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Located in York County Pennsylvania

We are a non-profit therapy center for children with special needs.

Our Mission…

 is to enrich the lives of individuals with special needs and their families through support and customized programs.

We offer Engaging Enviroments

Where children can play, learn and interact with each other.

 Therapeutic Riding

Providing a unique environment for children to overcome their most difficult challenges.

Matthew’s Town

“The Heart of Leg Up Farm”

Engaging children in activities that support achieving their therapeutic and educational goals.

About Us

  • About Leg Up Farm
  • Louie’s Story
  • Our History
  • Who We Serve
  • Career Opportunities
  • Testimonials

The Courage To Dream!

Leg up Farm is a non-profit therapy center in York County, Pennsylvania for children with special needs.

We believe every child is special and deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential.  To achieve this goal, we know that therapy takes a lot of time and work.

Our individually tailored treatment plans, breadth of services, and child-friendly environment in a convenient, centralized location are the keys to success that will improve outcomes for children and families.

“Life’s not about waiting for the storms to pass… it’s about learning to dance in the rain” ~ Vivian Greene

This institution is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

the_dream1Louie’s Story – The Courage To Dream!

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

In February of 1997, Louie Castriota and his wife, Laurie, had a vision that merged their love of children and animals with their desire to give back to their community through the creation of a therapeutic riding center for children with special needs. Ironically, six months after their vision was born, their daughter Brooke was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease. The disease is a metabolic disorder that causes both cognitive and motor function delays.

the_missionLouie’s Story – The Mission

On a mission to find the best treatment for Brooke, Louie and Laurie found the state of Pennsylvania offered an excellent early intervention program, but it only served children up to three years of age. After age three, children are then dependent on school systems or private providers for therapeutic programs. Their research identified huge gaps in availability and affordability of services for children with special needs. Brooke’s diagnosis moved Louie and Laurie to significantly widen the scope of their vision for Leg Up Farm to a facility that would be unique across the country in its comprehensive service offerings, customization, and coordination of therapy for children with a wide variety of needs.

becoming_realityLouie’s Story – Becoming Reality

In pursuit of this dream over years, and with the help of many like the Lehr and Potter families, Louie raised millions of dollars in funding through a combination of private contributions, public fundraising events, and state, federal, and foundation grants. Capital funding was critical to Leg Up Farm’s success, and in 2006 Louie turned his attention to securing a loan in advance of conducting a Capital Campaign. In November 2008, Leg Up Farm finally received a $5.6 million loan from USDA Rural Development and York Traditions Bank.

After many years of hard work and dedication, Leg Up Farm opened in April 2010.  Since that time, Leg Up Farm has expanded to increase capacity and has served more than 1,500 special needs children and their families, providing life-changing services to those in need.

Louie’s Story – Your Support Matters

The need for funding continues and donations of all sizes are generously welcomed to continue realizing the dream of Leg Up Farm’s full potential. Every dollar makes a difference!

The collective efforts of the combined community make a huge impact and will be needed to complete the dream of Leg Up Farm.
Learn more about Louie’s story and the dream of Leg Up Farm by picking up his book- Leg Up, The Courage to Dream at Amazon or by visiting Leg Up Farm.


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  • The Dream
  • The Mission
  • Becoming Reality
  • Your Support Matters

who_we_serveLeg Up Farm is designed for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults up to the age of 21 with special needs.

Leg Up Farm  combines a state-of-art medical setting with a child-friendly environment that caters to both children and their families.

Leg Up Farm provides comprehensive therapies all under one roof by bringing therapists of different specialties together to create a customized program with a team approach.

Broad medical conditions that may be treated at Leg Up Farm include, but are not limited to:

• Autism Spectrum Disorders    • Learning Disabilities
• ADD / ADHD    • Behavioral Needs
• Cerebral Palsy    • Genetic Disorders
• Speech – Language Delays    • Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Gross Motor & Fine Motor Delays    • Developmental Delays
• Feeding & Swallowing Difficulties    • Torticollis
• Mental Health Needs    • Sensory Processing Disorder

Leg Up Farm will also address the acute therapeutic needs of children following an injury or surgery.

Leg Up Farm now provides customized day programming experiences for special needs adults, ages 18-59 through Able-Services. If you would like to apply for this program, click here or call 717-384-6130.

