Allaire Community Farm is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving our community. You might be surprised to know that you are welcome here!

(photo from Denise Gratzel)

Allaire Community Farm in Wall Township has a mission: Rescue animals to rescue kids of all ages.

You see, this is a very special farm in our community that YOU can be a part of. They rescue animals that would otherwise have nowhere to go...from pigs to horses, alpacas to chickens, goats to sheep, and even rabbits, you can stop by and see their petting zoo, have a pony party, or volunteer to help with feeding these beautiful rescue animals.

(photo from denise gratzel)

But these rescued animals also serve another purpose, and that is to help special-needs kids and at-risk teens. A day, or even an hour, on this incredible farm and their animal therapy helps relieve stress, brings kids in touch with their emotions and helps them express themselves through the love and caring for animals who also have also felt alone or suffered. Some non-verbal children were able to speak for the first time when they were brought to see a beautiful animal on this farm.

For so many teens and young adults who suffer in a world of bullying, peer pressure, self-esteem issues, drugs, and suicides, being able to take refuge in a place that is serene, surrounded by animals who don't judge but just offer friendship and appreciation, can do a world of good and provide an environment away from the harsh world that some teens can't cope with.

(photo by liz jeressi)

Volunteering with your kids to do a service at Allaire Community Farm, such as feeding the animals, teaches them about volunteerism, responsibility and caring for something other than themselves. Great lessons. My boys love coming to this farm and helping the animals.

Allaire Community Farm is also an organic foods Co Op. Not only do they sponsor children with cancer in our community by providing wholesome, organic foods to help them heal, but the members of this farm also believe that you shouldn't have to be rich to be able to shop and eat organic, 'clean' foods for good health. So they sell their fresh, farm grown foods at less than you would pay at a health food store.

With a beautiful pond that is a gorgeous setting to watch the sun set, this can be the optimal place for a wedding or other gathering.

(photo from Denise Gratzel)

And sometimes even parents need to decompress and get away from the stress of their own lives. Providing your service at this non-profit farm, whether it's mucking stalls, collecting eggs, or painting the side of a barn, can be therapeutic, especially when you know you are giving to a great cause and keeping this farm in good shape for the animals and all of the humans that it serves.

(photo by liz jeressi)

Sometimes all it takes is a few deep breaths of farm air, the sound of a horse's tail swishing in the breeze, and the gorgeous western sky at dusk over the pond, and you will forget that you are in an overcrowded, stressed out, tourist-laden state and instead find relief and comfort at this beautiful hidden gem.

To make a donation to this great place for all the work they are doing to help our community, or to find out more about coming to Allaire Community Farm, click on this link: Allaire Community Farm is now officially a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

To get there, look for the big red barn at 2840 Allaire Road in Wall, across from Wall Intermediate School, at the intersection of Bailey’s Corner Road, on the other side of the intersection from the Wall Municipal Complex. Or call 732-859-1511.Read More: Fall Fun on the Farm |

Joann and Sean Burney, who had the vision for this farm and who, along with some volunteers, have mental health first aid training, remind us that we all need each other, and that no one should ever have to be lonely, alone, or depressed. Especially when there's a farm right in Wall Township that you can come to. Help spread the word about this great place.