The farm has 77 acres of forest, fields, ponds, and wetlands with a variety of different species of animals.
Designed to promote support for the upkeep of the farm, the program allows residents in the community to become honorary “parents” of a farm animal, reptile or amphibian in the care of the center.
With a donation, adopters supplement the care the animals receive by alleviating the budget demands of care and maintenance.
Program Coordinator Reese Simmons said the program not only helps the animals, but also the community.
“Agriculture is the No. 1 industry in the state and educating local students about how a farm works and runs properly is important to keep that going,” he said.
He said the adoption program allows the farm to continue its involvement at an educational level.
“The cost to maintain such an extensive and varied farm can be high, so the adoption program and partnerships really help,” Simmons said.
Adoption packages include an official certificate announcing adoption, a full-color information sheet of facts about the animal, a one-day classroom experience with the adopted animal and the adopter’s name featured on the Fortson website under the “Proud Parents” section.
The adoption period is for one year and is open to school classrooms, businesses and individuals.
Animals available for adoption include a miniature mule, sheep, pygmy goats, a potbellied pig, turkeys, chickens, alligators, snakes, salamanders and turtles.
Allen Nasworthy, director of the Fortson 4-H Center said in a statement, “The animals are the highlight of our excellent program, but without support from the community, we would be unable to provide for our center, so we are excited about the opportunity to continue to provide quality programming to the public through the Adopt-an-Animal program.”
Information: (770) 946-3276 or visit www.fortson4h.org