BRF offers small group programs for teens 14 to 18 years of age who live in Central Indiana and have been diagnosed with a mental or emotional health condition and who are physically capable of performing farm chores. These programs are not designed for youth with complex conditions requiring staff with special training.

BRF Small Group Programs Are Designed to:

  • Improve the emotional and mental health of participants by exposing them to stimulating and engaging experiences, such as interaction with animals, growing plants, physical labor outdoors, and teamwork.
  • Separate teens from sources of stress, reduce isolation, and work with adults and peers.
  • Prepare youth for future paid employment through instruction on developing good work habits, accountability, problem-solving and communication skills.
  • Improve qualifications for BRF paid internships on local farms and at stables, nurseries, and other agricultural settings.

Each 3-hour small group session includes instruction on common aspects of farm work, handling and raising livestock, and improving soft-skills such as communications, teamwork and problem solving.

Small group programs may vary in schedule, content or format based on the host site, time of year, age of participants and location. The standard small group program includes six sessions lasting three hours each, held at various host sites on Saturday or weekday mornings.

The cost to participate in a BRF small group program is $300.00, paid in advance. A discount or a waiver of fees is available to applicants based on household income. Youth participants must have transportation to and from the host site. If you would like to request a discount or waiver, please email us at

For more information about Ben’s Ranch Foundation’s Small Group Program, contact us at or call us at 1-877-66-FARMS.

Upcoming Small Group Programs

  • Sunday afternoons, May 19 – June 30 (No session on Memorial Day weekend, May 26), 1 p.m. –  4 p.m., Carmel Equestrian Center, 11801 River Road, Carmel, IN 46033
 You must first fill out an application for the Small Group Programs before you can register. If you have already filled out that form, please email Case Manager Lindsay Lester at