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Donate to Farming Connections

Farming Connections, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization which relies on the support and generosity of others to provide services to young people within our community and beyond. The running of this small farm here in southern Vermont is a testament to the belief that closeness to animals and nature can provide life lessons that can help heal and direct young lives. The animals at Farming Connections share gifts that only they possess. The environment itself is a lesson in cause and effect offering young people ample opportunities to see the power of their actions to improve the quality of life of the four-legged residents here and by doing so, improve their own outlook towards connectedness to others.

Your donation can make the future brighter for those who need the straightforward life lessons our farm animals can teach.

Thank you in advance for your well wishes and support.

Become a Friend of Farming Connections

Farming Connections, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. All donations are tax deductible. By donating only $ 14.50 a month, you become an honorary Friend of Farming Connections. Your donation will help insure the health and growth of our farm so the animal teachers and the students who come to Farming Connections can continue to make our world a better place one child at a time. The names of all our Friends will be published on our blog: farmingconnections.wordpress.com.


To contribute to our scholarship fund, please click "Donate" below. Your donation will help children whose parents or guardians need help with funding. Sessions are $65.00. Farming Connections, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. All donations are tax deductible.


Teacher Profiles


Ducks

Ducks as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. From left to right: Oliver, Diana and Maybe. These were the first ducks to come here. They now live with Maurice and Pickles and have only with continued pressure allowed the newcomers to gain full membership to the puddle pond club. Right now Maybe and Diana are sharing egg sitting duty making sure that the boys keep away from their nest.


Ducks as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Pickles and Maurice are our two Indian Runner ducks. Like all ducks, they are ready for water, rain and mud and a good romp around the pen. Two great guys.

Donkeys

Donkeys as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. MaiMai and her daughter Sophia are two of the best donkeys ever. Curious, opinionated and loving, they greet visitors with enthusiasm. Sophia is training to help her father Fernando with donkey rides for small children. She is doing very, very well!





Goats

Goats as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Jasmine is an alpine/pygmy goat cross who loves to meet new people and receive special deliveries of hay, treats and grain.



Goats as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Wilbur is a pygmy goat and the father of Jasmine and Haiku. He's a little devil and can use his horns to be first in line. He helps teach kids that getting your way at the expense of others means you have a lot of time by yourself...



Sheep

Sheep as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Scarlette is the adventuresome twin who is willing to check out everything more than anything else. A little power house who loves to romp with Cotton our Farm Dog.



Sheep as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Josephine all grown up is a loving, friendly girl who likes to be with gentle humans.



Rabbits

Rabbits as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. This is Oslo, an adventurous dwarf rabbit who welcomes visitors with inquisitive sniffs. He is very adept at teaching patience, gentleness, personal space and relaxation.


Rabbits as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Moxie is our little girl rabbit. She is shy but will come to meet you if visitors will take a few deep breaths and sit quietly. Then, she'll stand-up to eat out of your hand placing her paws on your hand for balance. Too cute!


Rabbits as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Basha is Moxie and Oslo's son. We're not sure where those ears came from... He is an outgoing bunny who has plans to become the first flying rabbit!




Rabbits as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Hannah is a newcomer to our rabbit habitat.



Chickens

Chicken as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Ditto is a bantam hen who is nervous but determined to fit in. She tries to get in the middle of the hustle and bustle but usually has to run away every few minutes to collect herself.




Chicken as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Loretta is a very vocal hen who is about as independent as chickens come. She has an opinion about everything more than anything else. She distances herself from the flock but is always within ear shot to tell the others exactly what she thinks about their shenanigans.



Chicken as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Sandy is a girl on the go. She is young and a bit timid but not too timid to watch for something fun to do.


Chicken as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Arrow is the bantam hen who has won all the high jump competitions. She can spring straight up in the air when a treat is offered to her and she loves to be held. We hope she will be our first therapy chicken!





Chicken as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Samantha is one of our special girls who loves to be held and to sneak away to fashion her own little nest where no one can find her eggs. She is a delight.



Chicken as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Penelope has feathers everywhere, even her feet! She loves bananas and will dive to try to spear a taste of her favorite fruit.



Cats

Cat as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. B2 is our talker. He is usually in the barn and never runs out of things to say. He drinks water by placing his paw into any water container and then licks his paw. Maybe the technique is not the best, but it is B2's signature behavior. B2 loves affection and an attentive ear.


Cat as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Bob is a cool cat. He is confident, low key but playful and loving. He saunters around with the belief that it is he who really runs the place. If you sit still long enough, you may find a bobbed tailed cat checking you out- that would be Bob.


Cat as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Leo is our most athletic barn cat. His jumps are nothing short of spectacular. He scales the ladders to the loft in lightening speed and, for the sheer sport of it, he will dash full speed across the arena. A bit of a show off, Leo is a sweet dynamo.


Cat as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Sassy is Leo's sister. She is nothing like Leo as she very timid, a little on the round side and finds athletic endeavors to be undertaken only when absolutely necessary. Years of being treated with gentleness by all who come here finally convinced her that people can be trusted. She now allows herself to be petted and held- things she resisted even as a kitten.



Horses

Horses as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Buster is a very special guy who has taught many children and adults how to ride. He has also taught us all how thoughtful and kind a horse can be. A gentle giant, Buster is a beloved member of our farm staff.



Horses as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Samson is a Norwegian Fjord who is a personable, compact guy who has more than a sprinkle of playfulness. A handsome devil who likes to chew on everything more than anything else.



Horses as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Henri is our licker. Yes, licker. He will lick your hand or arm for as long as you let him. Quirky but very sweet, Henri is a very sweet guy who loves to be part of the action. His signature high pitched whinny rings out any time he thinks it's time for a human to help him out.





Horses as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Tulen is our free lungeing expert; he is used to demonstrate this way to make friends with a horse. He, like Samson, is a Norwegian Fjord. Tulen is a blondish tank whose personality is the same size as his hefty build.



Horses as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Winston is our therapy horse in training. He is a Tennessee Walker who loves to play in his water bucket by submerging his head to the depth of his bucket and then spray as much water as possible out of same. A little strange... He will dunk for an apple placed in his water dish even when he has to leave his nose under water for several seconds. It is hoped that scuba boy will soon be ready to glide across the arena with clients who need a very smooth ride.



Horses as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Cassie is not used for teaching riding but she is used to teach horse communication and the steps needed to earn a horse's trust. Her drama queen tendencies make her perfect for this role.



Horses as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Casey is a very fine looking Hackney pony cross who has a special talent for working with children. He is an energetic guy who becomes patient and careful in his movements when his passenger requires. His desire to work with children is at times nothing less than remarkable.



Horses as Therapy Animals,  Farming Connections, Inc. Oakey is an older thoroughbred who is used with older children who are competent riders. He knows a lot as he has been used as an eventer and has successfully completed Dressage level II. Oakey has a special cuteness about him that has endeared him to us all.



Mail your donations to

Farming Connections, Inc.
43 Stable Drive
Guilford, Vermont 05301

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