Blanch Lawrence and Judy Dame welcomed their first guests to The Drifter’s Mini Dude farm on July 15.
A project that has occupied over a year of Lawrence and Dame’s schedules has finally come to fruition as guests wander the grounds on Meadowdale Road on a Sunday afternoon.
“We aren’t as far along as we had hoped,” said Dame. “However, we didn’t want to cancel today’s events. It has been a lot of work.”
It has been Lawrence’s passion to convert her acreage to accommodate her love of animals with the ability to draw local residents out for the same reason, as “animals should be enjoyed.”
Lawrence, Dame, family and friends helped with the construction of the farm.
Lawrence’s nieces and nephew’s contributed their colourful sides to the main farm and bunny habitats with colourful paint and personalized handprints.
The farmhouses peacocks, potbelly pigs, geese, goats, lama, sheep, ducks, horses and the list goes on. “Having the farm and loving animals I thought to give this opportunity a go,” said Lawrence.
A lot of the animals on the farm are on the endangered list.
Lawrence hopes her farm can keep the animals protected and for visitors to enjoy them.