In 1955, Edna Hoffer opened the Pleasant View Rest Home on the land beside her family farm. The location had much to offer: picturesque countryside, a tight-knit culture, and fertile fields. For years, the fruits and vegetables she grew were staples on her residents’ tables.
But as Pleasant View flourished, the Hoffer Farm faded into the background. Now, we have plans to restore the property to more than just a beautiful backdrop—not only for residents, but for everyone in our community. The Hoffer Farm, which played such a central role in our past, is at the heart of our vision for the future.
That vision includes working orchards and hydroponic greenhouses to grow food for locals in need. Maker spaces will provide opportunities for creative pursuits, from ceramics to 3D printing. We’ll also be incorporating beautiful open spaces, walking trails, fitness facilities, native plant gardens, therapy animals, and a new Cultural Center.
The Cultural Center
The Cultural Center will be the cornerstone of the new Hoffer Farm—and will play a central role in our mission to invest in the communities around us. The Cultural Center will be a place for residents and the public alike to gather and learn. From event spaces and community kitchens to the next home of the Manheim Community Library, the Cultural Center will have opportunities for everyone, from grade schoolers to their grandparents.
With over 18,000 square feet of space, the Cultural Center will have plenty of room to gather and grow. Indoor and outdoor multi-purpose spaces will host public and private events. A full-service teaching kitchen will turn the farm’s fresh produce into delicious meals for visitors, and provide junior chefs a chance to test their skills.
We are pleased to announce that the Manheim Community Library will be relocating to the Hoffer Farm Cultural Center. The move will triple the library's space, greatly increasing its collection and its ability to offer programming—particularly in science and technology.
Hoffer Farm will have something for everyone, and all will be welcome. We believe this project will open eyes around the country—and show that retirement communities can also play a central role in the local community.
We could not be more excited for the possibilities this will bring to people of all ages and backgrounds in Manheim, Lititz, and the surrounding areas. Hoffer Farm will be a place to build new and deepened relationships. An opportunity to learn, to be valued, and to experience joy.