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Residents of the Sunnybrook at Mt. Pleasant and community members got to enjoy the company of animals from area farms. Sunnybrook hosted the event in its parking lot so both residents and people of the community could come see the farm animals.
“Cody, our marketing director, and I got to talking about things we can do for both residents and the community,” Sunnybrook activities director Emily Jones said. “I mentioned that Saturday was farm animal day, and Cody went got the support from some local farms.”
“We haven’t had an event like this since last year because of COVID, and it’s been hard for everyone,” Sunnybrook marketing director Cody Flietner said. “Like Emily mentioned, we thought why not bring the farm to here, and we are so grateful that Blue Knoll Dairy Farm and Feathers and Fur Farmstead agreed to do this event, and for free, too.”
Sunnybrook residents were more than happy to get outside and enjoy the festivities.
“We were talking about this event all week, and our residents were super excited for it,” Flietner said. “We’re hoping that this year we’ll be able to hold more outdoor activities and events that are COVID safe.
“We are allowing visitors now, and we’d love to see more family and community members coming out to Sunnybrook,” he said.
One of Sunnybrook’s employees, Katie Mehaffy, was there as a representative of Blue Knoll Dairy Farm, which is based outside of New London.
“It’s my family’s farm, so we were happy to get involved with this,” she said. “I think it’s awesome and that we were able to get the communities together.”
Feathers and Fur Farmstead of Danville was happy to be at the community event as well.
“Getting involved with these kinds of community events helps us raise awareness that you don’t need a huge 20-acre farm in order to be a farm,” a representative said.