Forget Me Not Farm
Located on the grounds of the Humane Society of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa, Forget Me Not Farm provides a program that works with abused and neglected children and at-risk youth, teaching them gentleness and empathy through carefully planned interactions with plants and animals.
As an award winning animal assisted and horticultural therapy program, the Farm provides weekly sessions for the children that are filled with lessons about nurturing, gentleness, kindness and compassion. With the help of staff and volunteers they learn about the life cycle of planting seeds and tending plants in the organic garden, as well as harvesting crops and flowers for their personal enjoyment and as food for the farm
In this way Forget Me Not Farm becomes part of a series of relationships in which seeds grow into vegetables and flowers, animals grow into companions to be cared for and played with, and adults grow into trusted and protective guides and mentors, all designed to increase the child’s self-esteem and self-confidence.