We have started the process of becoming a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization in order to give back to the community, provide year round programs and share our love for animals with Alaska! If you are interested in becoming part of our organization please give use a call!
Owner/Director - Deborah Baines
"My name is Deborah Baines. I bought my first horse when I was 12 years old for $100.00. It took me over three years to save that money. Then, I was expected to pay for her feed and care, so my own work ethic was developed early. When I was 15 years old, my sister’s horse had a little filly. I raised her and she was part of our family for 25 years. I bred her when she was five, and we were blessed to have her daughter for a full 30 years. My mom was from a farm, so she was supportive when I came home with “stray” animals. As a kid in 4-H, I raised rabbits and chickens. As my own kids were growing up we have had sheep, calves, pigs, rabbits, ducks, turkeys, and chickens, cats, dogs and frogs, besides the horses. I have seen how the animals have instilled not only a work ethic, but also compassion and responsibility. For over 25 years I have brought my animals to various schools, senior centers, and to handicap children’s programs. I have seen the impact they have on the kids and adults alike. My dream is to provide a program where kids and adults can come and interact with the animals, learning about them as they learn to care for and handle them. Being outdoors on my 2.5 acres, feeding, brushing and caring for all the critters is good exercise too. Many kids don’t know the proper way to act around animals. It is fun to see them gain confidence and proudly show their parents or peers what they have learned.
Besides my involvement with 4-H, I have been head of a program for handicap kids, using my two horses and a couple others that were suitable. I am currently on the board for Alaska Equine Rescue and a member of the American Quarter Horse Association,. I am also on the board for the Alaska Sled Dog and Racing Association, and work with their junior musher program.
It is my dream to maintain a year round program, where kids, teens and adults can come and thrive in the farm environment, where they can build bonds with the animals here. I want them to feel welcome and a productive part of the daily routine. I want The Learning Farm to be a positive part of the community, with outreach programs that exceed all expectations for quality, safety and ethics."
My son, Dalton is a talented dog musher and has started Dog Mushing 101 for kids to learn about this wonderful Alaskan sport!
Dalton not only is a huge help with The Learning Farm, but also runs Alaska Hay Sales.
He sells top quality hay, year round. Call Dalton Baines @ (907) 351-5266