Meet the animals at educational farm
BY KAITLIN SLOAN
OU News Bureau
Beginning this year at Springbrook Equestrian Center, an educational farm will allow participants to meet and learn about farm animals.
The program is designed for people interested in familiarizing themselves with the individual care of domesticated farm animals. Featured animals include pigs, alpacas, goats, chickens, ducks and a mini-donkey.
Participants will learn about what the animals eat and their nutritional requirements, how to help prevent animals from being turned over to rescue shelters and how to spin fiber into yarn.
Animal caretaker Janelle Kaufman owns the animals involved. She intends to educate people on housing farm animals that may grow too big for comfort. This causes animal rescue shelters to overflow.
“I hope that the public will be able to enjoy the experience and learn about proper care of the different animals and how they are not a short-term pet but a commitment,” Kaufman said, “An example would be the trend of mini-pigs and how so many of them end up in the shelter since they grow beyond the mini-size.”
For 13 years, Kaufman and her family have been at Springbrook Equestrian Center, a horse boarding farm and lessons camp in Sterling Heights. The Rolling Hills Educational Farm will be next to the farm. Kaufman and her family began as customers and boarded their horses.
With the grand opening right around the corner Kaufman’s father, Kurt, works as the builder and repairman for the farm.
“Lately with the weather, it is difficult getting things done. Some days the ground is frozen and some days the ground is muddy. A few sunny, spring days would be a big help,” he said.
Janelle Kaufman and her family have renovated their land for the upcoming educational farm.
“We decided to do an educational farm mid-August,” she said. “We purchased the two pigs first and then started to get the fencing and sheds ready.”
The educational farm is also available for special events such as birthdays or weddings.
“I am hoping that I can bring in enough money to help cover the cost of the animals and to eventually expand,” Kaufman said.
The gates will open at the end of May.
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