Once Upon A Farm

Once Upon A Farm is a nonprofit community project of The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc., a human services agency.

A magical place of creativity, learning, connection,
and growth for those with special needs.


“Every time I come to work I always have a smile
on my face when I see all the animals.”  Deval Little

Once Upon A Farm began with an idea and Freeway. Upon entering 200 Litchfield Turnpike in Bethany, you will see chickens wandering freely and will soon meet Freeway, an adorable Nigerian Dwarf goat who was the first animal to find a home here.

This farm is a celebration of life, in all its forms. It is run by and for people with special needs, who happily assume the responsibility of planting, harvesting, and care taking. Everyone thrives in this bucolic setting where the land is verdant, the sunflowers grow tall, the flowers are vibrant, and the animals are curious, happy and sociable.


  • Community Visits and Tours
  • Educational Workshops
  • Skill-Building Opportunities
  • Community Bulletin Board
  • Organic Farming/Gardening/Agriculture
  • Commercial/Commissary Kitchen Space Rental* View Flyer

*Kitchen Space Rental: Hosting an event? The farm offers a fully equipped certified  commercial kitchen, with seating for 30, secure storage, prep area, ability to receive deliveries, beautiful outdoor access, and ample parking. Knowledgeable staff can assist with planning and executing your event. Commissary or commercial kitchen space is great for food entrepreneurs and small businesses including: independent chefs, catering companies, bakers, food truck owners and more!
*Proceeds from the rental space benefit IPPI and the work running Once Upon of Farm.


Once Upon A Farm
200 Litchfield Turnpike
Bethany, CT 06524
Daily Hours
Monday – Saturday
10:00am – 4:00pm
(Closed most holidays)


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