Being a homeschool family leaves plenty of time to find fun and educational day trips to go on. So when a friend mentioned going to a farm in Perris, CA, we jumped on the opportunity.
Since I had never heard of Mr. Joe’s Farm, I really didn’t know what to expect. The farm is Mr. Joe and his wife Stacey’s private residence and you do have to make an appointment to come on the property. There is only a small sign on the fence to indicate you are there and once you get to the gate, you will have to be let in.
After parking we were greeted by Stacey and her friendly dog Foxy. Stacey was so kind and patient. She showed us around the farm and introduced the animals, answering any questions we had. Her love for her farm and animals was apparent. The couple gives these tours at no cost, only accepting donations so that everyone has the opportunity to see these animals up close, no matter their economic status.
We saw alpacas, llamas, goats, mini horses and donkeys but our favorite was Oscar the camel. I have to say that I may be a bit biased since I have a love for camels but he really was the most amazing animal on the farm. He was gentle and friendly with everyone in our group, posing for pictures and allowing us to pet him.
After our tour, Stacey allowed us to walk around and we even could have picnicked there if we wanted. I have to say that the only thing that would have made the experience even more fantastic would have been cats with litters of kittens to play with, but that’s just my opinion. It really was such an exciting day for the kids and they even learned a few things about farm life. If you would like to schedule a time to go see Mr. Joe’s Farm, head to their website at Mr. Joe’s Farm Home for more information.