Grace Falls Farm is a small farm in Apache Junction,
Arizona with a mission to "Rescue the Horse, Mentor
the Child, and Heal the Hearts of Both". Our goal at
Grace Falls Farm is to create an environment where
at-risk children can begin the healing process through
the kindness of an equine friend. Sir Winston
Churchill wrote it best, "The best thing for the inside of
man is the outside of a horse."
The "at-risk child" has a very broad definition. On one
end of the spectrum a child could be going through a
divorce in their family, lost a grandparent, having a
hard time fitting in at school, or contemplating whether
life is worth living or not. At the other end of the
spectrum are kids dealing with chronic challenges
such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy,
and Down syndrome.
At Grace Falls Farm every life is precious, is worth
living for, and every heartbeat represented has
amazing value and potential! Kids walk away from
our farm knowing they matter!
The volunteers at Grace Falls Farm strive to create a
safe place where children can learn about themselves
through games, horsemanship, love, time, and
appreciation, and overcome their challenges through
the love of the horses and people around them. We
are not a counseling agency, riding club, therapy
provider, or a babysitting service. We believe this is a
place where "Kids Matter”. No child will be turned
away as long as they are willing to come and
Group Sessions are currently held on Tuesdays and
Thursdays throughout the season. Kids (and their
families if desired) join together for 90 minutes of
horse and non-horse activities such as caring and
grooming horses, riding, crafts, and games. Respect
and responsibility for the horses and each other are
key focal points.
Individual sessions are currently held on
Wednesdays throughout the season. One child pairs
up with one mentor and one horse and works on a
farm chore, caring and grooming the horse, and
ultimately riding the horse if appropriate. Not every
session includes riding.
The Cost. There is absolutely no charge to attend a
session. The costs are entirely funded by public
donations. For information on how you can donate,
click on How Can I Help?
Meeting on specific Saturday during the season, “The
Trough” is a potluck style get-together with those
families that utilize the Farm. Activities generally
include an opportunity to get to know one another,
campfire, silly songs, s'mores, and people who choose
to share their stories. It is a free evening. The Trough
usually runs from 6-8:30PM, but it is always wise to
check the our Facebook page at www.facebook.
com/GraceFallsFarm or the Calendar invite before
making plans. RSVPs are required if you would like to
join in the fun!
While Grace Falls Farm operates all year round
(horses always have to eat!), the farm offers Sessions
and The Trough from October through May in three
eight-week blocks, with a break for the Holiday
season. From May through September, the farm
closes for the protection of the horses and the children
in the hotter months. During this time the horses are
cared for and given a time of rest so they may be
ready to go for the following season.
|When are sessions and other events?
Go to the Calendar for dates