WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – You can find yourself on the farm in Winston-Salem Saturday without ever leaving the city.
Volunteers hoping to save an animal therapy program at The Children’s Home on Reynolda Road are inviting the public to tour the site.
The Children’s Home will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
“This place has been here for 100 years and this is just a great opportunity for people to come out and see what’s here; see what a fantastic resource it is and what the future might hold here,” said Dan Gentry.
Gentry helped develop a business plan for the farm that’s now been adopted by The Children’s Home.
The group tried to shut down the farm in February. They sold some cattle and horses but once word got out about the sell-off, volunteers helped bring it to a stop.
“Our plan is, over the next year, we’re going to develop a sustainable agriculture program which will hopefully restore the therapy programs here,” said Gentry.
By next spring, Gentry hopes the farm is selling produce through a farmer’s market and through a program in which consumers purchase baskets on a regular basis before they know what has been harvested.
Gentry also envisions grass-fed beef and egg sales in the farm’s future.
All this is being done to attempt to make the farm self-sustaining. If it works, there’s hope that the animal therapy program can be fully restored for clients of The Children’s Home and expanded to help others in need like wounded warriors suffering from PTSD.
The home has helped thousands of children since it was established as a resource for troubled youth in 1909.