The Girl Farm is a Young Adult Program located on a working livestock farm in Southern California. The Farm is run by a family of therapists, teachers and farmers who have worked for generations in service to others. Starting as an informal refuge for lost souls, The Girl’s Farm has evolved into a community where young women can make a successful transition from teenage years to adulthood. At The Girl’s Farm, young women are welcomed into a real and loving family devoted to teaching others self-sufficiency, honesty, trust, respect, integrity, a good work ethic, communication and devotion to family.
At The Girl’s Farm, we aim not just to give young women the skills to survive in a complex society, but the ability to do so with joy, love and strength.
The reality of living in a real family home instead of an institution, sets The Girl’s Farm apart. Families are messy. Families struggle. Families work together, play together, fight together, love together. The ladies of The Girl’s Farm get to be involved in every aspect of familial interaction to see how a successful family works. A successful family is not perfect. A successful family sticks it out.
At The Girl’s Farm, we believe the ability to handle relationships successfully is the key to handling life successfully. Whether in the workplace or anywhere else, it is the ability to create relationships with others that is the main factor of success.
Confidence is developed at the girls farm through successful interactions with family and peers as well as the young woman’s actual accomplishments. For example, when a young woman is able to employ her newly learned veterinary skills in order to save a baby lamb’s life, her confidence in her intelligence, capabilities, strength, determination and her confidence in her self is boosted enormously. This confidence will lead to a productive and capable member of society as well as a generous and caring one.
We employ a positive peer culture in which members are responsible for encouraging each other to succeed and be accountable for words and actions. A positive peer culture creates a foundation for developing personal responsibility and essential leadership skills through appropriate role modeling. Our work venues, music instruction, and horsemanship programs offer additional opportunities for students to cultivate effective communication skills and emotional outlets.
We offer a dynamic organic structure that constantly changes as the composition of the community changes, whether it be staff or client. The advantage this offers is due to the constant evolution of responses to varying circumstances thus creating an environment where adaptation becomes a learning process. The environment that The Girl’s Farm creates is an accurate model of the “World at Large” without the harsh consequences involved with inappropriate conduct. This model affords clients the opportunity to learn from mistakes.
Our diverse nature also provides us the ability to connect with each member from a realistic, spontaneous, and honest perspective. This connection develops a relationship based on trust which is a major consideration for any constructive mentoring; without it, mentoring becomes nothing more than a word game where core issues are not revealed. At The Girl’s Farm we do not focus on symptoms but use spontaneity and trust to uncover the root of issues that lead to unproductive behavior.
The Girl’s Farm provides an extremely flexible structure that allows us to tailor curriculum and mentoring to the the needs of each individual without compromising the integrity of our evolving community. Our structure and experience enables us to apply a variety of creative techniques in addressing any individual’s challenges; where daily opportunities assist students in understanding the outcomes of their choices. Through this entire process, students learn skills that help them understand and change non-productive behavior.