We have a big vision

Mustang Acres is a small non-profit farm with a big vision.

We are a farm for all levels of ability

We are run by volunteers who are primarily family and friends of persons with disabilities.

The vision of Mustang Acres is to provide Green Care to the neurodiverse population through agriculture and farm based activities. We are a Climate Beneficial™ Transitional (CBT) farm. We are producers of sustainable fiber. We envision broadening our scope to becoming producers of vegetables and fruit grown using organic practices. Our farm is all about building community. We seek to connect with schools and other interested parties to develop experiential educational programs that teach about farming, nutrition and solutions for climate change. Mustang Acres will be the “watering hole” where community members gather, interact, play, learn and work together.

Our Vision

  • To provide thoughtfully planned space for Green Care and multifunctional agriculture
  • Advancing equity and social justice for persons with disabilities through participation in agriculture
  • Improving overall health of participants through engagement in agriculture and animal husbandry activities. The activities encourage physical movement, gross and fine motor planning, which offers a method of tackling the effects of obesity, anxiety and depression, and other mental health disorders
  • To provide sensory experiences through movement, sound, smell, and visual stimuli found in nature, to promote sensory regulation
  • Providing opportunities for non-classroom based experiential learning, and possible partnerships with schools and programs to support education about regenerative agriculture, human impact on climate change, and horticulture therapy
  • Produce organically grown fresh produce with the potential for forming farm to school partnerships to connect students to locally sourced produce
  • Potential for partnerships with local food banks to donate excess produce to food insecure communities
  • A safe environment for engagement in activities that bring people close to nature
  • Vocational training through engagement in farm based activities to increase employability by providing opportunities for skill development

Community

We are a community of families and friends of persons with special needs.

We are gardeners, teachers and educators, therapists, tech workers, retirees, parents and grandparents, siblings, health care providers, and full time caregivers of persons with disabilities. Some of us have green thumbs, some have brown thumbs.

We come from all walks of life, with our varied and colorful lived experiences.

We have all been touched by disabilities and are committed to inclusivity for the neurodiverse population in agriculture.

Carbon Farming

Our farm is committed to being part of the climate change solution. We implement carbon farming practices including prescribed grazing and mulching to increase the rates of carbon sequestration into the soil, to enhance soil health and increase its water holding capacity. We continue to work towards implementing a Carbon Farm Plan. We are proud to partner with Fibershed, a non-profit organization which has a mission to support the emergence of regional, regenerative fiber systems. We are a certified Fibershed producer of sustainable fiber, and we have achieved Fibershed’s Climate Beneficial™ Transitional (CBT) status. We continue to work towards becoming Climate Beneficial™ Verified.