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.
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.