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Farm for adults with developmental disabilities opens in Butte

By Grace Ditzler, KTVM Reporter, gditzler@ktvm.com
Published On: Oct 08 2013 05:53:14 PM MDT
Updated On: Oct 08 2013 06:40:06 PM MDT
Farm for adults with developmental disabilities opens in Butte
BUTTE, Mont. -

Farm in the Dell, a nonprofit organization helping adults with developmental disabilities, showed off its new Butte location Tuesday.

The group home hopes to eventually be a self-sustaining farm. The adults at the home work to grow crops and raise livestock.

Organizers said the farm will help adults with developmental disabilities learn to be self-sufficient and give back to the community.

"People with developmental disabilities, and all people, do better with animals around," said John Castle, director of Butte's Farm in the Dell. "So having a program like this, it gives them that change to have a hands on experience while working with animals, and that actually helps them gain skills faster than if they lived in a regular group home setting with no livestock animals around."

The Butte location will be the organization's fifth Montana farm. Other locations include Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell and Broadus.