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Where the Smiles Come to You

There’s nothing like a baby animal to put a smile on your face, and at Kindifarm, we get the pleasure of seeing those smiles every day. We’re so glad that we’re bringing so much happiness into the lives of the people we visit. Smiles for the Animals; Smiles for You Kindifarm is a wonderful place to work, as no two days are the same, and haven’t been ever since we started doing this back in 1992. Kindifarm was one of Australia’s first mobile animal farms, and was set up because there are many people who never get the chance to visit a real farm, especially those who live in urban areas. Why should all those people never experience the joy that interacting with animals can bring? We are lucky enough to experience the pleasure of the people we visit, as we offer them something that is fun and educational. Many of our customers have never been so close to baby animals, and the looks of delight on their faces when they feed and pet them makes our job thoroughly rewarding. The animals love it just as much as the humans, too! Our little crew includes piglets, lambs, calves, goats, baby chickens and ducks, rabbits, and guinea pigs. It may seem like an eclectic mix, but the one thing they all have in common is that they thrive on the attention! holding piglet A Wonderful Experience for All Ages At Kindifarm, we’ve learned that there is no age limit for enjoying getting close to animals. We do plenty of work with schools, but we also visit BUPA aged care homes throughout Sydney. The smiles on the faces of the elderly residents as they feed the animals warms our hearts. The interactions become even more lovely when the residents invite their grandchildren or local preschool kids along; it’s quite amazing to see how young and old alike are enchanted by the animals, and the animals revel in the amount of affection they’re getting! Read more about how we can bring a smile to your face with the article by Bupa Dental Insurance, 'Put a Smile on your Dial: Fun Places to Go!' Animals can put a smile on every face, and we hope to spread a lot more happiness to both young and old. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want us to bring some your way!

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A Kindifarm visit is Healthy for Children

Children love animals, and animals have health benefitsClick To TweetScientific proof that exposing children to farm animals can develop a healthy immune system!

Many studies have noted that children who grow up around farm animals are less likely to develop childhood diseases like asthma and eczema. However a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland digs deeper. It suggests that exposure to farm animals in early childhood may play an important role in increasing immunity. The study compared children with exposure to farm animals, to urban children with exposure to cats and dogs. The results imply that introducing children to foreign but benign animal cells and animal-associated bacteria promotes optimal immune system regulation. It makes their bodies less likely to overreact to allergens. And less likely to confuse ‘self’ with ‘other’. This improved immune system modulation guards against chronic inflammation, and inappropriate or exaggerated immune response. It guards against the development of autoimmune conditions. Most children love animals. This study along with many others, demonstrates this is something to be encouraged. piglet References: http://www.thinkinghumanity.com/2016/01/study-shows-exposure-to-animals-in-early-childhood-supports-immune-development.html The doctoral dissertation of Heidi Kääriö, MSc, entitled The allergy and asthma protective effects of farm environment and pet animals - The role of immunomodulation is available for download at http://epublications.uef.fi/pub/urn_isbn_978-952-61-1993-9/urn_isbn_978-952-61-1993-9.pdf

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Little Pig at the Opera House!

BabeLittle Pig from Kindifarm in the arms of Nigel Westlake. Nigel is the Australian composer of the musical score for Babe. The movie is to be screened at the Opera House Concert Hall, accompanied by Nigel's score played live by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The film was an international hit and winner of eight Academy Awards. The music  'If I had words' draws on that famous tune from the finale of Saint-Sae?ns' 'Organ' Symphony. Did you know 48 different pigs were used to make the movie Babe? This was because they grow up so quickly!  

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Lucky enough to kiss the pig!

pig kissing Kindifarm visited Thomas Hassall Anglican College for their annual fund-raising festival. Students voted with their spare change on which teacher they wanted to ‘Kiss the Pig’ and science teacher Rod Fortuin was the lucky winner! What a lucky teacher. And what a great day was had by all.

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Piglet visits Kyle

Piglet enjoyed being part of Kyle and Jackie O’s ‘Who Do You Believe’ competition. It was pretty obvious Kyle had a real pig when it squealed into the microphone. Although Kyle thought the piglet was adorable, he wasn’t as impressed when he realised he had pig poop on his arm!

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Animal Art

The animals visited the National Art School for their Summer School Program. Under the guidance of talented animal artist Pamela Vaughan, students developed some fantastic artwork.

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Amazing Parties

We have some very clever customers. Wendy created an amazing farm theme for her daughters party. Wish you could have the same but don’t know where to start? Wendy runs a business called Saraphia Kakes – Cakes by Wendy and also provides dessert tables as a service! Kindifarm also has lots of party ideas on our Pinterest boards.

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A very special Kindifarm visit

James won a free Kindifarm party in a colouring in competition. We were thrilled to hear it was the best party he had ever had! We recieved this lovely message from his mother, Samantha: “I have had several emails and texts from James’ party goers saying how much they enjoyed being part of the Kindifarm party because it was fun for both adults and children! For some children, this was the first time they’d ever been able to pat chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, pigs – even a cow!

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A very unusual proposal …

One father received a very unusual surprise in his front yard. Vincent’s cheeky son-in-law, Todd, hired five Kindifarm calves to greet him when he arrived at his Guildford home. The calves were hired as a “dowry” so that Todd could ask his daughter’s hand in marriage! The marriage tradition in Ghana (Vincent’s hometown) requires the groom to provide a dowry of five cows – luckily we could help out and he said YES! Congratulations guys!

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Kindifarm visits Peckys

“It was wonderful to see the positive effects these animals had on our clients. One client, who was a little aversive to patting the rabbit later became involved in bottle feeding a goat. The variety of animals and activities the clients could experience really meant that there was something for everyone to engage in.

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Our favourite visit

The animals from Kindifarm visit the children at Westmead Children’s Hospital every month. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the smiles on childrens’ faces during an otherwise difficult time.

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