Connect With Us!

We want to hear from you! If you are looking to join our amazing staff, volunteer to make a difference in the lives of our kids, or have a question for a staff or board member, this is the place!




Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Leg Up Farm is looking to add a full-time Physical Therapist to our amazing team. 30-35 hours per week. If you are interested, please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@legupfarm.org.

Leg Up Farm is looking to add a full-time staff member to our Behavioral Health team. Clinical License preferred, LSW considered. 40 hours per week available. If you are interested, please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@legupfarm.org.



If you are interested in working at Leg Up Farm, please fill out the application found here.

If you are interested in working at Able-Services, please fill out the application found here.

If you are interested in applying for an internship in our Therapy department, please e-mail your cover letter and resume to Cindy McMahon.
If you are interested in an internship in another department, please e-mail your cover letter and resume to our office .
All internships are unpaid.

Key Contacts

Key Contacts

Louis J. Castriota, Jr. — Founder/Board Chairman

Jody Bentz — Controller

Beth Boger — Human Resources Manager

Tom O’Connor — President

Jennifer Hitz — Chief Development Officer

Jessica Warns – Equine Director

Cindy McMahon – Rehabilitation Services Manager

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

  • Chairman: Louis J. Castriota, Jr.
  • Vice Chairman: Chris A. Ferro, Esq.
  • Secretary: Christine Nentwig
  • Treasurer: Ray Schroeder
  • Louis J. Castriota, Sr.
  • Douglas Berman, CPA
  • David A. Jones, II, Esq.
  • Chris Izzo
  • Amber Kraft
  • Matt Scarpato
  • Angela Ang-Alhadeff
  • John Packer
  • Christine Hess
  • Janelle Hons
  • Mark DeBowes, Jr.
  • Jeff Bellomo


The Schoch Family

As many parents can attest, the journey with special needs children is lonesome. Each child’s needs are different; there are no manuals or customized resources carved out specifically to help you. And yet as parents we are expected, and are driven, to find the best for our children on this unpiloted and uncharted course.

Finding Leg Up Farm was like receiving a gift for our entire family.  Our children received speech, occupational therapy, feeding and equine therapy.  The opportunity to customize the schedule, sessions, goals and measures, with guiding hands of experts, led to transformative results for both children within two years.

Living in Central Pennsylvania, we are so very blessed to have access to Leg Up Farm and all they offer. Upon walking in the door for the first time, you know you are somewhere special, a place that will leave a positive mark on your special kids.



Caroline was diagnosed at three months of age with Aicardi Syndrome, which causes epilepsy, brain abnormalities, peripheral blindness and severe developmental delays.

In 2014, at the age of three, this adorable little girl began her journey at Leg Up Farm. She had central weakness, no words and was only starting to scoot. Within 6 months, Caroline began to walk. Within 1 year, she began using sign language. Today, she speaks several words, signs, runs, and loves riding her therapy horse, Corduroy.

There will never be a way for us to repay the incredible staff at Leg Up Farm for the incredible gift of life that they have given to our little girl. Her quality of life has significantly improved since starting there and for that we will be forever grateful. Corduroy has taught Caroline more than just how to ride. He has taught her how to be gentle with animals and has strengthened her core muscles. She talks to him with her eyes and touch. Leg Up Farm is a gift. It is not lost on us how far our daughter has come and how much love the staff have shown her.




Our son Kai (5 yrs old) has been receiving speech and occupational therapy at Leg Up for over two years. Not only does Leg Up provide quality therapy, but it does so in a uniquely kid-friendly environment. Kai has received therapy on the Leg Up playground, in the vegetable garden, and while wading in the koi pond. Thanks to Tracy’s assistance (OT), Kai can now dress himself, put his shoes on, and zip his coat. He can write his name and safely use scissors and even ride a bike (this is Kai’s favorite accomplishment!)
With the help of Amanda and Cindy (ST), Kai has dramatically improved his ability to communicate and comprehend information. Now he is working on conversing with his peers- something we weren’t sure he would ever be able to do. We can’t wait to see all the progress Kai will make in the future at Leg Up. Thanks to everyone there for all you do!

