The Little Farm has remained abuzz with the delighted giggles and awestruck squeals of 50,000 children each year since opening in 1978. Under the helm of Thomas and Valerie Jornlid, the couple who took ownership of the farm in 1990, The Little Farm has remained committed to fostering family-friendly escapes from the city with their meticulously managed gaggle of animals, all of which are hand-raised to meet the highest USDA health standards. None of the livestock—from pigs and ponies to rabbits and ducks—are hand-fed, which enables children to approach and pet the cute creatures without being chased for food or pestered for information about where they hide the pudding pops. Young guests can immerse themselves in farm life as they help the knowledgeable staff with daily tasks such as feeding the animals or milking the goats, or they can visit the onsite butterfly garden, which is dappled with educational plaques about different fluttering species. For lunch, visitors can enjoy a picnic on rented blankets or at tables in the farm’s pavilion.
An evaluation of a Washington, DC Power Lunch program conducted by the U.S. Department of Education and the American Institutes for Research showed that 25% of poor readers who participated in the program improved their academic performance and 16% improved or very much improved their classroom behaviors. To launch the Power Lunch program at a new school, Everybody Wins! must first be able to fund and place its own school coordinator at the program site. School coordinators organize the reading mentors, match them with students, set up the reading space, and serve as a liaison among the school, organization, and volunteers.
Thrown by Florida Rock Stars, the South Dade Food & Country Festival brings national and local acts together for an afternoon and evening of country music. The event helps raise funds and awareness for Thinking of You Services, a local veterans support organization. As the community rallies around them, all visiting veterans will receive a certificate of recognition with special commendations from the mayors of Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay.
A Party Hall shifts shapes regularly, equal parts event space and dance hall. Throughout the week, dance instructors lead lessons in styles that include Zumba, cha-cha, bachata, and salsa. Guests may rent out the hall for events ranging from baby or wedding showers to birthday parties and school reunions, with options for included DJ service.
Ezzy Shot Studios is a photography studio, darkroom, video facility, and learning center all wrapped up in one location. Large wraparound windows and equipment such as strobes and soft boxes furnish the 1,000-square-foot studio, and the darkroom promotes the tradition of black-and-white silver printing. There’s also an editing facility with the latest nonlinear editing tech and a digital darkroom with Mac Pros, iMacs, and color printers. They can help with web design as well, and their workshops cover all areas of photography and digital design.