About the Farm

OUR Mission

Critter Barn is dedicated to teaching about farming and agriculture while inspiring people of all ages, and all abilities, through the miracles in nature found at the farm.

 

Our Goals

 

  • Build a world class working farm
     

  • Impact more children, youth, and adults 
     

  • Build with Inclusive Design

 

  • Demonstrate Sustainability

 

  • Continue to be a Hands-On Educational Farm for all

Our Vision 

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  • To serve people through our farm
     

  • To inspire Learning through hands-on experiences 

 

  • To Inspire Youth to volunteer

 

  • To Share Values 

 

  • To Celebrate Nature 

Our CRITTERS

Cats, Cows, Donkey, Ducks, Geese, Goats, Hogs, Sheep, Horse, Turkeys, Hens, Rabbits

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Meet The Team

Meet Our BOard

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THE NEW FARM

On August 12, 2016, our Critter Crew volunteers planted a sign on our new property: Future Site of Critter Barn! The New Farm is located at 2950 80th Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464

 

We’re committed...to building an authentic teaching farm, providing hands-on education and real farm experiences. We will serve our community through our Universal Design plan so people of all ages and all abilities may be inspired.

OUR HISTORY

Our story began in 1984 when we moved to this farm. We were "out in the country." There was no subdivision, no highway to Grand Rapids, no gas station down the street, no Doc's Ranch across the street.  Just a house and two barns...


A surprise party planned by my church choir changed the course of our lives forever. In 3 hours they painted the barn and then put on a comedy show after a meal. We received our first animals that night, which unexpectedly brought us here!