Join the Sheriff’s Office and the Sheriff’s Animal Farm on Sunday, March 25th for the Annual Easter on the Farm celebration!
Bring the family and join the fun at the farm; the event is free of charge and offers something for everyone. The Easter bunny will be there to hide eggs for the kids and to take pictures with them as well. There will be face painting, arts and crafts and, of course, visits with all the animals at the farm.
Mark your calendars and come to the farm between 1 and 3 p.m. on March 25th. The farm is located just off of College Road, at the Sheriff’s Office on Stock Island.
The park was started in 1994 in an open area underneath the jail facility. The Stock Island Detention Center was built to withstand a Category Five Hurricane, and is built on stilts, about 11 feet above the ground. Underneath the building is employee parking, and a secure fenced area used for the evacuation of inmates in the case of a fire. It was in this evacuation area, initially a graveled area not used for anything else, that the farm was started.
The farm began as a haven for homeless animals. The first inhabitants were Muscovy ducks and a group of chickens which were plaguing a nearby golf course and were being killed on a regular basis by vehicles traveling on the road leading to the jail. A short time after the chickens and ducks were brought to the area, the SPCA in Miami called and asked if the facility would have space for a blind horse they had found abandoned in their area. Using inmate labor, a pen was created for the horse, who was christened Angel, and the animal farm was born. Since, it has blossomed into a beautiful park, complete with an large aviary, reptile exhibit, rabbit warren, farm animals and other domestic and exotic animal species.
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