Getting back in the saddle

first_imgRESEDA – Roosters crowed, goats jumped and chickens scurried Sunday as the petting zoo known as The Farm had its first weekend back in business since the death of the woman who started it. Teenagers who handle ponies at The Farm remembered the late Linda Menary as a giving woman who paid back her young volunteers with trips to amusement parks. The adults running the place spoke of keeping Menary’s legacy alive. “We want to continue with Linda’s dream of providing a place for city children to interact with farm animals because this is what the Valley used to be about,” said Lisa Barnes, an Arizona horse dentist who is running The Farm temporarily. Menary died May 1 – just days before her 62nd birthday – when she had a heart attack while driving near her home in Chatsworth. The farm was closed after her death and reopened Saturday. Teenagers tend to the ponies, giving them experience they can use to learn how to ride horses. On Sunday, the teens had fond memories of Menary. “She’s kind of like another mother,” said Elizabeth Sosa, 14. “Those were my exact words when I was your age, too,” Barnes said. [email protected] (818) 546-3304 ——— IF YOU GO The Farm, at 8101 Tampa Ave., Reseda, is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5, and a pony ride costs $3.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We had to open to feed the animals, to generate enough money to feed the animals,” Barnes said. Barnes first started working for Menary in 1969 when she was 9. She is now doing an inventory of the dozens of animals that live at The Farm and is finding homes for some of them to scale back operations at the petting zoo. Damion Stolarz, 32, pushed a stroller through The Farm’s dirt paths as he showed off the place to his family for the first time. Stolarz used to visit The Farm as a kid, and on Sunday it was his 3-year-old daughter Eva’s turn to visit with the animals. “She thought it was awesome, she’s just a little scared of the very tall emu,” Stolarz said, referring to the large, flightless bird. The Farm also has roosters, goats, chickens, pigs, ducks, an ostrich and several ponies. Different kinds of animals share the same pens and walk among tree stumps and an old tractor waiting to be fed or petted. last_img

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