The Farm at Gardner Village
1100 W 7800 S
West Jordan, UT 84084
We recently spent an afternoon at The Farm at Gardner Village, and had a blast! We learned so much about this amazing “petting zoo” that we didn’t know before, and are so excited to share it with you!
The Farm is owned by Cowboy Gil, and you will never meet a nicer cowboy! Not only is he friendly with the visitors to his Farm, but the kindness he shows to his animals is heartwarming.
Most of the animals at The Farm are rescue animals that have been abused by a previous owner. Cowboy Gil takes them in, loves them, and cares for them. Usually with horses and ponies, a bit is used in their mouth to guide them where you want them to go, but because they have been abused, Cowboy Gil does not use a bit. He doesn’t want them to feel any kind of pain; “they’ve been through enough”. While guiding them around the Village during a pony ride, he even took care to walk along the right side of one of the ponies because he noticed that walking on the left side made him nervous.
While we were there, a little girl was scared to ride one of the ponies. Cowboy Gil was so great with her, and taught her a fun song to sing while riding. When she came back from the ride, she was so excited about riding, and wanted to ride again! He definitely has a way with the visitors and the animals!
Admission to The Farm is a minimum donation of $5. Of course, you can always make a larger than asked for donation to help the animals out.
They are open 10am to 6pm Monday through Saturday, and when their summer hours kick in they will be open until 8pm.
- $2 Tuesdays: Instead of the regular $5 donation, the minimum donation request is only $2 every Tuesday.
Giving back to the community:
- Free Food Fridays:
If you bring food for the Utah Food Bank to The Farm at Gardner Village on Fridays you get some food to feed the animals for free.
- Riding Lessons:
Talk with Cowboy Gil about signing your children up for riding lessons!
- Mental Health Mondays:
$1 for each kid who comes through the petting farm on Mondays in April will be donated to the Polizzi clinic to help in their efforts to treat patients with mental health issues.
- Stay tuned to The Farm’s Facebook page for more updates on ways they are giving back to the community!