What Is A Safe Haven Hobby Farm?

I grew up hearing the term ‘Hobby Farm’ describing many small local farms nestled in the kettles of Wisconsin. Maybe its a Midwestern thing, or maybe its old fashioned. Either way, people are asking what that means so I thought this may be the best place to describe our version of Hobby Farm.

My Farm Is My Hobby

I have many hobby’s. Writing, photography, knitting, spinning yarn, painting…its a long list. Taking care of farm animals has also become another hobby. It may not be common, but I like doing unique things. I care for them, spend time with them, and snuggle with them daily.

Why Safe Haven?

The number one question I get asked is “Are you a sanctuary?” It seems that farms are labeled as either agricultural or sanctuary. I don’t live in that black and white of a world. So I created my own definition and started using Safe Haven. All of my animals are pets, this is their forever home. No – they will never be eaten.

I don’t use the term “sanctuary” because it implies that all of the animals are rescues. Some are, some I have purchased. I also don’t openly seek animals in danger to take in. One of the number one things to realize as a farm owner is you only have so much room. If I took in every lost soul like my heart would love to, we would no longer be taking the best care of the family I already have. My existing farm family always comes first, so I am selective in choosing anyone new.

Even when I do take in a rescue, I’m pretty low drama about it. Meaning, you may never even know that it was a rescue or why they needed help. That’s not our story. Our story begins the day their little hooves touch our pastures. We focus on them letting go of fear and learning to be loved, not their trauma. There is enough high drama on social media, we are trying to build a different atmosphere than that.

Are You Non-Profit?

We are not a 501C3 which is the technical title for someone that is openly seeking donations to support their cause. Kevin and I jointly own and operate a few other companies which allows us to fund and provide for our little farm. Sure I sell calendars, stickers, yarn, and cookie mix – but be assured I never make enough money to support our farm. Edgar, our live stock protection dog, eats eight to ten cups of dog food a day. We go through about 4 bales of hay a daily, which costs anywhere from $6-$12 per bale. Property taxes, fence repairs, vet bills…the list is long.

Fiber Farm

We do shear our goats and sheep. I have posted videos that this can be done in a very calm and loving way. You can see in their expressions that they love it. I have the majority of their wool taken to a mill and have it spun, but I do also hand spin yarn as well. Clearly not every animal here is a fiber animal…Daphne would not be keen on this as much as Teagan…So again, Hobby Farm seems to be the best description of all.

Everyone Here Is A Pet

The bottom line is, I love my farm family. Everyone here is clearly happy, I hope you can see it shining from their eyes as much as I do. I am passionate about showing you their little personalities, every little quirk that I notice. There is a lot of darkness in the world, I want to take my little paradise and share it with you, hoping to make you smile. So many people have messaged to say our farm is like a real live Disney movie – I hope that you find that to be true as well. I am a very laid back individual that isn’t big on labels. Life is big and small and complex and I want to experience it all. On our farm – we are just doing us. It makes our hearts happy, and we are so glad you are here following our journey. Sincerely – Thank you.

36 Comments

  • Evelyn November 14, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Outstanding

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    • Amy Zimmer November 15, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      Thank you – I have been getting a lot of questions as to “what” we are…We are just a happy little farm family!

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  • Kim November 14, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    No matter what you call it, your farm is a sanctuary for me also. A safe haven, a place with never ending giggles, sometimes tears and a sweet friendship. Thank you for sharing your lives with us ❤️

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    • Amy Zimmer November 15, 2019 at 3:31 pm

      It is – but if I as the farm owner uses that as a description…you have to be careful. So I just made up my own title. 🙂

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  • Janice Lewis November 14, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing your farm family. It has become my daily routine and joy to watch your lives.
    I started following a year ago, I now know each of their names and personalities. I have experienced your joy and heartbreak along with you. I hope one day to come stay and experience first hand what I have grown to love so much. Janice Lewis

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    • Amy Zimmer November 15, 2019 at 3:32 pm

      Janice – you are a fantastic follower!!! Thanks for always being here and so super supportive. It is very appreciated!

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  • Glynny Schiavonu November 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Well said, Amy.

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    • Amy Zimmer November 15, 2019 at 3:33 pm

      Thanks Glynny!!! If you don’t fit a definition – create one! 🙂

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  • garrett threet November 14, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Amy, nice explanation of your farm life. This is a a informative source for frequently asked questions you must get about how and why from the newbies. May many more folks discover the “daisy chain”!!!! Keep growing the love!!!!!Garrett

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    • Amy Zimmer November 15, 2019 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks Garrett…The Daisy chain! I love it, so very clever…Maybe that’s better than #myheard Thanks for being a wonderful fan!!!

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  • Ginny Tilstra November 14, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Your post makes me smile! 🙂 Grateful for YOU being YOU!

