Animal therapy farm to start in Myers Flat, tailored for vulnerable children

Bendigo Advertiser      
By: Adam Holmes
Photo: By Adam Holmes

Photo Caption: Flash Farm founder Kristy Kemp with the micro donkey and one of the alpacas on the animal therapy farm in Myers Flat.

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FOR 14 years, Kristy Kemp has been working towards her dream – establishing an animal-assisted therapy farm near Bendigo for children with autism, in residential care or in other vulnerable situations to develop life skills.

She saw the positive effect a dog had on her son with Aspergers, and wanted to share this with others.

So, on a block of land in Myers Flat, Ms Kemp has established Flash Farm – a type of hobby farm with dozens of animals including miniature cattle, sheep, three horses, chickens, two alpacas, a micro donkey, miniature pig and more.

Ms Kemp, a trained social worker, said this type of therapeutic environment was unique to Bendigo.

“When I was working at Anglicare, we were spending thousands and thousands of dollars to send kids out to Shepparton and other places to get this kind of therapy,” she said.

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