What Is A Safe Haven Hobby Farm?

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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.

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    • I found you on instagram and followed you immediately. But then I had to know more which landed me here. The genuine care and love I see you have for these animals makes my heart sing ! It is just so pure and beautiful. Thank you Amy for taking the time to share this with us. You are a beautiful soul. We are lucky there are people in the world like you! 🚜🌞🌻🐈🐓🦃🐏🐑🐐🐖🐃🐷🐄🐮🐣🐥

      I wish your farm was a B&B so we could visit and cuddle with the animals too! LOL
      How about I just bring my own tent…and I’ll clean barns, feed, haul hay and shovel shit just to meet Ernest and give snuggles to all the juggling daisies animals !! Teeeheeehee

      OMGosh I feel silly. I got too excited before searching the wesite as it IS possible to stay!

      BUCKET LIST #1 – VISIT JUGGLING DAISIES

      • Yes it in deed is available for you to stay at!!! Only a hand full of people have, a few more in September…Kevin and I both really enjoy sharing our life and farm while you visit. Of course the animals love all of the attention too…

  1. 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 ❤️

  2. 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

  3. 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

    • 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!

    • 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!

      • Seeing your videos and pictures is a highlight every day. Those animals are happy and healthy and they love you as much as you love them. Thank you for sharing the wonder and beauty of this relationship with the world. It brings joy to my heart and peace to my soul. Thank you.

        • Joy and peace are so needed this strange year and always. It makes me so happy and encourages me to keep sharing the more you all respond so well to us. We appreciate you being here and following along on our journey. If you don’t already be sure to check out Behind The Daisies as well.

    • 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…

  4. 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)

    • 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

    • 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…

    • 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.

  8. 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!

    • 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

  9. Amy,
    So glad that I found your site. It is such a bright spot in this dark time.
    Just love all the animals, especially the kitties. God Bless and thank you.

    • So glad that you are here Barbara! It means a lot that you have come as far as our blog to check us out. If you haven’t yet check out Behind the Daisies too!!! Thanks again and God Bless!

  10. I just wanted to tell you that due to you (and a bit of quarantine panic) we just got our first chickens! We have a small backyard in suburban DC, but I have always been an animal lover and I’m glad to have my tiny beginnings of a farm 🙂

  11. Who needs Facebook when we have YOU?! Sincerely love love love y’all!! Thank you truly and God Bless you all!! Deb from Boise

    • Facebook isn’t everything that it used to be…I’m glad that here and on Instagram I am able to share a little bit of our love and light between myself and the animals. We are building a beautiful community and everyone of you mean so much…Thank you for being here!

  12. I don’t recall how I found you and your farm last year but I’m so grateful that I did. I always look forward to learning about the animals, seeing your beautiful farm and barn (great barn) and of course watching you interact with interact so lovingly with your “family”. Always brightens my day. Absolutely priceless. Thank you doesn’t seem generous enough. (:

    • I appreciate the words of encouragement! It really does mean a lot. The best way to support the farm is by commenting on posts and sharing our account with those you love or feel they would enjoy it. The more we grow the more hearts we can touch. The world needs a little happiness right now.

  13. When ever I feel a little down in the dump, all I have to do is go to Juggling Daisies, it makes me smile every time! Thank you Amy for sharing your Happy Place❤️

  14. As a fellow animal lover I totally get where you are coming from in this post. I’m a huge philanthropist and make it a priority to try to make a substantial impact on this world in terms of animal rights. However, at home my pets are my family. Just like what you mentioned, if my wife and I took in every animal we wanted to “rescue” personally into our homes; we would no longer be able to provide the best care for our pets.

    So I help with my money but at home its about making sure my pet family members get the best quality of life possible. That means being very strict with the number of pets we keep at any time. By the way thank you for all that you do. Its people like you that spread the awareness to others who may not realize just how similar animals are to us humans and how they deserve the same opportunity to live life without pain like any human.

    • Thank you for your beautiful comment! Animals have huge personalities that vary from animal to animal. Thank you for taking great care with all of those that are under your roof. Be well…

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