i've known every member of the hoffemen dairy farm for many years. and i can honestly say that any person saying that these animals are being cared for in the wrong manner is absultutly WRONG! these animals are loved and cared for like family, because they are family. they are noot seen as pets. theyre seen as family. most of these animals would have no chance in the wild. nobody understands that, these animals pens are not "cages".you might think theyre dirty, and smelly, but they're not. not at all, because every pen gets cleaned out COMPLETLY everyday. your dog sits in more feces then these animals. you think it skinks cause your from the city, and only smell polution ervyday, not fresh air. i know that every person on the farm is trained and unbelievibley skilled to work with each animal. animals are fat and heathly and might i say they eat better then the people. only because they are truely loved and cared for. for the few people saying that shercon(the tiger) and oother animals are not "properly" being cared for, all i can say is screw you! you dont know that all rescue animals get played with and goes on walks and have plenty of things to do... steve and cheryl really do care. im not saying this because i know the farm, and consider every person and ANIMAL there FAMILY, but i am saying this cause im speaking the truth and i wont set by and watch a bunch a stupid city folk that dont know shit about nothin talk bad when there is no reason for it.
On October 14, 2009, mhiebs from Portland, OR wrote:
This place was awesome! We just came to pick up some pumpkins and then realized we had stumbled onto something much cooler. Animals that you would only see in a zoo! You can tell the folks at Hoffmans are genuinely concerned about the safety and well being of the animals. It is great for kids and adults...I am 32 and was super impressed and the kids loved it! Great prices on pumpkins but all the extras make this place outstanding. I recommend it to all of my friends...it is definitely worth the drive out to Canby!
I was extremely impressed by the Hoffmans farm. I've been to many other farms/pumkin patches and this one is by far the best! To explain to other reviewers, the animals are taken in because there is no other place for them to go. The keepers take very good care of them. The bear ended up going to a zoo and the smaller animals are trained and taken to schools and shows etc.
The prices for everything was very resonable and my 1yr old little girl and 3 yrs old Nephew had plenty to do for over 2 1/2 hours. I would highly recommend this outing for the month of October.
We had our daughter's 8th birthday party at the Hoffman's Dairy Garden. It was absolutely great. The staff went the extra mile to make us happy. They did everything we wanted and more. Our contact person Steve was really comfortable to work with. Over all they all were really easy going.
This is an old fashion kind of farm, in a very nice way. To us it looked like everything that a farm should be: Yes, you get dirty by the dust and dirt, and no- there is no air condition.
The animals look in good shape, the lion and tiger are behind a double fence which is perfectly understandable.
The kids especially enjoyed the train ride and pony ride!
Thank you again, we will recommend to others. Our guests were impressed as well. They all asked how did we find the place (Google) and agreed it was a fun event.
I think what some reviewers above do not understand is that Hoffmann Farms RESCUES those animals that they have. All of the animals have come from unsuitable homes, and they have given them a better environment. For instance, the large tiger came from a millionaire in California who declawed it and took it for a pet. Since it had been declawed it was no longer able to be in the wild, and no zoos would take it. One of the workers told us all about it. All of the peole there are very nice. They spend alot of money on meat for those animals, and that's why your business is appreciated there!
Our kids (and our friends' kids) absolutely loved the animals! The animals included wild cats, llamas, a bear, porcupines, wallabies (so cute), pigs, horses, cows, dwarf cows, and a number of other small exotic animals. They also have a pumpkin patch and a haunted house in the fall. They also have many large jump toys, a reptile exhibit, pony rides, and a train trolley ride (only $1). There is no admission fee to see the animals, pumpkins and corn and ball play pits. I think it would be fun for a birthday party, kids' field trip, or just for a fun day out with the kids! We loved this place!
In regards to my personal visit to Hoffman Farms in Canby, Oregon on Saturday 10/25/08. Ok, I am deeply troubled from what I saw in the respect of the large exotic cats being housed at this farm. An approx. 4 month old female lion cub in a small chainlink pen who for whatever reason is in their care, and in any case would and should be still nursing from her mother. Not only housed incorrectly, but alone, no other animals appropriate for her to stay with. She will soon be freezing if this is how she must stay through the night. This is not acceptable. Nor is the way the 6-7 month old tiger cub is forced to live. And the exotic cats are penned in very small cages for their size. The cages stinking of urine and feces. One Serval cat spent the entire time I was there pacing it's tiny spanse like a weaving stall bound horse. This is just flat sad. Who are these people? How did they come to own these cats?? Are they merely fostering them and soon their lives will be lived more as they should. Where will they go?? If anyone has more info please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I was shocked and still can't get them out of my mind. Would like to donate but only if it entails them being placed in appropriate facilities or in the case of the younsters, being placed carefully back in the wild on a reserve. What can I personally do to help?? Because I will. ~T
My 18 month old loved the corn pit and the ball pit. He also jumped in the air filled houses. Those were cool! I didn't know if the wild animals were in too small cages or not, but they seemed happy and the lioness gets to go out on walks with a man daily. The train was a fun adventure and it was well worth the money. I was glad to be able to see all the unusual wild animals so close to home. Good job Hoffman Farm.
Oh, we drove out there twice. Ha! We even got 5 cute pumpkins for free.
I HEARD OF THIS PATCH FROM CHANNEL 2 NEWS. WHAT REALLY GOT MY ATTENTION WAS THE LIONS, TIGERS, CAMEL ECT, LOTS OF DIFFERENT ANIMALS. IT LOOKED LIKE FUN SO I WENT ONLINE TO FIND THEM. IT SOUNDED LIKE FUN. I READ THE ONE REVIEW THAT THEY HAD RECIEVED. IT WASNT GOOD AT ALL. SO I DECIDED I WAS GONNA TAKE A DRIVE TO CHECK IT OUT MYSELF. THE PEOPLE WERE EXTREMELY NICE. I WALKED AROUND FOR ABOUT AN HOUR. THE ANIMALS WERE FAT AND HEALTHY AND I WATCHED THE WORKERS. THEY TOOK LOVING CARE OF ALL THE ANIMALS. THEY HAVE A BUNCH OF JUMP TOYS. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND
THAT YOU GIVE THIS PATCH A TRY. I WILL DEFINATLEY BE GOING BACK AND TAKING FRIENDS AND FAMILY. I ALSO WANT TO ADD THAT MOST PUMPKIN FARMS ARE CHARGING FOR PARKING AND ENTRANCE FEES. ITS HARD ENOUGH TO LIVE IN THIS DAY AND AGE. THIS FARM DOES NOT CHARGE FOR EITHER. JURITA
I was sadly dissapointed with this place. I was so upset with the conditions that their exotic animals were living in I decided to leave instead of buying a pumpkin and supporting this farm. I couldn't believe how small the areas were for the exotic cats, a type of bear, African porcupine, and other animals. The cages were to small for them having a healthy living environment.