The Farmer's House
415 Main Street
Weston MO 64098
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 640-3276
Mission Statement
Our mission is to embrace, enhance and support the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities (our Farmers). We strive to help each Farmer increase their self-reliance, have positive social interactions and develop the skills they need to achieve their individual goals. Our vision is to provide  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. Mary "Peaches" Cunningham
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mission Chataeu
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2006
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer There are many ways to support The Farmer's House. First by referring youth and adults with developmental disabilities to our programs. Volunteer groups and individuals are vital to our organization in order to support our programs, a volunteer form can be downloaded on our website. Volunteer opportunities come in many shapes and sizes and include tasks like helping tend our gardens, assisting with an event or organizing and executing a group project. Monetary donations are necessary and welcome and can be made online through our website or by mailing a check to our 415 Main Street location. Thank you for your consideration.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Our mission is to embrace, enhance and support the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities (our Farmers). We strive to help each Farmer increase their self-reliance, have positive social interactions and develop the skills they need to achieve their individual goals. Our vision is to provide  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
We fufill our mission by providing comprehensive Early work Experience, Employment Sevices, Community Integration and Social Enrichment programs throughout the community and in the context of social enterprises that include our three Retail Markets, Cafe and Catering ventures and Seeds of Change vegetable and flower gardens.  
Our 2018/2019 Accomplishments:
  • CARF Accreditation:  In 2019 The Farmer's House received a renewed three (3) year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF  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: In 2018, 240  students 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. 
  • Community Integration Program has doubled the number of individuals served since 2018 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.  
In 2018, The Farmer's House received a wonderful donation of a building in downtown Platte City, Missouri from Wells Bank.  The two-story building will provide a central location for administartive functions and staff training. It will also serve as a home base for our Comunity Integration (Roots) program services. 
Our Goals for 2019 are:
  1. Expand the vocational and employment placement services to help more individuals with ID/DD become competetively employed.
  2. Expand the community integration to include a dedicated art program to allow for support self-expression and exploration of art as a vocation. 
  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
Capital improvement funding is a critical need for our organization to support program operations and safety.  Funding is needed to: 
  • Ready our newly donated building to house our Community Integration programming.  Rennovations include the addition of an ADA bathroom and small commercial kitchen and replace carpeting on the first floor.  The addition of fire doors and electical repairs needed to meet state code requirements for program operations.
  • Address structural issues at our building in downtown Westonm, Missouri that serves as a site for our Early Work Experience Program.  Needed repairs include tuck pointing to address first floor interior water damage and floor sinking on second level.
  • Address the eroding drivewy to our Farm location to improve access for busses transporting Early Work Experience program participants.    
A passenger van and transportation costs.
  • To continue to maximize community integration choices  and to support community employment exploration and job coaching services for individuals served.
Volunteer groups and individuals to assist with sustaining programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Service Categories
Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Employment Preparation & Procurement
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
MO - Jackson County
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.

Providing vocational experiences for junior high and high schools and individuals exploring vocations through job skills development in our markets, gardens, commercial kitchens and special events. Our goal is to help Farmers gain critical thinking skills and practical vocational experience. Activities occur throughout the school day in two-hour sessions on a weekly, monthly or occasional basis.  Students gain soft and hard vocational skills in a hands-on real world work environment that includes retail markets, a catering business, a cafe and gardens. Students in our Early Work Experience 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.
Program Budget $311,600.00
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 gain soft and hard vocational skills through observation, training and practice in real-life work environment. Students are able to explore vocational interests, set goals and learn new skills. Soft skills include learning to work as a team, positive social interactions and critical thinking. Specific vocational skills are developed by learning 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.
  • Three of the four individuals who participated in our new Employment Services Program and secured employment  participated in our Early Work Experience Program during their highschool years.
Providing career exploration and discovery activities based on individual abilities, skills and interests. Services include:
Application completion assistance.
Job interviewing activities.
Completion of task analysis.
Negotiation with and education of prospective employers regarding their role of full inclusion in the workforce.
Our goal is to provide meaningful activities that support job skills development, vocational exploration and, ultimately, employment. Services are highly individualized and occur during weekdays.
Program Budget $80,952.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Participants explore employment interests and explore employment options.
Participants set personal employment goals. 
Participants actively pursue employment opportunities with support of an Employment Development Specialist. 
Participants and staff address potential barriers to employment. 
Long-Term Success Participants secure and maintain competetive, communmity employment. 
Program Success Monitored By
  • Satisfaction of participants (and their families) who are participating in the program. 
  • Participants who secure and maintain employment.
  • Progress participants make in the job exploration, preparation and seeking stages.
Examples of Program Success
Since our Employment Services was launched in January 2019, four individuals are actively employed and have maintained employment beyond the traditional 90 day probationary period. 
Providing social, wellness and life-skills activities for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Activties are provided on-site and throughout the community during select evenings and weekends. Activities include a variety of planned outings, recreational experiences and unique events. Ongoing lifestyle classes center around healthy meal preparation and baking. A week-long summer camp focuses on life, social, recreation and team building skills. Camp activities occur during the weekday at our Farm and in the community.  
Program Budget $21,333.00
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 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.
Program Budget $539,035.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Short-Term Success
Participants maximize their overall independence and decrease their isolation through community experience.
Participants learn new or improve existing skills through experiences.
Participants gain an understanding of their options, opportunities and choices to define what quality life means to them. 
Participants develop and make progress toward their personal goals.  
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 Success is measured based on each participant's progress toward their indvidualized goals. Goals are set at an annual plan meeting with the participant. Progress is monitored through quarterly evaluations using data collected and entered into a data collection and monitoring system called Therap. Data is entered each program day the participant receives services.  Progress toward goals is evaluated quarterly and adjustments (such as new or modified goals) are made accordingly. 
Examples of Program Success For many participants, our Community Integration Program is a pre-cursor to employment. In 2019, eight of our program participants transitioned  into our new Employment Services.  Of these eight individuals, four are currently engaged in community employment. 
CEO Comments
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. 
Senior Staff
Title Senior Program Director
Title Director of Development & Marketing
Title Manager of Early Work Experience and Social Enterprises
Paid Full-Time Staff 10
Volunteers 765
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 30
Hispanic/Latino 2
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 29
Male 3
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. Mary "Peaches" Cunningham
Company Affiliation Mission Chataeu
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2020
Board Members
Ms. Judith BuchtaAtriums Senior Living
Mr. David Cunningham
Mrs. Peaches CunninghamCarnegie Village, Tutera Group
Ms. Michele Kilo MDChildren's Mercy Hospital
Ms. Susan Sweat MDKansas City Urology Care
Ms. Suzanne Zimmerman
Mr. Alan ZimmermanErnst and Young
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,274,381
Projected Expenses $1,274,525
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: 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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$303,846$178,699$6,785
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$127$350$0
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$114,453$68,033$50,127
Revenue In-Kind----$3,375
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$622,334$452,381$291,620
Administration Expense$43,966$30,119$26,941
Fundraising Expense$43,180$10,327$12,543
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.471.171.60
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%92%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,150,464$771,723$680,286
Current Assets$872,203$426,287$340,132
Long-Term Liabilities$179,204$171,290$175,341
Current Liabilities$52,133$13,807$4,388
Total Net Assets$919,127$586,626$500,557
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities16.7330.8777.51
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets16%22%26%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
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
Other Documents
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. Mary "Peaches" Cunningham
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mission Chataeu
Year of Incorporation 2006