  • The Schoch Family
  • Caroline
  • Kai

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Matthew’s Town

  • Matthew’s Town
  • What is it?
  • Support
  • Naming Opportunities

Matthew Allen Potter was only seven years old when he was fatally injured on a roller coaster ride at the York Fair on September 10, 2001.  Jack Lehr, close family friend and neighbor of the Potter’s, was overcome with grief and a deep sense of loss.  Jack’s response was to organize a golf tournament in Matthew’s memory and donate the proceeds to a local children’s organization.  The Matthew Allen Potter Memorial Golf Tournament was started in September 2002 and held for five consecutive years.  During the course of the tournament’s history a staggering total of more than $160,000 in net proceeds was donated to Leg Up Farm.

At the 2006 tournament, Board Chairman Louie Castriota Jr. gratefully acknowledged the generous contributions and unwavering support of Jack and the extended Potter family over the years.  Before an enthusiastic crowd of more than 225 attendees, Castriota proclaimed that the HEART of Leg Up Farm would now and forever be known as Matthew’s Town.  Matthew Allen Potter’s legacy and spirit will live on through the children utilizing Leg Up Farm as they foster socialization skills, engage peers, and develop new skills to improve their lives.

Matthew's Town

The HEART of Leg Up Farm

Today Matthew’s Town is highly functional play space used to engage children in activities that support achieving their therapeutic and educational goals.

Upon entering Matthew’s Town, the children are magically transported into a safe, realistic, sensory-enriched environment… complete with a tree house, York Traditions Bank, Rutter’s gas station & convenience store, a Capital Blue Cross wellness store, a Martin’s Potato Chip delivery truck, and familiar businesses found throughout our community.  This area is used for individual and small therapy sessions and serves as a place for children and families to gather as they explore their imaginations and the word around them.

Eligible entities include:

  • Sole Proprietorship
  • C Corporations
  • S Corporations
  • Limited Liability Corporations
  • Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Partnerships

Interested businesses can apply below:

Business Suppport

Matthew’s Town & Leg Up Farm are recognized as an Educational Improvement Organization under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC) of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Through EITC, eligible Pennsylvania companies can receive tax credits equal to 75 percent of their contribution (up to $750,000 per taxable year), or up to 90 percent for two-year charitable commitments. Companies can claim credits against the following:

  • Corporate net Income Tax
  • Capital Stock Franchise Tax
  • Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax
  • Title Insurance Companies Shares Tax
  • Insurance Premiums Tax
  • Mutual Thrift Institutions Tax
  • Insurance Company Law of 1921
  • Personal Income Tax of S corporation shareholders or Partnership Partners



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              Become a Sponsor!

Matthew’s Town contains interactive “stores” and “storefronts” that businesses and organizations can sponsor. In addition to increased brand awareness and recognition, sponsorships are an excellent way for companies to demonstrate their commitment to social responsibility and community involvement.

If you are interested in exploring creative, win-win opportunities with Leg Up Farm as your partner, please contact Maura Musselman at 717-266-9294 or mmusselman@legupfarm.org


  • Therapy Services
  • Become a Client
  • Summer Camp

Therapy Services

  • Therapy Services
  • Equine & Therapy Groups
  • Caregiver Support

At Leg Up Farm our strategy for success includes a mix of highly effective programs and services delivered in fun, safe, child-friendly environments – both indoors and out.  Caregivers, including parents and siblings, are considered important members of the therapy team and will included in the ongoing development and implementation of each child’s program.

physical therapy

Our physical therapists analyze the neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems of our clients within a developmental framework. Therapy will focus on gross motor skill acquisition, joint range of motion, and muscle strength in a fun environment that includes both land and water activities! Assistive devices and mobility will also be assessed as part of the child’s ability to engage their physical environment.

We can provide you with more information by clicking on become a client

occupational therapy

The chief occupation of the child is PLAY! We utilize this philosophy to provide child-directed treatment to address a wide range of developmental needs to include sensory processing, fine motor function and handwriting skills, visual-perceptual function, self help and feeding skills, and cognitive development. Occupational therapy will also assess a client’s needs for adaptive technology to fully integrate into their community setting.


We can provide you with more info by clicking on become a client

speech-language therapy

Communication is key! Our speech-language pathologists offer a unique approach to speech and language development. Our focus is not only production of speech and language, but more importantly, pre-linguistic skills such as affect gesturing, reciprocity and engagement, and communication that serve as the foundation for human interaction. The speech and language program is designed to provide our clients with endless opportunities for communication, language, and speech production through play. Our therapists can also address phonological/articulation deficits, auditory processing deficits and assistive technology needs for communication.

