By Samantha Evensen
Tammi Catrett, owner of T.L.C. Gypsy Haven (T.L.C.), a family owned and operated farm in Lithia has recently extended services to having a 4-H group.
4-H is an educational program for boys and girls ages five to18 years of age. It encourages youths to develop life skills and discover their full potential.
T.L.C.’s 4-H group is bringing society to children, teaching them respect as well as teaching them how to take care of the animals and even allowing the opportunity for scholarships and college credits as well.
T.L.C. has been in business for about 15 years. Previously a rescue farm for homeless animals, Catrett wanted to share the joy that these animals brought to her with others. She began teaching horseback riding classes and the basics of farm life through the hands-on experience with the rescued animals.
“I’ve been riding for about 40 years now, ever since I was a young girl. I just really love the bonding experience between the horse and the person,” said Catrett.
On Saturday, January 18 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., T.L.C. will hold an open house to showcase some of the services and opportunities that are offered to the community.
Everyone is welcome to attend and refreshments will be provided.
There will be a cart and pony ride as well as hay rides for the kids. There will even be a demonstration on how to harness a pony to the wagon.
T.L.C. Gypsy Farms is located at 4325 Keysville Rd. in Lithia.
Information will be provided for those interested in the 4-H group, riding lessons and anything that is offered there.
T.L.C. offers a wide range of activities and experiences including a summer camp, after school riding, pony parties, family gatherings, horse boarding and Girl Scout camps.
“My promise is that you and your children will have an experience that will last a lifetime at our farm,” said Catrett.
For more information about T.L.C., visit www.tlcsfarms.com or call 842-4236.