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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sunrock Farm Sampler Fundraiser will honor “Farmer Frank”

Farmer Frank Traina established Sunrock Farm in 1992. 
Sunrock Farm in Wilder, KY will host the Sunrock Farm Sampler Fundraiser on Sunday, September 13th from 2:00-5:00 pm, in honor of deceased founder and visionary “Farmer Frank” Traina.

It is open to the public and will provide a “sample” of what the farm offers via their various nature-themed programs.  Fun for the whole family, the event will include farm tours with an abundance of animal interaction, music, silent auctions/raffles, kids’ crafts and garden-to-table treats.

A native of New York City equipped with a PhD from Cornell, Frank Traina traded the title “doctor” for “farmer” when he purchased 33 acres of Northern Kentucky clay and rock in 1978 while teaching at NKU.  

After a lot of hard work, he established it as Sunrock Farm in 1982 to provide an enriching outdoor experience for people in the Greater Cincinnati area. Although it is a working farm with livestock and crops, its primary function is education.  As Farmer Frank used to say “we raise consciousness.”

To that end, Sunrock’s mission is to provide children and other visitors with a rich and varied experience emphasizing the senses with the realization that we are deeply connected to the natural world. This is accomplished via several hands-on activities such as milking goats, grooming horses, gathering eggs, feeding kids and lambs, etc.  In this way, children learn about the earth, its inhabitants, the farm to food connection, and our place in the environment.

Programs serve people ranging from pre-schoolers to senior citizens; college students to those with special needs.  Sunrock Farm now boasts 113 acres, several barns and out-buildings, gardens, herds of goats and sheep, pigs, horses, a calf, donkeys, chickens, turkeys, ducks, rabbits, alpacas and even an emu, and plays host to approximately 25,000 people per year.

Frank didn’t work hard to create and sustain Sunrock Farm for himself and his wife, or for the money, though.  In fact, he often joked that the farm was not a non-profit organization; rather it was a NO profit organization. Instead, he did it all for love of the natural world and a burning desire to teach others and provide them with a connection to it.

In addition, to ensure that ALL people could enjoy and learn from the farm, he was instrumental in establishing the Friends of Sunrock Farm in 1992 after a teacher told him that she had to leave a student back at school because his family could not afford the admission fee for a Sunrock Farm field trip.

A 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, the Friends raise money so that underprivileged children can visit the farm in the same manner as their more affluent peers.  All proceeds from the Sunrock Sampler Fundraising Event will benefit the Friends of Sunrock Farm.

Farmer Frank died in September of 2014 but per his wishes and under the guidance of his wife Debbie, the farm and its programs continue to teach, enlighten and entertain visitors.

All are welcome to experience or “sample” this delightful, family-friendly venue on Sunday September 13th from 2:00 – 5:00 pm at the Sunrock Farm Sampler Fundraiser.

Prices are $20 per adult ($25 at the door) and $10 per child ($15 at the door). Pre-register or donate online at or by calling 859-781-5502.

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