Rowe visited the eight-acre On the Rise Farm, which serves at-risk youth in Clark County struggling with family, social, educational and behavioral issues. On a daily basis, children and teens cook, clean, care for animals, sew and garden, according to the nonprofit’s website. Tutors also are provided by the Wittenberg Community Service Program, and help the children with their homework.
In 2015, a fire destroyed the main barn at the nonprofit. Six goats, several chickens and the group’s stock of feed, hay and farm equipment, such as boots for the kids, were destroyed in the fire. The nonprofit has worked to recover from the fire.