Apifera Farm - where art, story, animals & woman merge. Home to artist Katherine Dunn

Apifera Farm is a registered 501 [c][3]. All images ar©Katherine Dunn.


A place for elderly and special needs creatures to be cared for; a place where we bring animals together with elderly and special needs people for mutual comfort; a place where an artist and writer shares it all through story, art, image and raggedy creations.

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Apifera Farm [pronounced Ap-if-era and meaning bearing bees] began in 2004 in western Oregon, growing 4000 lavender plants and raising sheep. Soon, needy animals were being adopted- crippled goats, blind ponies, old llama and grumpy pigs. After 14 wonderful, magical years on the Oregon farm, Apifera closed their eyes and listened to their hearts and relocated across country, with all the animals, to mid coast Maine.

Katherine has been an artist since 1996 from her days in Minneapolis as an illustrator. She then began creating her own illustrated books. She continues to merge the lives of the animals into her painting and writing, and her art is also showcased on Sundance. 

Now settled at their new home, Apifera Farm is a non profit 501[c][3]. Your deductions are tax deductible to the extant allowed by the tax code. We were incorporated as a non-profit in Maine on July 20, 2017.  Contact Katherine to see our IRS Letter of Determination >

To read more about donating or supporting our animal work, visit the donation page.

Our mission statement:
  • Provide a safe haven at Apifera Farm for elder/special needs creatures
  • This includes hospice cases when needed
  • Dedicate ourselves to bringing our animals together with elder/special needs people for mutual healing and wellness visits at our farm, but also at elder residences 

Do you have an elder/special needs animal that needs rehoming?  
Contact Katherine. We look at each case individually. We also want to work with shelters, and farms that have special needs animals/elders/goat kids that might otherwise be euthanized.

We took on six sheep including some elders and their beautiful fiber for spinning, felting and craft is now available at the Etsy shop.

Katherine's books/art

Everything at Apifera is merged into Katherine's art and writings, with plenty more to come.
Main art site >
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Have donkey, and goat, will travel...and llamas, and chubby pony...and.....

Pino the mini donkey is a wonderful therapy donkey and has proven it through his many events and special one-on-one sessions he has thrived in. Opie the little pygmy who was a bottle baby from hour one and is very personable and cute as a button visits elder homes regularly. We have many other animals that are special with the elder guests like the llama and old Matilda to are a couple.

The Adopted Barnyard of Misfits

Apifera is also a final home for many old special needs animals. Since first moving to the farm, Katherine has been taking "The Misfits". She shares her Misfits through story and art, workshops and drawing sessions at the farm. Now that the farm has become a non profit, she has many plans to increase her efforts.

Martyn...The Dirt Farmer, the landscaper, the guy that keeps the place standing

Martyn Dunn was a licensed landscape contractor in Oregon for over twenty years and is loving his life in Maine. He also is a huge part of Apifera Farm, keeping the place standing, creating beautiful rock walls and gardens and helping Katherine's visions come to life. He deserves a fresh pie every day!


How Apifera was Born

Suffering a long lasting broken heart, a forty plus single woman writes a sacred list of three things she needs to do to recreate a sense of place for herself. It leads her across the country to Oregon where she meets her next door neighbor. Soon after, the man climbs a cherry tree in a heat wave and brings her his cherry harvest, hoping the cherries will cool her fair haired flush from the heat. The next day, still suffering in a heat wave, she bakes him a fresh cherry pie with the bounty he brought her. This leads to one of many epiphanies, that she must love him to bake in a heat wave. With her love for him sealed in that crust and fruit, they go on to move to a magical delapitated farm, and they call it Apifera. {Visit the illustrated book Katherine wrote about this}

Birdie the llama is a hit with guests
M'Lady Apple is old and beautiful

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One of The Misfits-special needs creatures- naps