About Us


Hello again!

With all the craziness going on in the world today, the up and coming Ladybug Junction Farm is sure to be one place where you can relax, enjoy and rejuvenate. We have many recreational and learning opportunities available on the farm and we can’t wait to share them with you!

A unique educational animal farm and family learning center in Central Ohio; the Pickerington, Baltimore, Canal Winchester area. Our 3 core values are READING…LEARNING…& THE LOVE OF BOOKS!

Our main attraction is to bring kids and animals together in friendship at The Big Red Reading Barn where kids can read to the animals, develop a friendship with them and create an enthusiasm for reading and the love of BOOKS!

How We Got Started

Animals, Self-Enrichment & Books….Oh My!
What do animals, self-enrichment education and books have in common? Well, at Ladybug Junction Farm we are passionate about all three and we are in the process of bringing it to life with the initial purchase and set up of this unique and different animal farm and educational event center right here in central Ohio.
As authors and publishers, we are passionate about reading and the love of books. The main feature: The Big Red Reading Barn where kids read to the animals. Each animal has a unique story they wish to tell. We will be giving the animals a voice by publishing a book of their story in their honor and making it available to visitors.
Another focus that is near and dear to our hearts is Self-Enrichment – health, wellness and vitality for people and animals. We know that when people and animals have health and vitality, life is GOOD! Our goal is to help people and animals live life to the fullest!

About Don and Mindy

Don Kaleta is a regular guy who loves kids, animals and helping people. After 36 years with AT&T, he decided to become a children’s author and a Facilities Director ensuring the safety and well-being of residents in a senior living environment.

Due to his inability to be nothing other than a kid in a grownup body, Puppy Scents, The Kids’ Guide to Puppy Care was born; narrated by our Rottie mix pup, Roc.  Don’s out-of-the-ordinary sense of humor and his quirky way of looking at life is evident in the writing of this book. Don is passionate about lessons learned in relationships between kids and pups and Roc’s story is filled with life lessons for every child.

Don is dedicated to bringing fun and laughter to children, filling the air with his love for music and creating safe, clean, healthy environments for people and animals.


Mindy Kaleta is a wife, mom, entrepreneur, certified life coach, author, indie-publisher, loves kids and animals and is dedicated to helping people to “live a life you love!” Her mantra is this: “Life is SIMPLE. Be who you are & love what you do ❤️ every.single.day!”  Got a dream?  Mindy wants to help you get there!

The Big Red Reading Barn  Mindy is passionate about  reading, books and children’s literacy. Reading means kids are learning and the application of knowledge is power. Reading with animals in the atmosphere of the great outdoors at Ladybug Junction Farm in “The Big Red Reading Barn” will motivate children to see reading as a fun activity without the embarrassment or fear of reading errors. The animals love being with the kids and are oblivious of any reading mistakes. Reading to animals is one of the best ways to increase confidence and the love of books!  [Learn More About The Big Red Reading Barn/Visits]


The Educational Event Center When Mindy was creating the vision of Ladybug Junction Farm in her mind, she knew that it had to have ongoing education. Not just any education, but it must be a safe space where animals, kids and adults can come together to learn about one another and as a result find a way to live peacefully together in kindness, compassion & respect. We are eager to provide you with many programs/classes/workshops and speakers who are experts in their field to lead the way!



Who Would Be Interested in Ladybug Junction Farm?

Anyone who is interested in transforming the minds and hearts of people about how we feel and interact with animals and each other in a way that promotes lasting friendships, respect, kindness and compassion creating positive change to eradicate the suffering and abuse on this planet for animals, children and adults.

Ladybug Junction Farm – a unique learning and healing experience!

Bringing people and animals together in FRIENDSHIP, through READING, LEARNING and the LOVE of BOOKS!



Meet Our Founding Members


Roc – the narrator and star of Don’s book Puppy Scents, The Kids’ Guide to Puppy Care and in charge of Security on the farm

Miss Chloe, the pup on the front of Mindy’s book Surviving the Puppy Stage, How to Get Inside Your Dog’s Mind Without Losing Your Own and Official Greeter

Our three sweet office kitties who make sure we are taking time out of our busy day to remember what is important…Katie Lynn, Maggie Moo and little Miley Girl!



Our dream for a home in country, a place to slow down, rejuvenate and live the life we really want to be living (and YOU can too!) has come front and center for us.  We are dedicated to this project and committed to sharing it with others.  [Read More – Our Purpose]


Ladybug Junction Farm

A unique learning and healing experience!

Our Invitation to YOU!

If this sounds like something your heart has been yearning for…we are here for you and welcome your input and talents!

Take a look around our website to see how you can benefit, get involved or give support.

Thank you for coming!  If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please [Contact Us] and we hope to see you again soon!

Don and Mindy Kaleta










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