Hutto's Simple Sparrow Care Farm expanding to include neighboring property, on-site counseling
"We're super, super excited to have this in-house credentialed therapy service now that we can offer," Tanner said.
Previously, counselors and therapists met clients on the farm in the outdoors, and meetings were subject to the weather. Now, the care farm can expand its offerings and provide a place for counselors to meet their clients regardless of weather.
Tanner said the Simple Sparrow Care Farm offers therapeutic farm education to individuals, schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations to provide an environment where people experiencing trauma or recovering from traumatic experiences, addiction, depression and anxiety can learn to care for animals and land, grow compassion, and heal.
In-house counseling and therapy services have been offered since June, Tanner said, through a partnership with Restorative Hope Counseling and Therapy Services. They make appointments with and meet clients at the farm and work indoors or outdoors, depending on weather conditions, to use farm work or animal interaction for therapeutic purposes.
"One of the other programs we launched is a residential internship program for people to actually live here, shadow us, learn how to care for animals and gardens and learn the trauma-informed care aspect of things, and then take it back to their practice," Tanner said.
The care farm also provides opportunities for those who are interested in learning how to care for animals before purchasing them to raise at home for food or adopt as pets as well as gardening and other aspects of farming and sustainability. Multiple volunteer opportunities are also available.