Our History

Our History

Good Works Farm, Inc. was founded in 2012 by Bob and Nancy Bernotaitis in an effort to answer the question "Who will love our child when we're gone?".

Bob and Nancy are the proud parents of three adult children, Seth, Rachel, and Sam (and one adorable granddaughter!). Sam was born with Creatine Transporter Deficiency Syndrome (CTDS), a genetic condtion which can result in developmental disabilities, epilepsy, and autism.

When Sam turned 14, Nancy began exploring opportunities for Sam after the "school bus stops coming". She had worked for Goodwill/Easter Seals Miami Valley at the Assistive Technology specialist and had become familiar with sheltered workshop and group homes. Wanting more for her son as she watched him at equine therapy one day, she had the epiphany that he would thrive in a farm setting. Her research took her to Bittersweet Farms in Whitehouse, OH and on a tour, she fell in love with the concept of a farmstead live-work-play community. Realizing this particular farm, with its lifespan model, would never have an opening for her son, she decided to build it herself. Her husband quickly joined her in pursuit of a farm for Sam and Good Works Farm was born.

With the help of Bittersweet's WISDOM mentoring program, the team at Good Works Farm are growing a neuro-diverse farmstead community for individuals like Sam. This is a family affair of the heart with much of the family involved in camps, improving the farm, and running the day-to-day business.