Our Farmhouse Adventure

Photo by volunteer Derek Bowers

Caring for animals and the earth is not only a privilege it is our responsibility. It is responsibility we take seriously, but at the same time we feel learning about the animals is fun and rewarding. Be sure to visit often to follow our farmhouse adventures, keep up to date on what’s new at the farmhouse, learn fun facts and how to care for farm, exotic and wild animals and nature through our farmhouse blog.  Thank you for stopping by the Farmhouse blog page. Ya’ll come back now ya hear!

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Annette Laliberte

Farmhouse Animal and Nature Sanctuary (FANS) located in Myakka City, is always looking for like-minded animal lovers to help with the seemingly never-ending list of chores to be done at the sanctuary. Whether its regular maintenance like raking leaves or cleaning the feeding areas to larger projects like fence or irrigation repairs to painting FANS can always use good help. One of those helpers is volunteer, Annette Laliberte. Annette tells us that “Caring for animals and the

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Tortoise vs Turtles

by Sandra Krug What is a tortoise anyway? Is it just a fancy way to say “turtle”? Well, there is a difference. “Turtle” is the umbrella term for all 200 species of the Testudines group, which includes turtles, tortoises, and terrapins. All tortoises are turtles—that is, they belong to the order Chelonia, reptiles having bodies encased in a bony shell from which their head and limbs protrude—but not all turtles are tortoises. Reptiles are cold-blooded,

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Volunteer Spotlight: Leah Riggle

Every so often we will interview one of our volunteers. Learn why they volunteer, what they like about being a volunteer and advice they would give to new volunteers and more. Here is our Q&A with Leah Riggle! FANS: How Did you hear about Farmhouse and what made you decide to become a volunteer? Leah: My mom told me about it, and I really wanted to volunteer with animals and help take care of them.

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HomeGrown Heroes: Holley Dekmar

Holley, a full time mother of four, wanted to do something to help her local community. With the stay at home order in place, kids being homeschooled and most places closed to the public, she had to get creative. She turned to social media, starting a fundraising group on Facebook called Giving Back 941. Her goal is to help as many local nonprofits as she can by raising funds through a fun and innovative online

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Community Bag Program

We are so excited to share that Farmhouse Animal and Nature Sanctuary has been selected to be a part of the Community Bag Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment. The Giving Tag Program, which launched in February 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and

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Volunteer Spotlight: Sandra Krug

Every so often we will interview one of our volunteers. Learn why they volunteer, what they like about being a volunteer and advice they would give to new volunteers and more. .Meet Sandra Krug, she, and her husband, Garrett, not only volunteer but they are both on our board of directors. Sandra was recently interviewed by Patty of Let’s Talk Pets Radio show on behalf of FANS: How did you hear about Farmhouse and what

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HomeGrown Heroes: Prospect Riding Center

by Jessica Waller Prospect Riding Center (PRC) is a therapeutic and recreational horseback riding center focused on helping individuals with special needs overcome physical, developmental, and psychological challenges. Located on over 20 acres in Myakka City, the staff and volunteers provide a warm, nurturing, and safe environment for riders to develop core strength and balance, enhanced self-esteem, and increased communication and social skills. The fun and educational experience is aimed at promoting a lifelong interest

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HomeGrown Heroes – Connie Kauffman

Founder of Empowerment Gulfcoast After their 30-year-old son (middle child), who had overcome opioid addiction, passed away from thyroid disease, possibly triggered by his previous drug use, Connie and Chuck Kauffman began to search for answers. They kept circling back to one over-riding factor: loss of hope. With friends and other concerned community members, Empowerment Gulfcoast, Inc. formed to help young adults counter that struggle by offering a multi-faceted approach: professional counseling (if needed), financial

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HomeGrown Heroes: Giving Alliance Myakka City

Giving Alliance of Myakka City, Inc. (GMAC) conducts programs to promote, uphold, and empower the general welfare of the community by providing access to human resources to those in need. Programs target Manatee County, FL residents, living in Myakka City and nearby areas. GAMC Directors include Dan Cacchiotti, Rose Riggle, Yvonne Aronin, Kerri Carter, Dennis Wallick, Carl Patrick. Not only are they Directors, but they also volunteer regularly. It takes all of them to make

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