Jeff and Rina Puska are planning a grand opening for their boutique and “cuddle farm” later in October. It features two sheep named Boots and O, among other animals. (Photo by Tyler Hay)

Jeff and Rina Puska are planning a grand opening for their boutique and “cuddle farm” later in October. It features two sheep named Boots and O, among other animals. (Photo by Tyler Hay)

Yellow Point family brings original children’s book to life at ‘cuddle farm’

‘We wanted a place where people could just put their phones down and have this magical experience’

An evening of sitting around with her imaginative children led a Yellow Point mother to write a book and bring it to life on her family farm with the help of her husband.

Rina and Jeff Puska, owners of Itty Bitty Acres, have created an interactive experience to pair with an original children’s book of the same name.

“We wanted a place where people could just put their phones down and have this magical experience where they can see there is a children’s book and there is the character,” Jeff said. “It’s kind of her vision of the place and we just brought it to life.”

The couple is expecting to have print versions of the book ready this month and plan to have a grand opening for their boutique and “cuddle farm.” The story is about tiny farm animals that do not have a purpose on a regular farm and stars Kevin, a highland cow that wears a headlamp to overcome his fear of the dark.

“They are scared and timid but they have this caretaker and she says every day to them that they are mighty, they just have to believe in themselves,” Rina said.

Jeff and Rina's "cuddle farm" features Kevin, the mini highland cow from Rina's original children's story Itty Bitty Acres. In the story he wears a headlamp to overcome his fear of the dark. (Photo by Tyler Hay)

Itty Bitty Acres features various animals that can be played with, as well as a gift store where people can purchase stuffed animals based on the characters. The book also features a couple of sheep, donkeys, chickens and a St. Bernard – all of which can be found on the farm.

“We wanted it so that people could afford to come out and just see some farm animals, feel magical, get a book read to them if they want,” Rina said.

The Puskas plan to set up an ice cream truck for customers and organize storytime for children.

Rina wrote the book between home-schooling her daughter and working as a nurse. She has since taken leave to focus on the project and de-stress.

“I’d rather spend time in a happy setting than come home tired and upset and scared,” she said.

The couple had support from their parents to have the book published and used the dedication page to thank them.

“To all the little ones thinking they can’t and to all the moms behind them telling them they can,” it says.

Jeff and Rina Puska are planning a grand opening for their boutique and "cuddle farm" later in October. (Photo by Tyler Hay)
Jeff and Rina Puska brought an original children's story to life at their farm in Yellow Point. It features two sheep, Boots and O, among other animals. (Photo by Tyler Hay)


 

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