MPW.66 / 2014 The Farmer House Mom by Peter Mather
Peter Mather Whitehorse, Canada
Team Gilka

Story Summary

“The question every single parent asks themselves when they have a child with developmental disabilities is, Who is going to take care of them when I'm gone?”

My story is about Suzanne Zimmerman and The Farmers House project she cofounded. The Farmers House helps developmentally disabled people, like her daughter Anna, to find meaning and purpose through working at the farm and the accompanying market. Suzanne's desire to have some security and some control over Anna's future was the catalyst for the farm. It has become a beacon for people with disabilities.