News & Events
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Introducing our new Mini farmer program!
We are so excited to announce the addition of our Mini Farmer Program! This new adventure is for the little ones not yet old enough for our full day summer camp. We will be offering a hands-on experience with the animals that is age appropriate as well as a project or craft. For more information please see our Farm Camp page.
We are now offering Birthday Parties!
If you have an animal loving kid that would like the experience of a birthday party at the F.A.R.M. we can make it happen!
Be sure to check out our Birthday Party page for all the details on how we can make that special day one that they will never forget!
visit the f.A.r.m. on a Field Trip!
If you have a group that would be benefit from a visit to the F.A.R.M. let us know! We would love to have you come and experience what we are all about. We can cater to your group size and age and offer a variety of options that fit your needs. Preschools, daycare centers, schools and other organizations are welcome! Please reach out to Christine Dudley to discuss a possible visit.
about Our Farm
The Farm Animal Rescue of Maine is a non profit animal rescue and sanctuary. We are dedicated to provide a stable and loving environment to a variety of farm animals. Our farm is open to abused or neglected animals, as well as animals that can no longer be cared for. Our focus is compassion and care, providing solutions to those in need while enhancing education among our community.
The Farm Animal Rescue of Maine exists to provide love and safety to farm animals.
With a decline in traditional farming and homesteading, these once valued assets now find themselves in auctions, where they are severely mistreated and sold without conscience. They are neglected and go uncared for due to incompetence or lack of value. They are abandoned into environments that cannot sustain their well-being. While the majority of this happens due to a lack of compassion and understanding, there are also cases of loved farm animals finding themselves in the same situation.
Due to the high level of care and maintenance required, too often, a family illness or hardship will force these beloved beings to be re-homed, sold, or simply given away. Inevitably they can find themselves in a kill pen being sold with an undetermined future.
The F.A.R.M. provides a solution to those that may find themselves in need.
We offer sanctuary to those animals that find themselves forever changed, whether emotionally or physically. So many times abused or neglected animals loose the value of trust among humans. We will provide them the care that they may need to overcome these obstacles and learn the true meaning of compassion.
We offer rescue for the ones that need a helping hand. Through our respected adoption process, these once lost souls can find solace in the hands of capable and understanding community members that are willing to open their doors and hearts to them. This is the ultimate outcome that we strive for. To find a perfect match for an otherwise imperfect situation gives us the ultimate satisfaction.
We offer options to those families that can no longer care for a beloved member of their animal family. This is not only the most heartbreaking of situations but also the most common. It is no secret the amount of work and financial support that these animals must receive. When a family finds themselves in a situation that dictates that a choice must be made, we are here to help. We can offer a safe and caring environment for them to re-home their animals to. We can also help to make arrangements to temporarily provide assistance until they are able to get back on their feet.
The F.A.R.M. is located on a 6 acre property in beautiful South Berwick, Maine. The original home was built in the 1890's and operated as a working farm. The land was kept and maintained for and by the animals that lived here. We feel it is our responsibility to continue on this tradition, allowing the animals to be the ones that get to enjoy it.
Jenny & Annie
Cosmo & Maple
Wren & Stimpy
Ducks & Chickens
Hank & Brickle
Fred & Wilma
What is farm camp?
Our camp is for like-minded animal lovers who want to make a difference. We give kids hand-on experience with animals of all kinds, while promoting responsible pet ownership, increased education among our campers and community, and provide volunteer opportunities throughout the area. We strive to tap into the wide range of skills and talents of our campers while improving social skills and creating a heightened sense of achievement. The camp will also provide a strong sense of accomplishment by increasing their community involvement and working together for a cause.
water water everywhere!
When the day gets hot the kids get wet! With our perfect little river the kids can take a dip and swing from a tree or take a ride down our 100 foot water slide!
Everyone will get relief from the crazy farm life with some down time. This includes campfires, splitting up to enjoy favorite animals, working on a craft or simply sitting outside and taking in the scenery.
What does it take to own an animal? How long do they live? What animals makes sense for your family? Here at camp we will answer all of those questions plus many more!
Kids love scouting around the property looking for frogs, crayfish and other things found in nature.
We will play a variety of camp games that every kid of every age will enjoy!
Hands on experience
Gain experience and knowledge from local vets, farriers, wildlife rehabilitators, trainers, and other professionals in various fields.
We will show the kids how easy it can be to create delicious farm to table food.
The kids will participate in making a variety of items for our animals as well as items to donate to other organizations.
Get hands-on experience working with a variety of farm animals.
We will plant a variety of flower and vegetable gardens and teach basic gardening skills that the kids can use at home.
local field trips
We will venture to other local farms to expand our knowledge and experiences.
We will have the kids participate in daily farm chores and small projects that will allow them to get a feel of working on a real farm.
Camp is open to any child between the ages of 6 and 13
We will provide snacks throughout the day - We ask that each child bring a lunch and water bottle
Other items to bring to camp:
Sunscreen - Bug Spray (if you have a specific kind you prefer) - Bathing Suit & Towel - Hat - Change of Clothes - Mud Boots - Sneakers (open toed shoes my be brought but will only be allowed if the kids are not working with any animals) - Work Gloves
If you would like to leave any items at the farm for the week, we will have space available for the kids to store some items here to avoid having to bring items back and forth each day.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in signing up for camp. Space is limited each week and we want to make sure that everyone that would like to join us has the opportunity to do so. Please feel free to contact us in whichever way is most convenient for you - Phone, email, Facebook or the Contact Us page here on our website.
Our summer camp kicks off on June 24th!!
