A picnic at the farm

| 29 Sep 2011 | 08:58

MILFORD - Country Ark Farm had their annual car show, auction, and picnic lunch fundraiser this past Saturday. Located on Log Tavern Road, the farm is the largest provider of programs in Pike County to enhance the quality of life for physically, emotionally, and mentally challenged children and adults. The prediction of rain caused some people to stay home but didn’t dampen the spirits of those that attended the event. Mike and Donna Ciancitto. who founded Country Ark in 1990, were on hand for the festivities. “We have over 50 animals for the kids to pet, feed, and touch. Before moving to New Jersey both Donna and I were Christian Missionaries in Haiti and Mexico. When we were living in New Jersey we felt that we needed to continue doing good work and that is what led us here to help others,” said Ciancitto. There were at least 150 people having a good time at the farm. Food was served family style and consisted of barbequed chicken and pork, fresh made salads, and cold refreshments. Tables and chairs were set up under a large tent where everyone ate lunch. Workers at the farm are volunteers. They all have one goal in mind, providing a rewarding experience for over 800 clients that come from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York throughout the year. Weichert Realty as well as Century 21, Roy B. Hull, provided for the food and trophies. “The children and adult programs expose them to various forms of pets, art, and recreation therapy. We have over 25 acres with animal petting areas, handicap-accessible bathrooms, wheel chair accessible swings, indoor and outdoor picnic areas, and a mile long nature trail. After my own children leave for school I spend the next four hours taking care of the needs of the animals.” Donna Ciancitto told the Courier. The car show featured several older cars on display and an auction was part of the festivities. The farm is supported by private and public donations and maintained by the Ciancitto family. For information call 570 686-3480 or visit them on line at www.countryarkfarm.org.