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    • Amy Zimmer November 15, 2019 at 3:36 pm

      Hi Ginny!!!! Staying authentic seems to be difficult these days especially on social media…but I think I only know how to do me! Really I don’t want to be anyone else….Miss you!

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  • Barb November 14, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Love. Love. Love.

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    • Amy Zimmer November 15, 2019 at 3:37 pm

      Barb!!! Hey there girly!!! Thanks for reading….and if you love it then the writing must be alright…! Miss you sweet friend, I should come and visit you soon!

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  • Michelle Kosberg November 15, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Your farm is truly a magical place with the happiest of animals ❤️ Love from one of your biggest fans 🙂

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    • Amy Zimmer November 15, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you Michelle!!! I am not going to deny that there is something pretty special in the air around here. I have long conversations with God about my purpose and ask to keep me on his path for his purpose. All I can say, is he is amazing…So glad that you are here and soaking up all of the magic we can bring to you!

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  • Lyndee November 15, 2019 at 3:37 am

    I am so glad that I found you! Your posts and pictures always make me smile! Thank you. You keep doing you!

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    • Amy Zimmer November 15, 2019 at 3:43 pm

      Hello!!! I am glad you found us too…I love that people are enjoying our journey. I promise to keep being me, I don’t think there is anyone else I really want to be. You all encourage me so much – what a gift…

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  • Jacy Bishop November 15, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Your live feeds are the highlight of my day, love them.
    Love all the fur babies, and you are an amazing lady
    Jacy x (In the UK)

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    • Amy Zimmer November 19, 2019 at 4:57 pm

      Awww… thank you very much – I love the idea that I brighten your life all the way over in the UK! That sincerely is why I do what I do…my cup runs over with blessings and love so I want to share as much of that as I possibly can…Thanks for being here and your support.

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  • Liz November 26, 2019 at 1:52 am

    I grew up in Cedar Creek. ❤️ Watching your videos makes me smile. I’m so glad you’re sharing, it’s truly heartwarming. Thank you.

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    • Amy Zimmer December 16, 2019 at 5:52 pm

      Well Howdy neighbor! So glad you found us and are enjoying our journey.

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  • Kim December 7, 2019 at 1:37 am

    I so enjoy your babies! You are a bright spot in my day. Thank you for sharing a slice of your farm life with all of us.

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    • Amy Zimmer December 16, 2019 at 5:36 pm

      Thank you for being here and enjoying everyone! I am very blessed and LOVE sharing it with all of you!

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  • Thegunwife December 7, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    I love this definition! Can I use it too??

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    • Amy Zimmer December 16, 2019 at 5:34 pm

      Of course! Glad you like it…

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  • Joshua Awesome December 17, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I work with a bunch of Sanctuaries across the country. When I saw one of your adorable videos I wanted to make sure these pigs and other animals were not going to become dinner someday. Thank you for what you do. Honestly some sanctuaries have had to pay for a few of their animals and that is okay. This often happens when a meat farmer is wanting money for an animal. That does not happen very often with sanctuaries but it can happen. Anyways, thank you <3

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    • Amy Zimmer December 18, 2019 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you! I am a very transparent person and I am out here doing my thing taking care of farm family, therefore I don’t get too tied up in the labels. Some people get very sore over using the word Sanctuary if you aren’t doing it their perceived way, so I think this works. Thanks for being here and commenting – super appreciate it!

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  • Beckie Thomas December 30, 2019 at 6:06 am

    We love watching your live feeds and have fallen in love with your farm family as well. The past few years have been tough and my health is a byproduct of that. But your little piece of paradise brightens our days. Thank you for sharing … So glad we found you.

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    • Amy Zimmer January 7, 2020 at 12:24 pm

      I am so glad that you are here! Animals are a wonderful way to connect and share a smile so that is exactly what I set out to do. So happy you are here and enjoy every little aspect of our farm…

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  • amy February 21, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    Wonderful! I love your philosophy, and your joyful love of animals is heartwarming. Such great energy!

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    • Amy Zimmer February 22, 2020 at 9:24 am

      Thank you!!! I guess my overall message is I’m staying in my lane and doing my thing. I don’t need labels, I just want to do me….Thank you so much for being here and enjoying our little farm. We just want to share our happiness and sunshine.

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  • JoEllen Boggess March 14, 2020 at 6:26 am

    I look forward to your farm life every day and sometimes just repeat other days ❤ I share your love for animals too and I literally feel my own blood pressure and heart rate drop into “post massage” mode. Thank you for sharing this golden time with us. I feel like I am right there soaking in the love these precious animals provide. I would be doing the exact same thing if my farm only Id get nothing else done! 😁😉 thank you again!

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    • Amy Zimmer March 14, 2020 at 8:48 am

      Thank you for being here and dropping a comment! It is SO hard to get much done – so the time I do spend with them is so precious…It would be selfish to keep all of this goodness to myself.

      I hope you subscribe and continue to enjoy our content.

      Amy Zimmer

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