In addition to communication needs, Leg Up Farm’s Speech Therapy Department leads the inter-disciplinary Feeding Program. Enjoying mealtime as part of the family activity is the focus of this program. Clients will learn to chew, swallow, and tolerate foods that are currently difficult for them due to texture, taste, and smell. The goal is promoting healthy eating and good nutrition.

We can provide you with more information by clicking on become a client

therapeutic horsemanship

Therapeutic Horsemanship at Leg Up Farm is a recreational program taught by certified riding instructors.

How can Therapeutic Horsemanship help my child or rider?

At Leg Up Farm, each instructor sets goals specific to each client’s needs. In Therapeutic Horsemanship, the instructor has the ability to tailor each session to the client in order to focus on meeting those goals.  Therapeutic Horsemanship allows our instructors, at their discretion, to incorporate unmounted activities into your child or rider’s sessions. This means not every session will be mounted. We feel that incorporating all aspects of horsemanship into sessions, will aid our instructors in helping your child or rider work towards their goals in a more effective manner and provide a more beneficial experience.

Why Therapeutic Horsemanship?

Horsemanship encompasses all aspects of riding, handling, and communication with the horse. From a therapeutic aspect, there are many valuable lessons and activities that will help your rider reach their goals without being mounted on a horse.  Unmounted activities may include animal husbandry/self-care, setting boundaries, establishing a safe place, understanding emotions, sensory activities, and communication just to name a few.

We feel it is important to think outside the box with innovative activities to accomplish the above. In addition to mounted and unmounted sessions, we recently received a generous grant which allowed us to add a riding simulator to our therapeutic tool box. The simulator not only allows the client to benefit from the same movement as a horse, but it allows them to do so in a climate controlled environment.  With the simulator, the instructor is able to focus on the position and body mechanics, also known as equitation, of the rider.  It also allows our riders to practice skills like posting trot or cantering in a controlled environment, then transfer those skills to the actual horse.  The instructor will determine if the simulator is appropriate for your child.

All riders must wear an ASTM/SEI approved equestrian helmet.  Riders may bring their own or use one that Leg Up Farm provides.

  • This program is not covered by insurance.

  • We can provide you with more info by clicking on become a client

Leg Up Farm relies on our neighbors and supporters to send us our four legged friends.  As a whole we are looking for a horse that has a calm demeanor, is honest and completely sound at walk, trot and canter. If you are interested in having your horse make a difference in the lives of children with special needs, please fill out this form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBd2__gQDPlaDbUaxsGwM2_0bk3PEusvAdSBj8MYCspNtTsg/viewform

Nutritional Services

For more details and information about our Nutrition program, please click here

Anyone can see an RDN and many insurance companies cover medical nutrition therapy depending on the reason for counseling.  We can provide you with more information by clicking on become a client

Leg Up Farm can also be part of your Corporate Wellness program. Julie can tailor a nutrition message to any organization, sports team or group.  Some examples include:

  • How to Keep Your Ticker Happy & Healthy
  • Carbs: How Low Should I Go?
  • Is Gluten Free Right For Me?
  • How Do I Get Started to Decrease Processed Foods?
  • Buying Healthy Foods on a Budget
  • Sports Nutrition: Common Nutrition Mistakes of Athletes
  • Eating for Autism
  • Weight Loss Tips & Tricks
  • Teens Can Eat Right
  • Healthy Eating at the Holidays
  • Vitamin & Mineral 101
  • Healthy Eating for Busy Women
  • Eating on the Run
  • Nutrition for specific medical conditions including IBS, Diabetes, Seizures, and Food Allergies.

behavioral health

Leg Up Farm offers outpatient counseling/psychotherapy by Masters level clinicians. Behavioral Health therapists work with children and their families to address the challenges that they face at home, school, and in the community.  Behavioral Health services are individually tailored to meet the needs of the child and their family members through individual and family sessions.  Play is often used in sessions to encourage communication and self-expression while reinforcing vital social and emotional skills and developing self-esteem.
Individual sessions foster an environment for children to learn how to appropriately express their emotions and cope with their triggers. Parents are supported in parent sessions to facilitate progress within the home, and to help with setting reasonable and appropriate expectations for their child. 

