The Charm Farm, offering educational programs for children
The Charm Farm Refuge is a safe haven for animals as well as providing interactive, educational programs for children.
BOX ELDER, S.D. — What started out as an animal rescue farm in Box Elder, has turned into a place for children to learn about animals.
The Charm Farm features mostly all rescued animals, from a small tortoise to donkeys, geese, goats, horses, chickens, pigs, and ducks.
Owner Tamara Lile combined her love for animals and educating children into this non-profit that teaches animal care, gardening and horseback riding.
The outreach programs also educate kids about social and environmental sustainability.
Lile says, “They do learn how to take care of animals and how to ride horses, but our main primary focus is giving them the attitude that we are in this together and to work together. We utilize cooperative work and creative play in order to do that, but we hope that they are getting a whole lot more than just how to feed chickens or how to clean out a coop.”
The Charm Farm Refuge is adamant about cultivating trusting relationships between the animal residents and human life to support the social and emotional wellness of both lives.
The Charm Farm’s next fundraising event it the Goat Gala on Saturday, August 31, featuring food, cocktails, live music, dancing and of course a petting zoo. Child care is provided for a small fee.