Serenity Farm Animal Sanctuary often resembles a Beatrix Potter illustration. Farm animals are all lovingly cared for in a chemical free environment that includes pollinator gardens and a certified wildlife habitat. Funding to support the sanctuary is provided by donations and 10% of the sales from the Instinctive Pet farm store located on the property.
Rabbits live in a colony setting where they can live a natural life in a family group. They play and sleep together and regularly groom each other. There are both indoor and outdoor areas with tunnels, sleeping pods, platforms, brush piles and climbing sections. The dusting area of diatomaceous earth mixed with sand and fresh herbs allows the rabbits to naturally deter potential parasites. Their diet consists of hay, grass, vegetables and herbs with supplementation of Mana Pro pellets. They are a happy group who run to greet visitors to their home.
The chickens and ducks live together in a barn with free-access to a fenced area. To protect them from predators, we use a 200 foot electric poultry fence that can easily be moved to allow constant access to fresh grass. In addition to pasture they are given fresh vegetables, herbs and layer feed. A portion of our garden is planted especially for the poultry.
The goats are a wonderful part of the farm sanctuary and often provide amusement. Nutmeg, Lily and Charlotte arrived as babies and were bottle fed on the farm. Matcha came to us from another rescue. Charlotte, the youngest member of the group, amuses us with her antics and will climb on anything within reach. When Charlotte first arrived she was so tiny she lived in the house and slept on a raised dog bed. She is very dog-like and will curl up in your lap when you sit on the ground.
Three potbelly pigs are the most recent additions. Groot, Harley and Boots love to have the soft spot behind their ears scratched and Groot will roll on his side for a stomach rub. They are a talkative trio and have a lot to say to visitors.
Pollinator gardens are ever-changing and expanding. In addition to native flowering plants, other aspects are included for a complete habitat. Small swales are incorporated for butterflies to re-hydrate and soak up minerals from the soil. A decorative pond includes a fountain that splashes rocks for the bees. Trees, bushes, and native grasses are strategically placed for pollinators to rest and roost overnight. A focal point is the B’ville Apiary hives which are always full of activity. These honey bees are the first to discover the Bee Balm patch when it blooms.
A portion of Serenity Farm is devoted to reforesting with native trees and under-story plants. With guidance from the Virginia Forestry Department we chose a variety of specimens that support birds and wildlife. Trees and shrubs include Redbud, Dogwood, Hazelnut, Oak, Elderberry, Indigobush, Lespedeza, Locust, Hawthorn, Crabapple, and Sweet Gum. Fallen branches are used to create brush piles and dead trees are left as snags as a wildlife refuge.