Valley Brook Farms Therapy and/or Work Barter Program
Can you provide the following:
We can accommodate flexible work hours, so contact us today to find out more or schedule an interview.We'll coordinate a schedule that'd work for both of us. There's always lots to be done. If you're not familiar with the "task", it takes time to show you how it's done.
Contact us to schedule a day & time to help: If you have to cancel, please call or email us to let us know!
Each situation will be arranged individually.
If you would like to garden in exchange for produce, super.
If you would like to tend livestock in exchange for eggs, or livestock wonderful.
If you would just like to spend time unwinding, you could try socializing and grooming animals, that is great too.
If you would like to work for hay to feed your animals that works also.
Possibilities are unlimited.
What are the Choices of Work to Do?
Learn all aspects of handling, husbandry and care of the following livestock:
Alpaca, cattle, sheep, poultry, goats, pigs, llama, camel and yaks
What Do You Get in Exchange for your Volunteer Work?
In addition to hands-on training in small-scale farming, gardening or livestock husbandry you could receive:
For 4-H groups, families with children, or a group for community service, we can also accommodate them with various age-appropriate tasks and educational hands-on programs.
If interested, please send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who are we and why should you think you might be able to learn from us
35 years as manager of the NY division of the world famous Southwind Farms Standardbred nursery. Two years as caretaker of Valley Brook Farms.
Kevin has experience as a leader of a crew at Southwind Farms. He can utilize tractors and all sorts of farm equipment. He typically put up 10000 square bales of top quality grass hay for the future race horses in our care. In 2016 he put up 900 round bales. He was the top shipper of the horses for Southwind Farms. He is also an accomplished carpenter and built many of the buildings on the NY farm.
Laura has an AAS degree in equine science with a Standardbred tilt, from SUNY Morrisville. For over 35 years she produced world class yearlings which were sold by Southwind Farms. Although she no longer rides, Laura does enjoy driving horses. In addition to horses Laura started and co-owned Jacob sheep as part of the Southwind Farms Jacob Sheep flock since 1989. This flock sold sheep all over the US and into Canada. Laura was instrumental in helping to bring Golden Guernsey Goats to the US in 1998. She developed and co-owned the Swind flock of Golden Guernsey goats while also raising Boer, fainting and pygmy goats. Southwind Farms always had beef cattle as well including at one point being certified organic in the 1980s and early 1990’s. We had up to 120 head of beef at one time and also concentrated on purebred polled Hereford cattle, which we dabbled at showing. Laura served as VP of the NY Hereford Assoc. during this time period. We also did some grass fed beef with Scottish Highlands.
In 2008 the focus at Southwind Farms, NY switched to food production. As part of this new focus Laura developed an on farm store as well as flocks of poultry for both meat and egg production. The store was used to sell farm produced beef, chicken, quail, pheasant, turkey, lamb, goat, rabbit, pork, (aquaponic) tilapia, and more. We also sold greenhouse and farm raised, sprouts, greens, tomatoes cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, asparagus, and much more. All of this as well as the supervision of all the livestock fell under Laura’s direction. Laura also took care of the marketing and advertising, attending the local farmers market and much more. There is a lot in there if you would like to pick our brains.
I am a daughter of God. I am a wife and a mother. I am an animal lover. I have devoted my life to the care and well being of animals. Each one has taught me valuable lessons. Each loss tore a piece from my heart. You are welcome to share some of my experiences here on this page.