We can provide you with more information by clicking on become a client


We are pleased to offer patients the opportunity to connect with Leg Up Farm through a convenient, safe and secure portal.   Through the portal you can:

  • Communicate securely and privately with your therapist or office staff.
  • Check your upcoming appointments.
  • Access health records.
  • Update personal information.

Please click https://legupfarmintouch.insynchcs.com/ to access your secure portal.  If you need additional assistance accessing your information, please call our office at 717-266-9294.




Equine Groups

We offer a wide variety of group programs that can benefit your school students, social group, or field trip needs.  Please contact Jessica Warns, Equine Director at 717-266-9294 or by email at jwarns@legupfarm.org for more information or to book your group.

Silver Saddles–A program for Adults 55+.  Silver Saddles is designed to help seniors stay active and engaged in a group setting.  Horses bring joy to people through their unique ability to interact and connect with people in a powerful way.  Participants will learn everything from grooming and leading to equine care while forming a relationship of trust.  Download the brochure here.

Unbridled Courage–A program for children ages 8 to 12 who are currently living with or are survivors of cancer.  This program is suitable for all levels of equestrians.  Participants can look forward to learning everything from grooming to riding activities all while forming a relationship of trust and respect between themselves and their horse.  Groups are held for 8weeks on Thursdays from 10am-12pm and the cost is $15 per person/session.

Field Trips–Our age-appropriate field trips are for students with special needs.  Our trained staff provide engaging activities tailored to your needs.  Students will participate in activities that may include: grooming, tacking, and feeding a horse, leading your horse through an obstacle horse and riding our equine simulator.  Field trips may be 1 or 2 hours and the cost is $7/per student/per hour.  This program is limited to 16 students.  Classes may also visit our picnic area and playground to enjoy their lunch or snack (not provided) while they are here.

Unmounted Horsemanship Experiences–This 1 hour long group activity provides a hands-on opportunity for  participants including learning parts of the horse, grooming, and care of the  horse.  The cost for this group is $75 for up to 12 participants.  This group may satisfy your Scout badge needs.  Call or email for more details.

Therapy Groups

A variety of therapeutic group programs are offered at Leg Up Farm. Led by licensed therapists, these groups offer an approach to learning practical skills through structured activities. Group sessions promote learning and engagement through goal setting sessions. In these groups children may learn:

  • Communication Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Listening Skills
  • Transitioning Between Activities
  • Direction Following
  • Movement Skills
  • Self-Awareness
  • Play Skills

Group participants will develop a sense of accomplishment in achieving personal goals as they development meaningful relationships with peers knowing that they are not alone.


We know that raising a child with special needs is challenging… full of ups and downs, with frequent doubts about what the future holds. We also know that life is a balancing act for our families – balancing the demands of work, time, and financial resources among ALL members of the family, including those of other siblings.

We offer Behavioral Health services for parents, caregivers, and siblings. They are offered on an individual, couples, family, and group basis. Please contact our Intake Coordinator at info@legupfarm.org for more information.

Everyone at Leg Up Farm will support our client’s whole family from the moment they walk through the door. Our caregiver support includes such services as respite nights, a lending library, advocacy and support programs, facilitating family connections, or simply being there to listen with a sympathetic ear!

Become a Client

Children may be referred to Leg Up Farm for services from any number of sources, including physicians and other health care professionals: hospitals and clinics; teachers and educational systems; state, county and local agencies; or from family; friends, and relatives.

Leg Up Farm participates with most commercial insurance and all Medicaid except Gateway.

Upon referral, Leg Up Farm will prepare a detailed profile followed by a comprehensive assessment process conducted by our team of trained therapists to determine each child’s unique challenges and strengths.  Once the goals and objectives of the recommended Intervention Plan have been discussed and approved by all members of the child’s circle of caregivers, individual and group therapy sessions will be scheduled.


For more Information, please contact our Intake Coordinator at 717-266-9294 or by filling out the form below.

Summer Camp

Summer Camp at Leg Up Farm is back for 2020!   Both Camp Journey and Camp Mighty Tykes will be back.

Camp Journey is a weekly camp designed to promote independence, recreational skills, socialization, and confidence.  Activities include arts & crafts, sports, outdoor and nature games, music and animal activities.  Camper can attend one or more weeks.  Camp will be held daily from 9am-2pm and is for children ages 6-21.

