approximately sixty individuals as participants.
Description The Seeds of Change program was started in 2010. Initial participants were Platte R111 High School’s Special Education Classroom and the Platte County Board of Services Day Rehabilitation Program. The purpose of the program was to have student participants plant and maintain a garden, which would give them the skills and experience by teaching them how to plan out a garden, work together to prepare, plant, and maintain it, then how to harvest it and distribute the produce. At the end of the first season it was determined that the garden had benefited the students and adults who had participated by giving them not only the above skills, but also gave them the understanding of how to have healthy eating habits by enjoying the bounty of the garden. This successful program has branched out to more schools in subsequent years and was the inspiration for the Farmer’s House Market Program, which complements the “farm to table” goal of The Farmer’s House organization.
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, ,
Short-Term Success Participants gain many skills through this program: planning, planting, tending to the plants, and harvesting fruits and vegetables. Additionally the participants take great ownership and pride in the garden and enjoy looking up recipes that use the fruits and vegetables grown. The Seeds of Change program also serves as a means of recreation for participants and they express happiness and satisfaction as a result. Participants eagerly anticipate their next sessions in the garden and enthusiastically work to complete the necessary tasks to ensure that the crops are properly planted, maintained, and harvested. Each participant has a valued role on the team and contributes to overall success of the program.
Long-Term Success Participants in this program learn valuable skills consisting of, but not limited to, teamwork and cooperation, planning, plant maintenance and care, how to harvest and utilize the produce. The teamwork and skills related to working in cooperation in the garden are skills that will benefit the participants in other areas of their lives and in future employment opportunities. Participants develop confidence in their abilities and knowledge about plants and the produce they raise.
Program Success Monitored By
  • The number of participating schools has increased, which means that there are more participants overall and, accordingly, a greater community impact. Participants learn skills such as teamwork and cooperation and have an understanding of work ethics that might allow them to transition successfully into other employment opportunities. During visits to The Farmer’s House participating students obtain early work experience and career development, which prepares them for adult services.
  • Participants are trained in farming and related skills and become more employable as a result.
  • One mark of success for the program is that a local pumpkin farm has approached the program to hire seasonal help from among the participants in the program.
  • The program also has a resonating community impact in that local groups or individuals derive great personal satisfaction in volunteering and purchasing products in order to benefit those who have developmental disabilities.
Examples of Program Success
  • One older participant who has participated for well over a year is likely to never be employed in the community due to his age, yet he enthusiastically anticipates his time spent each day in the program, donning his cowboy hat and cowboy boots or his John Deere hat and work boots to work in the garden. He is especially enthusiastic about harvesting, in particular. 
  • Many participants express great satisfaction in completing their program-related tasks, as they feel that they are contributing members of a successful team. 
  • Local consumers also support the program through patronage and by publicizing the Farmer’s House programs throughout the community. This creates a robust environment that can support more participants and give more individuals valuable skills to transition into satisfying employment within the community. Even those participants who are not able or do not choose to transition into employment derive great satisfaction in the recreational aspects of the program.
Description This program trains intellectually disabled participants to plan for and prepare foods that are sold in the Market or used in the Farm to Fork Catering program. The program provides recreational opportunities for participants as well as giving them vocational skills. Not only do participants learn food safety, but they also learn how to package, market, and sell the products they produce. From pies and dumplings to dip mixes and soup mixes, the products are delicious and marketable either through the Market or through the catering program. Participants take great pride and satisfaction in preparing foods that are attractive and tasty. The Flour Sack Baking Program enriches the lives of participants through their mastery of cooking skills and the enjoyment of cooperation and teamwork. The participants also enjoy the recreational aspect of the program and eagerly anticipate each session.
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, ,
Short-Term Success Participants typically have little to no food preparation skills prior to beginning the Flour Sack program, but they are instructed to properly measure and safely prepare food products and to store and package the products. This skill set helps participants to gain confidence and they are proud of the end product. Participants have a tremendous work ethic and learn to cooperate with other team members to produce an attractive and delicious end product. Individual participants also enjoy the recreational value of this program and find it to be a good way to socialize and relax as well. This transition program addresses each student’s individual academic goals, vocational skill enhancement, social skill development, physical activity, and life skills.
Long-Term Success The participants in the Flour Sack Program learn valuable skills such as safe food preparation, packaging, and marketing, which prepare the participants for employment in the community. Additionally, participants learn to work as a team, which further facilitates transition to a work environment. Participants develop self-confidence as a result of their competence and ability to carry out the necessary tasks related to the program, and they are proud of the delicious products they produce.
Program Success Monitored By Individualized Education Plans developed by student teams create goals which develop life skills that will ensure that each individual is prepared to make the transition from student to adulthood. The time spent exploring and engaging in a variety of employment opportunities at The Farmer’s House is embedded in individual goals. Products from this program are sold daily in the Market or through the catering program. The participants gain skills and knowledge that allow them to transition successfully to employment within the community, as well as providing a valuable recreational outlet for all participants. The number of participants continues to grow, leading to the expansion of the program into three locations. The popularity of this program and the increasing number of special requests for products from individuals and businesses throughout the community led to the birth of one of the newest programs, the Farm to Fork Catering Program.
Examples of Program Success
Participants from this program have successfully moved on to employment with local bakeries and caterers within the last year. Skills learned through the program itself enabled these participants to successfully transition to employment.
