FARM

For many years, Southern Christian Children’s Home has owned 200 acres of land, including a 7-acre pond, in Solgohachia, which is located just outside of Morrilton. It’s here that children learn about nature and animals, as well as chores and dependability.

 

Southern Christian Children’s Home is looking to purchase a couple of horses.

Since we are working with children, we need good-looking horses that are very gentle (no buck, no kick, no bite).

We prefer horses that are at least 10 years old. Horses with years of experience roping, cutting, tailriding, and reining who are retired from their event would be great.

Younger horses will work fine if they are child friendly. The horses need to be 14 hands to 14-3 hands tall. We are looking for horses that do not dominate in pasture with other horses and are low on the totem pole.

We prefer to meet on your site for evaluation and purchase with a cash transaction. Donations are accepted provided the horse meets the same standards. Donation of horses are tax deductible through Southern Christian Home 501 c 3.

The horses will be pastured, owned, and cared for by the staff on the farm of Southern Christian Home, Solgohachia Road.

Contact Gary Gibson, Executive Director garyg@schome.org or mobile 806-678-6989.

 

There have been a variety of animals raised on the SCCH Farm over the years, from llamas to chickens. Currently, SCCH has ducks, chickens, cows, dogs, and horses on our land. We’re also preparing for the children to raise rabbits, goats, and lambs throughout 2022.

Chickens

The children raise chickens as part of the small animal program at the farm. As a new learning experience this year, the chicken eggs will be incubated. This is just one of the ways the farm offers opportunities for knowledge and discovery.

Seventeen-year-old Zavier is responsible for feeding the chickens, gathering, and cleaning eggs. He especially loves his one-footed chicken.  Zavier says that learning to care for the chickens has taught him to care for others as well.

Goats

Goats may be a lot of work, but our children consistently request to take care of these animals. An afternoon in the sunshine surrounded by playful goats is time well spent in the eyes of young people. It’s also a chance to learn patience and gentleness as they trim the goats’ fur for the county fair and periodically clean the pens.

Rabbits

Many of our gracious SCCH supporters have helped add rabbits to our list of small animals at the farm. These cuddly and furry animals will be raised to show at the County Fair. We have Rexes and New Zealand breeds, and they instantly make friends with our children.

Cattle

SCCH owns over 30 cows and 2 Gelbvieh bulls. Through our cattle operation, we’re able to educate children on campus about responsibility and dedication, and we have fresh beef year-round.

Horses

Many of our horses, though older, are instrumental in productive individual and group therapy sessions and equine education. We have Ellie, the newest member of the equine family, who’s friendly and sweet. The children adore this horse. And there’s also Bill, our smallest horse, who has a big personality! He loves attention and is full of energy.

“Do you give the horse his might? Do you clothe his neck with a mane? Do you make him leap like the locust?” Job 39:19-20a

County Fair

Before summertime, children are encouraged to choose an animal that they will raise, care for, and show at the Conway County Fair.
Their personalities shine through with their selections.

This year, the children have selected lambs, poultry, rabbits, and dairy goats as their projects to take to the fair. During the summer, they will have a goal to work towards, and the chores involved will be beneficial to their development and ability to meet challenges as a worker and as an individual.

If you have any questions about how to specifically help with our farm, please contact Charlie at charlie@schome.org. Thank you!