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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 per year
  • 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!

2019 Volunteer Trainings:

Monday March 11   5:00 - 7:00 PM
Monday March 18   5:00 - 7:00 PM
Tuesday March 19   5:00 - 7:00 PM
Wednesday March 20   4:00 - 6:00 PM
Thursday March 21   9:00 - 11:00 AM

Lessons run Monday through Thursday
4:00, 5:00 and 6:00 PM  (varies per session)

Please call or email for more details

952-955-2505 or


VOLUNTEER FORMS 2019 (coming soon)  Please download, complete & bring to training.



2017 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 Susie Derner, Brenda Kalous, Laurie Lee, Patty Sorensen, Chris and Allie Mattson, and Rebecca and Annika Wanha who helped set up and 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: Jim Jacobson

Horse Handler of the Year Award: Kerry Barnauskas

Way Above and Beyond With So Much Love Award: Janine Knutson

 Above and Beyond Award: Joe Hyldahl and Cynthia Glock

Jean Brightenberg was recognized as a very special friend and event volunteer at Freedom Farm. Thank you Jean, you are such a blessing to us all and we are greatful for all you do!

5 Year Volunteers: Mandy Kegler, Kerry Barnauskas, Janine Knutson, Grace Knutson (Not Pictured: Grace Gassen)

10 Year Volunteers: Jim and Janith Jacobson, Kurt Rischmiller, Patty Pioske, Jessie Salonek. (Not Pictured: Wendy Caslavka, Cindi Koopmeiners)


Special Thank You to our Parent Volunteers and Riders who so graciously helped out
at the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner: Susie Derner, Brenda Kalous, Laurie Lee, Patty Sorensen, Chris and Allie Mattson, and Rebecca and Annika Wanha