Heifer Farm Inspires Communities in Northeastern U.S. to End Hunger and Poverty
New Name, Same Mission
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 4, 2013) - Heifer Farm is the new name of Heifer International's Learning Center at Overlook Farm in Rutland, Mass., effective immediately. Programs at Heifer Farm, located 62 miles west of Boston, range from events and tours to multi-night programs where schools, congregations, youth organizations, families and individuals learn how even one person can make a difference to end hunger and poverty.
"We have been blessed during 30 years of operation to experience such wonderful community support through school and public tours and annual events such as Harvest Festival, Pancakes on the Farm and the Living Gift Market," Shon Rainford, Heifer Farm director, said. "The change to Heifer Farm further connects us to our mission and to other learning centers such as Heifer Village and the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Ark."
The late William "Bill" Williams donated 300 acres of land in Rutland, Mass., to Heifer International in 1983 to establish a Heifer International northeast learning and livestock center. Over the last three decades, agriculture production enterprises on the property have grown to include two acres of organic gardens, 30 acres of pasture managed by intensive rotational grazing, 240 acres of woodlands and more than 20 species of livestock.
In addition, Heifer Farm hosts a variety of animals, including bees, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, llamas, alpacas, worms, hogs, goats, sheep, cattle and yaks.
Heifer Farm's visitor center and gift shop at 216 Wachusett Street in Rutland, Mass., is open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern Time. Groups of 10 or less are welcome to drop in for a self-guided tour during these hours. The visitor center is closed on New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
About Heifer International:
Heifer International's mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For more information, visit www.heifer.org, read our blog, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or call (800) 696-1918.