We are ecstatic to announce that CSUN has recently partnered with Kindred Spirits Care Farm, located in Canoga Park! Kindred Spirits' other partners include John R. Wooden High School, UCLA and Canoga Park High School.
What is Kindred Spirits Care Farm? According to their website, Kindred Spirits Care Farm "is a place where people can come and reconnect to the earth, animals, nature and themselves. It is a farm where we have plants and animals living in harmony with nature, doing what they do as natural creatures. Yes, there is human intervention, but we will always do things in as natural a way as possible. We plant the plants, and harvest the fruits and veggies, but we do it all in harmony with nature using permaculture principles. All our farmed animals are rescues who, although they will have to live in fenced enclosures for everyone’s safety, will get to live natural lives and to express their natural behaviors."
What is exactly is 'care farming'? According to their website, care farming "connects the healing power of horticultural therapy and/or animal therapy in a farm environment with vulnerable people who can benefit from meaningful time with plants and animals. The long term efficacy of care farming has been validated statistically in several studies in Western Europe where care farming is a common practice."
Interesting facts about Kindred Spirits Care Farm:
All of their farm animals (which include goats, pigs, alpacas, chickens, rabbits and geese) are rescued from abandonment, abuse or neglect and now live happy, loved lives at the care farm; their stories are shared with students, visitors and volunteers, giving hope to people who might have experienced the same things.
They help build a sense of community by training people on how to feed themselves and their communities through organic yard farming and urban agriculture techniques.
All of their work is rooted in practices designed to improve soil, air, and water while giving people the chance to simultaneously grow food that will nourish their bodies, minds and spirits.
In 2014, John R. Wooden High School (a continuation high school for at-risk kids) became KSCF's first official project and location. Since then, their students have helped their school's farm evolve and built a community that has brought hope and healing to vulnerable people.
We are excited for our students to engage with Kindred Spirits Care Farm and urge you to check out their website to learn more about how you can help! 🐷