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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 rider at Freedom Farm requires 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.

There are 3 sessions: Spring, Summer, and Fall, that run April through October.  Volunteers can do all three sessions or just one, and typically sign up for 1 to 2 hours per week.  An annual training is required and provided at the start of each session.  Attending a volunteer training is the best way to find out if this something you would like to do.  Each volunteer needs to fill out Volunteer Forms yearly, and can be downloaded below. 


Volunteer Training

Volunteers are now needed for our winter sessions. Please contact us for more information.

Our next scheduled volunteer training will be in March 2016. Please call or email us to get on the list and we will notify you of the next volunteer training dates.


VOLUNTEER FORMS 2015 Please download, complete & bring to training.



2015 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 Rebecca Wanha, Chris Mattson, Chrissy Johnson, Karen Milbrath and Tabitha LaBelle (moms of a few of our riders) who helped serve. The volunteers were touched by your appreciation of the volunteers.

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: Amanda Maus

Horse Handler of the Year Award: Jim Jacobson

Way Above and Beyond Award: Debi Ylitalo

Get ‘R’ Done Award: Kurt Rischmiller

Carry On Warrior Award: PJ and Brian Frauendienst

Angel of the Year Award: Jean

Blessing our Veterans Award: Vicki Henderson, Ernie Schroeder and Jim Jacobson

Giving Hope Award: Amanda Maus, Sandee Gould, Elaine White, Jayne Gassen and Lori Maus

Faithfully Serving Others Award: Mandy Kegler

Energy of Love Award: Jessie Salonek

Passion Power Award: Patti Peterson

Farm Spirit of Fun Award: Pat Johanning

Steady Angel Eddie Award: Kathy McMahon

Sweet, Sweet Smile Award: Janith Jacobson

 Faithful Friend Award: Jayne Gassen

Let's Be Friends Award: Jim Mocol

Couple of the Year Award: Beth and Lyle Johnson

 Mother~Daughter Dynamite Duo Award: Bev and Mackenzie Swanson


Fresh Ideas Award: Sue Wandersee


5 Year Volunteers: Meg Emry and Stephanie Keim, (Not Pictured: Kristen Pettit and Bradlee Oestreich

10 Year Volunteers: Barbara Fleischman, Nikki Rischmiller and PJ Frauendienst (Not Pictured: Mike Werner)