Hope Farm at MLK High School

The Hope Farm at Martin Luther King High School began in 2014 to teach life skills related to urban farming and nutrition to students with intellectual disabilities (ID) and autism. This horticultural therapy program provides experiential learning that connects classroom lessons with real-life application, focusing on practical and vocational life skills that lead to increased independence. Through the process of working in the garden and greenhouse, students learn valuable life skills such as cooperatively completing tasks, following multi-step directions, developing fine and gross motor functions, and learning food production, simple meal preparations, and how to make healthy choices—all skills necessary for living independent lives and building self‐confidence.