BRINGING JOY TO PEOPLE THROUGH FARM EXPERIENCES
ABOUT THE FARM
Health, Happiness, and Hooves is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Fairfax County that strives to help and provide joy to individuals through interacting with farm animals, gardens, sustainable farm activities, and nature. Your support helps us provide free services to individuals in need of animal and equine therapy.
We started Health, Happiness, and Hooves to improve people’s lives through nature and animals. We are personally grateful for how nature and animals have enriched our lives, and want to spread our gratitude by sharing these gifts with the community. Based on our passion for nature and fun, as well as abundant research suggesting a wide range of social, emotional, and cognitive benefits of animal and nature interactions, we formed our vision: To improve the lives of children and adults with temporary or long-term social, emotional, and cognitive special needs.
Nature and animals heal, soothe, restore, and connect. Our favorite documented benefits include lowered blood pressure, heightened mental and physical relaxation, improved mood, and enhanced capacity to form positive relationships with others. In fact, we think it’s really cool that scientists have hypothesized that seeing animals in a peaceful state brings us signal of safety and security, which can trigger a state of personal change and healing!
Our visitors benefit from customized experiences, which we design based on the goals of each individual. We are flexible on everything except fun – that’s a must!
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