  • Week 1: June 15th-19th
  • Week 2: June 22nd-26th
  • Week 3: July 6th-10th
  • Week 4: July 13th-17th

Camp Mighty Tykes is a one week camp designed to promote independence, socialization, recreational skills and confidence.  Activities include arts & crafts, group games, and outdoor games.  Camp will be held from 9am-12p and is for children ages 3-5.

  • July 20th-24th

To register, please download our Summer Camp Flyer  and return it to Leg Up Farm.


Camp Journey

Camp Journey is a weekly camp for children ages 6-21.  A variety of activities will take place each day such as arts & crafts, sports, outdoor and nature games, music, and animal activities.  Camp is designed to promote independence, socialization, recreational skills, and confidence.

Cost is $350 per week and children may attend any or all weeks. Snacks will be provided but children are responsible for their own lunch each day.

  • Week One: June 17th-21st
  • Week Two: June 24th-28th
  • Week Three: July 8th-12th
  • Week Four: July 15th-19th

Download the 2019 Summer Camp Registration form here

Camp Mighty Tykes

Back again this year is Camp Mighty Tykes for children ages 3-5 with special needs.  A variety of activities will take place daily such as arts and crafts, group games, and outdoor games.  Camp is designed to promote independence, socialization, recreational skills, and confidence.   The cost is $200.

  • July 22nd-26th


  • Able-Services
  • Leg Up Farmers Market


rsz_firstcornSoon after Leg Up Farm opened, the need for services beyond the educational setting was realized, and the idea for Able-Services was born.  Located at the Able Training Center, at 3100 North George Street (the former site of Shiloh Nurseries and Brown’s Orchards & Farm Market), we are licensed as an Adult Training Facility by the PA Department of Human Services.

Continuing in the tradition of Leg Up Farm, Able-Services provides a culture of caring and welcoming to our program participants, our staff, and visitors.  Able-Printers is located in our building, providing a team of talented adults with special needs the opportunity to work in a business setting.  Our on-site commercial greenhouse program, Able-Growers, allows the skills for growing and managing plants to be incorporated into all elements of training and activities.  Participants will explore activities of daily living, social skills, communication, leisure/fitness/recreation, nutrition and health, community participation, and self-advocacy.

Participants and their families should be in contact with their Supports Coordinator to facilitate the application process for our program. Program participants need to be receiving Consolidated or Personal/Family Directed Support Waiver funding and qualifying for Adult Day Programming services, and able to function in a 1 staff per every 6 program participant ratio. They should be interested in being active, working toward goals, and most of all, having fun!

If you would like more information about Able-Services please visit their website at www.able-services.org

You can also reach them directly by phone at 717-384-6130 or by e-mail at info@able-services.org

You can also download the application


Leg Up Farmers Market

 Our Values

Leg Up Farmers Market is a full-service, natural foods grocery store that supports the Leg Up Farm Family of non profit entities including Leg Up Farm & Able-Services.  As the Leg Up Farm Family continues to expand its services to children, adolescents and adults with special needs, as well as to our community, we are committed to reinforcing the Leg Up Farm mission, culture, standards of service, trust, and quality.

Our Beliefs

Our mission is simple: Enriching people’s lives with natural food options that promote health and happiness.

And we are guided by three principles:

1) Our team supports your FAMILY — Leg Up Farmers Market provides an immediately accessible opportunity to realize changes in diet and lifestyle resulting in continual improvement in overall health for your FAMILY.

2) Much of our FOOD is grown by local farmers and produced by artisans — Support of local FOOD producers not only creates unique product offerings, but enhances the vitality of the region.

3) We support the COMMUNITY in which we work and live — The COMMUNITY now has a natural foods store that fulfills individual and family shopping needs in an environment of service, knowledge, and abundance.

An organic and natural foods market in our location can impact the community in a variety of positive ways that benefit everyone:

  • Sustainable growing methods create a positive impact on our environment.
  • Producing healthy food within a community builds pride.
  • Local producers (produce, bakery, small industry manufacturers) gain access to new customers through Leg Up Farmers Market.
  • Traffic build is good for local business and tourism: economic boost.
  • Access to better food = better eating = better health.
  • Community center for learning and connecting strengthens individuals and communities on multiple levels.
  • We are committed to giving back to the community in many ways, notably through financial support of Leg Up Farm, Able-Services, and other human service agencies.

