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Freedom Farm

11500 Ferman Ave. SW

Waverly, MN 55390


Our Mission:

Freedom Farm enriches lives by partnering with the unique attributes of the horse to improve mobility, build confidence and encourage personal growth in children and adults with physical, mental & emotional challenges.


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Volunteer at Freedom Farm! 


Why do you volunteer at Freedom Farm?

"Providing encouragement to the courageous riders at Freedom Farm is a rewarding experience. The riders' persistent pursuit of success and freedom of movement provide pure joy to all and is truly inspiring." -Tom

"We may never hear a rider speak or they cannot speak well, and out of nowhere, you hear a soft 'whoa' or 'walk on' as clear as can be. I have seen riders who won’t make eye contact, and suddenly they turn and look at you for the first time, with a smile." -PJ 

"Why do I keep coming back? A staff that is dedicated, caring, welcoming and wise. Riders who work so hard for their success. Volunteers who are always there for one another and the riders. Parents who are tireless in their commitment to their children. And, of course, the great, wonderful, beautiful, gentle horses." -Paula

Most of our Thereapeutic Riders at Freedom Farm require 3 volunteers:
1 leader and 2 sidewalkers. The sidewalkers job is to assist the rider during the therapeutic riding lesson and while brushing their horse. The leader is a person that has experience leading and riding horses and understands horse behavior.

Volunteering at Freedom Farm:

  • Attend one Volunteer Training
  • Let us know which Session(s) work in your schedule
    (Spring, Summer A, Summer B or Fall)
  • Volunteers need to be 14 years old to be a leader or sidewalker
  • Younger than 14 years old, please contact us
  • Volunteer Form needs to be filled out yearly & are available to download below


Volunteer Training Opportunities!

Freedom Farm has volunteer opportunities for the Fall and Winter during the day.

Please call or email for more details

952-955-2505 or


VOLUNTEER FORMS 2017 Please download, complete & bring to training.



2016 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner       

November is a month of thanksgiving, and Freedom Farm is so very thankful for its wonderful and amazing volunteers! We had a great night blessing our volunteers with a meal and awards for each person's special service throughout the year.

A special thank you to Chrissy Johnson, Kelly Hennessey, Helen Mason, Chris Mattson and Allie Mattson who helped serve.

Every volunteer is important in creating a safe and encouraging environment for the riders, and some have gone above and beyond to use their gifts to specially bless Freedom Farm. Special awards were given to recognize these efforts. We are so thankful for you!


Volunteer of the Year Award: Beth Johnson

Horse Handler of the Year Award: Jessica Zeug

Way Above and Beyond Award: Ben Pressley

Rock Solid Award: Sandee Gould & Kurt Rischmiller

Constructed with Love Award: Brendan Stevens & Nate Keim

Dedicated to Freedom Farm: Mike Werner, Kristen Pettit, Amanda Maus, Jessie Salonek,
Kathy McMahon, Pat Johanning, Janith Jacobson, Barb Fleischman, Paula LaVigne, Jen Cottew,
Patti Peterson, Mandy Kegler and Cindi Koopmeiners (not pictured: Jim Jacobson)

Prayer Warrior Award: PJ Frauendienst, Debi Ylitalo, Lori Maus, Beth Johnson and Elaine White

Family of the Year Award: Kennedy Family
(Erik, Rebekka, Molly, Sean and Zach)

Couple of the Year Award: Lisa & Dan Durkin

Jump right in with a Big Heart Award: Lindee Anderson

Questions with Love Award: Sarah Clark

Pure Joy Award: Cindy Laage

Steady Eddie Leader Award: Christine Partlow & Anne Nowlan

Lots of Love, Spreading the Word and Keepin' it Clean Award: Janine Knutson

5 Year Volunteers:Nate Keim, (Not Pictured: Judy Crew and Sue Wandersee)


10 Year Volunteers: Pat Johanning


 15 Year Volunteers: Sandee Gould


Special Thank You to our Parent Volunteers and Rider who so graciously helped out
at the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner: Chrissy Johnson, Kelly Hennessey, Helen Mason,
Chris Mattson and Allie Mattson.