Provided by Hope & Serenity Farm Sanctuary
The Hope & Serenity Farm Sanctuary has won Best Farm and Best Agritourism Attraction/Event in Prince William County by Inside NOVA media group. Inside NOVA conducted a poll competition among its on-line and print publication readers in the Spring of 2021. Nearly 160,000 individual votes were tallied in the competition.
“We are over the moon to have been voted the top farm destination in Prince William County by the readers of Inside NOVA,” said Hope & Serenity Farm Sanctuary founder and manager Renee Small. “On behalf of our animals in residence as well as our volunteers, we thank you for this recognition and the enhanced visibility it will provide Hope & Serenity Farm Sanctuary.”
The Hope & Serenity Farm Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization on an 11-acre working farm in Nokesville that shelters and rehabilitates animals that have been neglected, abandoned or abused. The resident animals include horses, cows, pigs, sheep, donkeys, goats, alpacas, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs, cats and more. The Hope & Serenity Farm Sanctuary was founded in 2017 by Renee Small, a former long-time veterinary technician in Northern Virginia. Renee Small and her husband Joe formed the farm sanctuary out of a desire to create a safe and stable environment for animals in unfortunate circumstances. Ms. Small also recognized an opportunity to educate and enrich the lives of both youths and adults within the Metro Washington, D.C. community through interaction with these animals.
The Hope & Serenity Farm Sanctuary is open to the public via advance reservations. The farm sanctuary also conducts educational programs and events that provide supervised interaction with the animals. These includes a year-round Nature Program and Summer Camps for youths. The Hope & Serenity Farm Sanctuary has partnerships with Patriot High School’s EMPLOY program, the Fairfax-Falls Church County Community Services Board and the Transitions Program of Fauquier County Public Schools. The farm sanctuary also has worked with Willing Warriors, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Horses Help Heroes and TAPs.
The Hope & Serenity Farm Sanctuary is open via scheduled appointments on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Guided tours are conducted on those days at 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. Reservations to visit and tour the farm sanctuary can be made via the farm sanctuary’s web site at hopeserenityfarmsanctuary.com.
Farm Sanctuary Asks for Community’s Help
The Hope & Serenity Farm Sanctuary is funded entirely through visitor fees, monetary donations, animal sponsorships and nonmonetary contributions. All visitor fees, donations and animal sponsorships are allocated toward the care and feeding of the resident animals as well as the farm sanctuary’s upkeep. The Hope & Serenity Farm Sanctuary is in critical need of additional financial as well as volunteer support in order to remain open to the public and operating. Residents of the Metro Washington, D.C. community can support the Hope & Serenity Farm Sanctuary in the following ways:
- Make a financial contribution via hopeserenityfarmsanctuary.com
- Purchase a product on the farm sanctuary’s Amazon Wish List
- Sponsor a resident animal by contacting the farm sanctuary at email@example.com or via contact form on website (available animals to sponsor and cost will be provided)
- Make a reservation to visit and tour the farm at farm sanctuary’s website
- Purchase an item in the farm sanctuary’s on-site shop
- Volunteer (see Farm Sanctuary website for more information)