Learning Empathy in the Barnyard

Sep 23, 2013

Raymond the bull enjoys a hand-fed snack from a young visitor to Forget-Me-Not Farm
Credit Forget-Me-Not Farm

Learning how to treat horses, chickens and sheep helps kids from troubled backgrounds develop compassion for more than animals.

Even though the program and philosophy at Forget-Me-Not Farm are unusual by almost any standard, executive Director and founder Carol Rathman says that, for the kids, visiting the farm is an infrequent dose of normalcy in their disrupted lives.


  Rathman is fully convinced that the Forget-Me-Not experience is both instructive and healing. And even though it’s hard to quantify their results with hard data, the first-hand stories and other anecdotal evidence is overwhelmingly affirmative.

Forget-Me-Not Farm is profiled on the most recent edition of KRCB-TV's Community Health Connections. You can view the segment below.