SIMPLE SPARROW CARE FARM
1601 COUNTY ROAD 107, HUTTO
512-677-9102 • www.Simplesparrow.farm
PRIVATE VISITS START AT $45
At Simple Sparrow Care Farm, visitors get to enjoy feeding chickens and petting goats amid beautiful scenery. But, this nonprofit organization provides more than just a wonderful taste of farm life.
Simple Sparrow collaborates with schools, businesses, therapists, and other nonprofits to provide therapeutic farm education for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. “Our mission is to learn, grow, and heal, and we believe when people are equipped to take care of all living things—the animals and the land—they are better equipped to take care of themselves and other people,” says Jamie Tanner, founder and president of Simple Sparrow.
The farm also offers private tours to the public, in which groups and individuals can interact with 60 animals; chickens, rabbits, cats, dogs, and pigs. But don’t miss their adorable and gentle mini horse, or the much different Jacopo; a grumpy but protective llama that guards the goats.
In a stressful world, Simple Sparrow is an oasis —one simply cannot be stressed while cuddling a chick, petting a friendly goat or feeding a chicken out of the palm of your hand.
HOW IT BEGAN
When Jamie and her husband Eric bought the farm in 2013, it was simply so Jamie could give her children the same experience she had growing up on a farm as a child. After years of hosting friends and family for events and meals, it became clear that others benefited from farm life, too. “We realized animals and nature can be healing,” she says.
Jamie began bringing animals to local schools to talk about compassion, care, and self-awareness. She also invited therapists and their clients who benefited from farm therapy to the farm. The community responded with overwhelming support and Simple Sparrow Care Farm became an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2017.
Today, everyone from at-risk youth and sex trafficking survivors to domestic violence victims and veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder receive help at Simple Sparrow. “Anybody who’s misunderstood and marginalized, anybody who’s cast aside and overlooked, that’s where my heart is,” Jamie says.
The farm is especially needed during COVID-19, she adds, because it’s a safe place for many people who live in abusive homes and have no place to go right now.
Starting this month, Simple Sparrow will offer a new three-hour care program in addition to the one-hour visit. Both programs allow visitors to connect with nature in a meaningful and fun way. The one-hour tour allows visitors to explore the farm and interact with animals. During the three-hour visit, you can meet the animals, explore the farm, then participate in an art project led by local artists.
There is also a gardening project that includes seeds to take home or plant on the farm, or both. Jamie hopes visitors will leave with an understanding of how to leave an environmentally friendly footprint, and understand we are here not only for our own healing, but also for the healing of others.
WHEN YOU GO
In this Texas heat, the best time to visit Simple Sparrow is in the morning. Fall and spring are particularly lovely seasons at the farm. After a 20-minute drive from Georgetown, guests will receive a warm welcome at the gate by staff, followed by directions to park on the driveway or the grass.
View the program schedule, directions, and register at SimpleSparrow.farm for a one-hour visit, which costs $45 per person, or the three-hour visit, $350 for groups up to 12 people. Visitors are welcome to bring snacks and drinks. Masks are required for compliance, and handwashing stations are available. For more information, call 512-677-9102.