As a Third Generation Female Farmer who is getting the opportunity to continue my parents work and dream of the education of children, for their 25 years and now my responsibility. Benton Farms was created into Benton Family Farm as approved by the IRS as a 501(C)3 organization. What do we do and why do we need your help as a nonprofit?......Simply, I can tell you that SMALL farms are a dying breed and will soon be gone and only classified as agritainment. What do I mean by this? Farms are inviting the public but getting commercialized in the process, bringing in animals that you usually just saw at a zoo, which is good for some but NOT in our scope or mission of what we think is agricultural education! We need SUPPORT to get school children to a real family working farm. For so many children this is not even an option due to high cost of busing and rising costs since 2008. "We get one field trip a year and we choose the Benton Farm Experience." said by a teacher in Kenton Co. I grew up on this farm and my Father farmed this farm for over 70 years, till he passed in 2014. Over those years he always had to do extra trades/jobs off the farm just to keep the farm and feed his own family and raising food for the community. Farming was hard and remains NO different as Mother Nature is not always your best friend. We struggled as I look back now, but then I never knew any difference! Just in operating expenses in keeping the tractors and wagons for hayrides going and getting enough pumpkins planted for all the children takes so much time and money. I haven't mentioned all the animals we are asked to take in and give a home to their dying days and provide medical treatment to which all totals up in expensive vet and special feeds for aging animals who like us, as they age need softer and easier food to digest. Your support in funds totally goes back to the farm and allows us to say YES we can do your field trip free as we have supporters who want to see the education given to children. I must share a story. A teacher once said from Covington "My kids don't know what a field of grass even looks like and when they step off the bus take a moment and look at their eyes" My family and staff did just that, as we take for granted as we walk and work on this ground, and now it just makes our passion to complete our mission of continuing agricultural education even stronger. Don't expect a playground, bouncy house, face painting, train rides.......but do expect to get a hands on farm experience of milking a cow/goat, shearing a sheep, seeing the pigs, holding the baby chicks, petting a baby lamb which all comes with a story and the history of the importance of a FARMER. I hope this explanation helps you understand our goal and mission here at Benton Family Farm. Thank You for your support large or small as everyone's HELP makes a difference.
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Benton Family Farm | 11896 Old Lexington Pike, Walton Kentucky