HOLDEN – A Holden couple has reconnected with nature by adopting animals, and now they hope the public can also experience the peace they’ve found.
“It started out as a hobby thing, but now it’s turning into like what can we do to change our community or change lives for others,” said Erica Clark.
Erica and Jeff Clark are turning their Holden home into a therapeutic animal farm.
“We’re getting therapy and we wanted to pass that therapy on,” said Jeff.
Right on Route 46, on a twenty acre piece of land that’s been in Jeff’s family, they’re in the early stages of the Clark Ark Farm.
The goal is to give people a healing place to connect with animals and with nature.
“We actually had no plans of like getting animals, I had a friend reach out to me and she said ‘I can’t have my chickens anymore can you take them off my hands?’,” said Erica.
They’ve already had a couple people stop by, but once the snow thaws the Clarks are looking to get horses and oxen, put trails in the woods, and set up yurts for people to stay in on site overnight. And they want to do it all as a nonprofit.
“I‘m married to a Utah cowgirl so why don’t I get a couple horses, and here we are four or five months later with chickens, bunnies, and ducks in a couple weeks,” said Jeff.
The Clarks themselves have been through a lot both as a couple and in their personal lives.
“I‘ve found a true meaning in it over the past few months, being able to self center,” said Jeff of working outside.
They’re hoping the solace they’ve found working in the woods and with animals can help others.
“If you would have seen us six months ago, we were a completely different couple him and I. And we are completely changed…because of the healing we’ve found in the land that we have,” said Erica.
A fresh snow. And a fresh start.
The Clark Ark Farm does have a GoFundMe, but they said they’re more looking for building materials. To visit their farm, you’re asked to shoot a message to their Facebook page.