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Introducing the newest Apiferian....we named him Ollie. He was born partially blind, his mother and twin died in birthing him. I was asked to take him on and felt he might be a good candidate for future animal therapy work. He is a Nubian...there is something about him that kind of reminds me of Stevie the Kissing Goat...but that might be wishful thinking. Still, he is a sweet little bloke and I was happy to help. He is still on bottle and lives with Opie, Tripod and Else, and Opie's chickens. I've been working on teaching him to lay calmly with me, no nibbling-a challenge for a bottle baby with an appetite! We had the vet out and raised money for his disbudding and castration. Thank you to those who chipped in!

Like Ollie arrives, so does a blind chicken, new book and other news on Facebook

This is Henneth, the blind chicken! A local farm could not keep her due to safety reasons, so Apifera adopted her. She is living with Else, shown here, and Opie and Tripod. She free ranges just fine with the other hens, but when she first arrived, Opie was very protective of her sleeping crate she lives in. He banged anybody who got near it. It was pretty sweet. She still needs her eyes cleaned daily but is laying a beautiful brown egg.


Hay Drive! We need 550 bales to make sure we get through another cold winter. Harvest begins this month and our hay guy is ready for us. Please donate to the hay fund if you can. Hay is so important to us!

​The newest book, "Little Tulip" {It Will Be Okay} is at the printer as we speak! Should be able to ship out all the pre-orders by late July. You can still pre-order the book. It is a beautiful, fully illustrated her cover, with illustrated end sheets too, and will resonate with all age I think, for many reasons. Be it a person who has suffered a loss, or someone getting older who still wants to live freely, or dachshund's a story of hope.


We had a fun gathering last month at Inn Along the Way, with our llama Birdie, Pino the donkey and Opie, as well as residents from one of the elder care network we visit. But the llama, in her debut, turned out to be the star of the day. I knew she would be great, but now have big plans for her new therapy career!

Poco the of our donkeys has been writing poetry for some time. It helps him understand the world


I am painting...all be it a bit slower in summertime so have little to show you. But there is lots of art at the shop.


New print and other art at Sundance

Who we are

Apifera Farm is a non profit in mid coast Maine, where our mission is to take in elder/special needs animals of varied species, but also share animals with elder people in our community. We believe that love and care can help an animal in need, but also people. Apifera began in Oregon in 2004, as a small working farm but also took in old barn animals. In 2016, they moved with their Misfit caravan to Maine, and soon after became a 501[c][3]. 

Katherine Dunn is head caretaker of all the animals of Apifera. They are her companions, muses and inspire all her books and art. Visit her work at her shop, as well as Sundance.

Help us grow and help more animals and elders

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Old Goat Cocktail Hour now available as a print.
Papi has nominated himself the President of The Old Kitty Knitty Club-where we gather to knit amongst the adopted elder cats. We are knitting wrist warmers and then I will gift some to the elder residences we visit.

Oh sweet Opie!

Noritsu turned 15!
Once the new barn is finished in summer, I hope to really start thinking about doing more drawing workshops among the animals

Beautiful elder hands of one of the residents, as she holds Opie

Goose says, "I eat hay, please consider a donation. "

Pino says it is only 4 months until Pino Pie Day Oct. 6, 2018

I was reminded as I watched a movie on Charlie Chaplin how much I love this song.

Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through
for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you’ll just

After a long hard winter we are all soaking up Mother Earth's warmth

Elder Cat Suite

We currently have six elders in residence in the Elder Cat Suite. All these creatures are from the shelter, and we work with them to try to adopt the elders out so they can have a home in their final years. This is Miss Spring. We also have a Wish List where you can by food.

I taught old Sophie how to hunt for fiddleheads...a girl can dream.

Yarn from our sheep!
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