Visit us at 3100 N. George Street in York



Leg Up Farmers Market Catering Menu


Get Involved/Donate

There are many ways to get involved with Leg Up Farm.  You can donate money, donate a horse, volunteer, attend an event, refer a family in need of services, or rally your coworkers around a common cause!
Leg Up Farm offers group volunteer projects, teambuilding activities, and more for companies that would like to support our mission.   For more information on getting involved, please contact Maura Musselman at mmusselman@legupfarm.org or 717-266-9294.

Leg Up Farm, Inc. is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization as provided by Internal Revenue Service requirements. A copy of official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

Thank you for your support of Leg Up Farm and for your belief that together we can make a difference in the lives of children with special needs.

As demand for our services continues to grow, so does the need for support. Each contribution will act as a bridge between the funds generated by insurance reimbursements and the actual cost of providing therapy to a special needs child.

With your help we can continue providing critically needed services for children with special needs as we watch them grow, learn, interact and realize their full potential. In fact, Leg Up Farm would not be the facility it is today without the generous support received from the community.


Donate Now


You can also support Leg Up Farm by donating tax-deductible goods or services.
To learn more about our needs, please check our wish lists or contact Jen Hitz at 717-266-9294 or jhitz@legupfarm.org

Leg Up Farm relies on our neighbors and supporters to send us our four legged friends.  As a whole we are looking for a horse that has a calm demeanor, is honest and completely sound at walk, trot and canter. If you are interested in having your horse make a difference in the lives of children with special needs, please fill out this form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBd2__gQDPlaDbUaxsGwM2_0bk3PEusvAdSBj8MYCspNtTsg/viewform



If you or your organization are interested in raising money for Leg Up Farm through a fundraiser, we would love to hear from you!   Whether it is a run, a bake sale, or a fashion show, Leg Up Farm appreciates your support.
Please contact Maura Musselman at mmusselman@legupfarm.org or 717-266-9294 for information on how Leg Up Farm can help support you in your efforts!

Special tax incentives may be available for donors who make a planned gift. Some common types of planned gifts are bequests, charitable gift annuities, trusts, retirement assets, appreciated stocks, and life insurance. These gifts may offer a number of advantages, which include: income for life or a term of years to a donor and/or other beneficiary, such as a spouse or other family member; reduction of the donor’s tax obligations as a result of a charitable income tax deduction; help to “unlock” income from highly appreciated, but low-yielding property, without incurring any capital gains tax; and save estate and gift taxes.

Appreciated securities, real estate, art pieces, jewelry, or other assets (including used cars and trucks) can be sold or invested for the long-term benefit of Leg Up Farm.

For more information please contact Jen Hitz at 717-266-9294 or jhitz@legupfarm.org

  • Cash Contributions
  • Gifts In-Kind
  • Donate A Horse
  • Fundraise for Leg Up Farm
  • Planned Giving

Leg Up Farm works collaboratively with a number of businesses, organizations, and programs throughout the area.

We partner with the Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12 to provide innovative programs in addition to on-site classrooms.  In addition, we work with Pyramid Healthcare to provide innovative and dynamic educational programs for special needs students through the Soaring Heights School.

Leg Up Farm also works with YTI for their Veterinary Technician Program. This exciting partnership provides YTI students with hands-on learning experience with our horses and exposes their students to programs and services provided at Leg Up Farm.

volunteerThank you for your interest in volunteering at Leg Up Farm.

Our volunteers are a vital member of the Leg Up Farm family. Volunteers donate their time and passion to support our families and our mission of enriching the lives of individuals with special needs and heir families through support and customized programs.  As of July 25, 2015, the cost for a child abuse history certification and state police criminal background check has been waived.  Both are required to volunteer with us.  If you have questions, please e-mail our Volunteer Coordinator.
Please complete the application and required forms found below.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Therapeutic Horsemanship sessions
  • Landscaping and Gardening
  • Barn Work
  • Therapy Aide
  • Administration
  • Special Skills and Talents

Volunteers Apply Here

Volunteers Apply Here

The minimum age for any new volunteer is 14 years old.

Both youth and adult volunteers will be chosen for their maturity, personal integrity, skills, patience, dependability, sensitivity and respect for our special needs children and their families.

