To Make Your Visit Pleasant
A farm is a foreign world for some people. We farmers have more dark and silence--and more light and life. As you step out of your car, breathe in the surroundings. Notice the world around you. Focus on the present moment. Be attentive and respectful. If you have questions, ask.
Here are some basic guidelines for your visit:
1. Please park in the driveway around the circle so others can drive around the circle. Our farm’s red clay is slippery when wet and easily creates lasting ruts.
2. Please sign the visitor’s log in the customer shed (near the house.)
3. The farm is open to the general public for seasonal events, full moon celebrations, and educational programs. Visitors are welcome to visit once during member hours (please call ahead) to see if the farm is a good "fit: for you. If your enjoy your experience, we ask you to join the Farm Circle as members.
4. The house uses well water. It is delicious; however, the Health Department has asked us to provide bottled water. We have it available upon request.
5. We keep a first-aid kit just inside the door of the customer shed.
6. The fences around the pastures are sometimes electrified. People or animals that touch the fence will receive a jolt of electricity — not life-threatening--but shocking.
7. The animals are domesticated, not tame. Stay calm and the animals will stay calm around you. Look at the livestock, but do not tease, chase or agitate them. Approach them cautiously and treat them with respect.
8. Honeybees live on the property. If you are allergic to bee stings, please take the appropriate precautions.
9. We suggest you wash your hands after working in the fields; rinse your vegetables well. In the gardens, stay on the pathways and in the straw-filled trenches so the plant roots can breathe. Return all tools (scissors, tubs, etc. ) when you are finished, and clean up behind yourself.
10. You or your children may occasionally hold animals or pick up eggs. Again, make sure to wash your hands after that activity. (There is soap outside of the Customer Shed near the wash station.)
11. The farm abounds with wildlife, including groundhogs, skunks and snakes. Watch for and avoid holes in the ground. There is also ample poison ivy. Know what poison ivy looks like and take precautions to prevent it. Wear long pants and check yourself and your guests for ticks.
12. The weather is windier and colder here than in the city or suburbs. We suggest you bring an extra jacket and extra shoes or clothes if it is muddy.
We hope with these simple rules of engagement, you will have a wonderful visit at the farm!
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