Homesteads for Hope has a new home

Volunteers are working to clean the barns and property and hopes to renovate the farm house and turn it into a transitional classroom (WHAM photo)

Spencerport, N.Y. (WHAM) - Their mission is to help as many people as possible and to build a community farm so that people of all abilities can plant, sow, learn and work together.

The concept won Jenny Brongo and her family a $10,000 prize in a contest. They used the money to make a down payment on their dream farm in Spencerport and, because of that, Homesteads for Hope will soon have a new home.

The farm had been in the family for years; Jenny bought it from her uncle.

She is already working along with volunteers to clean the barns and property and hopes to renovate the farm house and turn it into a transitional classroom.

Her inspiration for this project is her 25 year old brother Charles, who most people call "Chucky."

Chucky was diagnosed on the autism spectrum. He will live in the house on the property along with caregivers and will work and learn in the classroom and on the farm.

Brongo said something like this isn't possible without support from the community. They have had people volunteer to help clean and raise money. They have also had contractors come in and help.

But they are always in need of more help.

Their goal is to create an organic farm, but first they must work to get certified. They hope to have the community farm up and running next year, and plan to plant tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and maybe some sunflowers.

Right now they have a pumpkin patch filled with 800 pumpkins.

They hope to donate them to service organizations and charities and are even offering to deliver.

You can also pick your own if you are a not-for-profit or daycare or school.

The public can also buy pumpkins and even pick their own.

They will be available between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the farm on Manitou Road.

Agencies who want them delivered should provide a cover letter and tax exemption form.

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