Camp Weeks - 2019
June 24 -June 28 July 8 - July 12 July 15 - July 19 July 29 - August 2
August 5 - August 9 August 19 - August 23 August 26 - August 30
Days will run from 9am to 3pm
Cost - $275/Week
This program is for children ages 2 to 5
We offer a hands-on experience with our animals that is age appropriate and focused on understanding farm living and the outdoors
We will offer time in our garden and go on a walk around the farm!
Please make sure the kids bring closed toed shoes and either a bathing suit or something they can get wet in
We do ask that a parent or chaperone stay for the duration of the program for the safety of the animals and the children
Cost for the mini farmer day - $20.00/child $10.00/additional sibling
payment is not required until arrival
Mini farmer days
Saturdays from 10am to Noon
July 13th August 3rd August 24th
if you are interested in joining us please send us an email, text, phone call or Facebook message with your name, number of children attending and the date you would like to attend
A Birthday party at the F.A.R.M. will be one that they will never forget!
With two different party options we can make it the experience that fits your needs
All parties include an unlimited number of children
we do not provide any food or decorations, but are more than happy to ACCOMMODAte any food or decorations that you would like to bring
Option 1 - one hour party - $100.00
This option is ideal for the mini farm lovers - we will introduce them to the animals on the farm as well as encourage age appropriate interactions - We can also include a variety of fun activity stations - Small wadding pool, bubbles, water balloons, or even a campfire with s'mores!
Option 2 - three hour party - $250.00
This option includes animal interactions as well as a variety of fun activities to choose from - campfire with s'mores, 100 foot slip & slide, mud run, water balloons and much more! - We also offer an opportunity for the kids to work in our garden and plant their own item to take home
Daisy came to us from a concerned family. They received her as a baby when she was nice and little and told that she was a mini pot belly pig. As she grew older and bigger, they became concerned that they may have gotten in over their heads. When they fell on hard financial times, things just went downhill from there. After 4 years of being a beloved indoor pet pig they decided it was time to seek other options. Even though this was not an easy decision, and Daisy was very adored by her owners, they knew in the end it was what was best for her. When we met Daisy she was severely overweight and had a difficult time walking. To their surprise, Daisy is in fact a mini pot belly pig. This is such a common mistake. The word "mini" makes people think that they are going to remain small. However, these pigs are "mini" in relation to their pig cousins the farm hogs. We transported Daisy to our farm and started her on a diet with proper nutrition and allowed her to live outside to encourage movement and exercise.
With an overdue nail trim and exposure to a new environment, Daisy started to make HUGE improvements! She discovered her love of water and fresh grass, along with an insatiable love of acorns!
After just a few months, her physical transformation was astounding. She dropped weight and started a daily routine of taking morning walks around the farm. It was such a pleasure to watch her interact with all the other animals on the farm and actually enjoy being a pig. Even though she came from a very loving family, this is all too often what happens. We have the best intentions and unfortunately get in over our heads. The animals prevail when we recognize the need for help and reach out for it.
Peggy has quite the story! Peggy is a very large 3 year old female pig, that was won at a local fair pig scramble. When the family brought her home, they realized quite quickly that this was not an ideal situation. Even though they had the best of intentions, this is yet another example of how a situation can go from good to bad in the blink of an eye. She was kept for 3 years in a very muddy area where she out grew her shelter and was not fed appropriately. She struggled thru 3 winters without a proper enclosure and not enough food energy to stay warm. She quickly became overweight due to poor nutrition and lack of mobility. When a local family came to visit Peggy's home for an unrelated matter, they were immediately concerned for Peggy's situation. This began a year long search for a new home for her. Unfortunately due to the nature of pigs on farms, her future was an undetermined one. What they wanted was a home that would take her in and show her that life didn't have to be one of struggle and survival. They wanted her to experience affection and joy, and warmth on those cold winter days. What they were being offered was an end of life solution. For this amazing family, that had no responsibility to her, that was not an option.
When I received a phone call from this wonderful concerned woman, I knew we had to help. I went to visit Peggy and saw the conditions she was accustomed to. It was a very bitter cold day with freezing rain coming down. Peggy lay outside under a door that had been propped up in a corner of her pen. It was not enough of an area to cover her entire body, so most of her was exposed to the freezing rain coming down. She was so overweight that lifting up just her front half was a struggle. We decided that we would take her in asap. The next problem was transportation. How do you move an almost 1000 lb pig that has almost no mobility. After a week of ideas being tried and failing, we were all getting discouraged. I was starting to think that the best option for Peg was in fact an end of life solution. We didn't want her to suffer and the trauma of what she was experiencing could put her body over the limits of what it could endure. However, the perseverance and unrelenting determination of one woman and her husband would not allow that to be the end that Peggy was destined for.
A horse trailer was set up with hay, food and water in the hopes that Peggy would be encouraged to find her way inside of it. After 3 days that is just what she did! Peg was immediately brought to the F.A.R.M. where we again set up the trailer in front of her new stall where we hoped she would find her way out. It took just a few hours for her to find her heat lamp set up in a nice and dry warm stall with fresh water and food. I can't even begin to describe the amount of relief that was felt by everyone involved. After a year of complete dedication and love for this pig, the Turner family made Peggy's life possible. How many people would go out of their way on a daily basis for a year to take care of a pig that wan't theirs? How many of us could say that giving up was never going to be an option?
I am so grateful for people like the Turner's that refuse to take anything less than what they know is possible.
Peggy is now happy and WARM on our farm. She has started to stand on all four legs and actually take a few steps! When spring comes we will open up her area and encourage her to make her way in this world. She has become such a bright light in our daily lives here on the farm and I am sure she will be a great addition to our educational experiences at camp.