Green Meadow Farm is a privately owned, non-profit organization created specifically to help children and youth – and their families – overcome struggles produced by trauma and emotional difficulties. Kids are enrolled in weekly lessons that use horses and farm life in general to teach values of responsibility, trust, hope, faith, and family.
Founders John and Beckie Thompson have had a heart for horses and kids for many years, although they never owned horses of their own. While leading a sponsorship-based fundraiser to assist couples with the enormous costs of adoption, their eyes opened simultaneously to both the joys and the struggles that families face once they have adopted their precious children. They felt strongly that this would be a way for their farm and horses to be a bridge of hope. In addition, they felt that the bridge should extend to other emotionally hurting children. Together with a team of people with similar passions they purchased and were donated horses, repurposed parts of the barn and property for these lovely creatures, and began welcoming children and families to participate in lessons the spring of 2012.