To volunteer your time and services, please follow this link to apply.

All volunteers will be required to submit to a PA State Police Criminal Background Check, in addition to a PA Child Abuse History Certification as a condition under the Child Protective Services Law.

Obtaining the necessary documentation and fees associated with these clearances are the responsibility of the volunteer applicant.

Results of any background checks must be acceptable to Leg Up Farm before being allowed to volunteer at the facility.  If you have any questions, please contact us at 717-266-9294 or by e-mail at volunteer@legupfarm.org

Volunteer Forms

Volunteer Forms

Once you complete the Volunteer Application, please complete and sign the following and return to the Volunteer Coordinator

Criminal Background Check
◦Download a copy of the Volunteer Handbook. It is your responsibility to read and understand the policies, procedures, and responsibilities.
Child Abuse History
Release and Hold Harmless & HIPAA Training
Mandated Reporter Training
Fingerprints–Complete if you have not lived in PA for the last 10 years◦
If you have lived in PA for the last 10 years, you may skip the Fingerprint section and sign the Disclosure Statement.



Congratulations on being selected for an Internship or Shadowing opportunity at Leg Up Farm.


INTERNS: Please complete the following in order to move forward:


Shadowing–If you have been approved for a multiple day Shadowing opportunity at Leg Up Farm, please complete the following:


  • Events
  • Weddings & Parties

Leg Up Farm Mud Run 5K

Farm en Blanc

Clash of the Clubs

Leg Up Farm Mud Run 5K

April 18, 2020 – 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

The Leg Up Farm Mud Run 5K is a trail run through Leg Up Farm’s property which traverses woods, fields and streams. The 5K is preceded by a Critter Dash for kids age 10 and under. The race will be followed by a post-race celebration with music, food and drinks.

The Leg Up Farm 5K is a single race this year and not part of a series.

Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite farm critter for the Critter Dash.

8:30 a.m. Registration opens

10:00 a.m. Critter Dash

10:30 a.m. 5K, followed by post-race celebration


Registration fees:

  • 5K pre-register with T-Shirt (register by March 27): $30
  • 5K only pre-register (register by April 10): $25
  • 5K race day registration: $30
  • Critter Dash (age 10 and under): $10

To register:

Sponsorships are also available.


The Leg Up Farm Mud Run 5K supports Leg Up Farm.

Farm en Blanc

May 2, 2020 – 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Come dressed to impress in your finest (mostly) white attire and experience a night out at Leg Up Farm. Sample creatively prepared cuisine, enjoy music under the stars and bid on unique auction items. Farm en Blanc is presented by Glatfeter Insurance Group.

5:00 p.m. Cocktail hour and silent auction opens

6:00 p.m. Dinner, followed by live auction


Ticket prices:

  • Table (8 Tickets): $1,000
  • Individual Ticket: $125

To purchase tickets:

Sponsorships are also available: Farm en Blanc Support Options


Farm en Blanc supports Leg Up Farm and Able-Services.

Clash of the Clubs

May 8, 2020 – 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Join us for the 5th annual Clash of the Clubs Golf Tournament. The Clash of the Clubs is moving to Heritage Hills Golf Resort in 2020. The afternoon shotgun will be followed by dinner and awards in the Terrace Ballroom.

12:00 p.m. Range and registration open

1:00 p.m. Shotgun start


Golf fees:

  • Foursome: $360
  • Individual golfer: $90

To register:

Sponsorships are also available.


The Clash of the Clubs Golf Tournament supports Leg Up Farm.

weddingsPlan Your Wedding or Next Party At Leg Up Farm

Plan your next meeting, conference, or birthday party at Leg Up Farm. Our picnic pavilion is perfect for your child’s birthday, baby shower, or picnic. Your outdoor event includes use of our playground, music garden, outdoor restrooms, and game garden.

If you would like to hold your wedding on the grounds of Leg Up Farm, please click the information brochure link below.

To place reservations, please click on the reservations form below and also call the front desk at 717-266-9294 to check availability.

Contact our office at 717-266-9294 or by email.


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4880 North Sherman Street
Mount Wolf, PA 17347-9637


717.384.8071 (fax)


Monday – Thursday …. 8:00am – 8:00pm
Friday …………………………… 8:00am – 5:00pm

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