Expanding the Garden to the Community

Gateway Farms employs the teens living at Gateway Woods. The resident-turned-farmers are given job opportunities through agricultural avenues such as raising poultry, planting seeds in the greenhouse, working the summer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, or selling at the Market.

Gateway farmers learn real life job skills: filling out applications, interviewing, and receiving feedback via performance reviews. Our farmers are able to acquire business knowledge as they take pride in a resident-owned business model, where income is incentivized by effort and a willingness to grow as an employee. Many quickly learn the value of perseverance and resiliency as they see their hard work turn into desired income.

"Praying our kids know their Maker more, as they meet Him in the garden."

Gateway Farms additionally provides an avenue for the farmers to connect with community members. Many farmers are able to see their direct customers delight in their hard work and quality products, learning to take pride in their actions and find a simple purpose in their days, some receiving consistent positive feedback for the first time in their lives.

Gateway Farms seeks to serve the farmers. Whether a farmer delights in a new seedling tended, connects with a favorite customer over a shared interest, or rushes off to spend their hard earned paycheck, Gateway Farms hopes that a farmer's employment through GW Farms will help them to learn success during their stay at Gateway Woods and skills they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

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Testimonials

I would recommend every resident get involved with Gateway Farms. Overall, I learned that good customer service and great produce go a long way.

Susan (GW Farms farmer)

I know I can count on GW Farms to provide good quality produce. The variety of fresh produce is delivered to my door or can be picked up at GW Farms Market. Their mission to empower the residents through farming is something I want to support for a long time.

Joy (GW Farms customer)

Raising animals or growing vegetables takes patience and hard work. It’s very rewarding when customers get excited about what I put so much time into.

Daniel (GW Farms farmer)

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Eric & Marissa Bahler

Gateway Farms Managers

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Ways to Buy

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Bins

The CSA model means that customers buy a “share” of the farm, paying up front for a portion of goods grown. Customers are then delivered their products on a regular basis throughout the season. Gateway Farms delivers every 2 weeks from June to September. In addition to produce grown, byproducts (such as pickles) and baked goods (like lavender scones) also make a delicious appearance. Right now, we only have the capacity to deliver to the Leo, Grabill, and Fort Wayne areas. We hope to expand this as the program grows.

Gateway Farms Farmers Market

The Market is a roadside stand set up every Thursday through the growing season. Community members can stop by to pick up what's in season — no subscription needed! This is another great way to get fresh seasonal produce on your evening commute home from work. The Market is located on the corner of Klopfenstein & Grabill roads by the Gateway Woods sign.

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Common Questions

All of the farmers at Gateway Farms are residents living at Gateway Woods through residential placement.

Farmers are typically paid a base hourly pay. Then they receive bonuses based on job performance, and often receive a commission of sold products! Farmer pay differs due to these variables, but most receive minimum wage up to $15/hr!

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. This model means that customers buy a “share” of the farm, paying up front for a portion of goods grown. Customers are then delivered their recurring products throughout the season; at Gateway Farms we deliver every 2 weeks.

Email us! Contact us to get all the latest customer opportunities. Join our CSA program, shop the Gateway Farms Market Thursdays 4-6pm on Gateway Woods campus (during the growing season), or get information on how to purchase your Thanksgiving turkey grown by the Gateway farmers.

Gateway Farms became an official avenue of Gateway Woods in May 2018. However, Gateway Farms existed for 3 years prior as a Houseparent led hobby to provide summer jobs for residents.

Gateway Farms grows a wide diversity of vegetables, sold at the Gateway Farms Market Thursdays 4-6 on Gateway Woods campus, or received through a summer CSA program. CSA customers also receive baked goods, farm by-products (pepper jelly!), and fresh eggs. Gateway Farms additionally offers proteins throughout the year: whole chickens, pork, and Thanksgiving turkeys. Gateway Farms plans to open U-pick strawberry & blackberry patches in 2019 to local customers (located on Gateway Woods campus)!