Participants also derive great satisfaction in doing a job well and producing high quality foods and mixes that are enjoyed by consumers. The line of mixes and products produced by the program continues to grow and expand to meet demand. Participants learn about the value of promotion and marketing when they package and label the products and are proud of the professional quality of their food products.
Teamwork and social skills are an important byproduct of the program and greatly benefit program participants as they prepare to transition into more traditional employment situations.
Description Inspired by the success and popularity of the Flour Sack Program, the Farm to Fork Catering Program is a full service catering program serving the Platte County area. Customers, both individuals and businesses, can hire Farm to Fork Catering to provide and serve high quality, and delicious, food for special events such as weddings and parties. Participants in the program help to prepare meals, deliver them, and serve them. The program is gaining recognition in the community and is increasing its presence at local events as a result of popular demand. Skills learned by participants in this program can be used in various employment opportunities throughout the community.
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, ,
Short-Term Success Participants in the Farm to Fork Catering program take pride in newly acquired skills and become competent and confident in their ability to succeed as they master various jobs in the program. The participants benefit from social role valorization, or recognition that each participant has a valued role within the community. The program helps to connect participants with the community in which they live, while at the same time it helps to educate the community about the participants which it serves. The program is able to compete with other traditional catering services in the market, which makes the individual participants able to seek out similar jobs when they transition out of the program.
Long-Term Success The Farm to Fork Catering program allows participants to experience the opportunity to learn valuable skills in the areas of food preparation, food service, customer service, and in the promotion of the Farmer’s House programs. The values of teamwork, cooperation, and positive attitude are stressed and integrated into the program as well. Participants take pride in providing a valuable service and doing the job well.
Program Success Monitored By The Farm to Fork Catering Program continues to grow in response to increased demand from the community. The number of events catered has grown in the past year as satisfied customers refer friends and acquaintances for catering events. The program has had to add more staff and has hired more participants to keep up with the demand, and is increasingly recognized within the community as a valuable asset. Participants develop skills that make them employable within the community and beyond. A measure of success will be the increasing number of participants who successfully transition into the workplace beyond the program.
Examples of Program Success The Farm to Fork Catering Program has catered Weston’s Historic Candlelight tour, as well as weddings; school sports teams’ box lunches, teacher appreciation events, tailgate parties, bank functions, etc. Five individuals with developmental disabilities are currently employed by the program to assist with catering events. Members of the public, both individuals and businesses, seek out the Farm to Fork Catering Program to provide food and food service for the special events in their lives and in the life of the community. The program has become a trusted service in the community and participants reap the reward of a stellar reputation for customer service and work ethic, as well as food service preparedness. The skills participants learn in the Farm to Fork Catering program lead to valued roles within the community and the participants express pride and confidence as they move through catering events, and eventually transition into more traditional work settings.
Description The newest program at Farmer’s House is the Roots Community Integration Program, which is designed to provide all day activities for a small group of participants in different locations within the Kansas City area. While there will be some vocational training incorporated into the program, there will also be ample recreational activities designed to enrich the lives of the participants and give them socialization opportunities within the community. Intended to serve as a day program, the Roots Community Integration program will allow participants to engage in social enterprises as they are able and according to each one’s interest.
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, ,
Short-Term Success As this is a new program, we will be updating this section with success stories in the near future.
Long-Term Success Participants who are unable to transition into work environments within the community are able to attend the Roots Community Integration program on a daily basis and take part in various activities that will enrich their lives and allow them to have opportunities to socialize and enjoy life within their communities. This program focuses on recreational and life enriching activities to provide a better quality of life for participants.
Program Success Monitored By As this is a new program, we will be updating this section with success stories in the near future.
Examples of Program Success As this is a new program, we will be updating this section with success stories in the near future.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Susan Sweat
Term Start June 2016
Experience Susan Sweat has extensive non-profit board experience and is a doctor of urology and partner in a private practice. 
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Title Director of Development & Marketing
Paid Full-Time Staff 8
Paid Part-Time Staff 16
Volunteers 765
Paid Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 2
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 23
Male 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
External Assessment and Accreditations
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Community Integration - 3 Year2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Peaches Cunningham
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2020
Board Members
Ms. Judith Buchta Atriums Senior Living
Mr. David Cunningham
Mrs. Peaches Cunningham Carnegie Village, Tutera Group
Ms. Michele Kilo MDChildren's Mercy Hospital
Ms. Susan Sweat MDKansas City Urology Care
Ms. Suzanne Zimmerman
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $1,227,885
Projected Expenses $1,217,076
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$6,785$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$50,127$0$7,565
Revenue In-Kind$3,375$0$8,250
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$291,620$206,408$121,811
Administration Expense$26,941$22,922$18,986
Fundraising Expense$12,543$2,278$937
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.601.321.72
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%89%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%2%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$680,286$315,600$255,184
Current Assets$340,132$259,454$189,649
Long-Term Liabilities$175,341$0$0
Current Liabilities$4,388$3,288$16,144
Total Net Assets$500,557$312,312$239,040
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities77.5178.9111.75
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets26%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose   
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Name The Farmer's House
Address 415 Main Street
Weston, MO 64098
Primary Phone (816) 640-3276
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Susan Sweat
Board Chair Mrs. Peaches Cunningham
Year of Incorporation 2006