We are currently bringing our first set of farms and farmers to YouGrowCulture. All these farms are handpicked and made sure to adhere to certain levels of quality of products, services and farming practices. We are making sure that the farms are well equipped and the farmers are trained to take you through a beautiful farming experience.
Visiting a working farm can be a wonderful family activity, educational and entertaining for children and adults alike. It brings you closer to the plants whose produce you eat, meet the people nurturing it and enjoy the nature that supports them. To help ensure that yours is a happy and successful trip, we offer the following guidelines.
If you only remember one thing from this page, let it be this: Please call ahead to find a mutually convenient time for your visit. Farmers are some of the world's busiest people, so dropping in is usually not a good idea. Some farms have regular hours when they are open for visitors; if not, call ahead. This gives the farmer more time to spend with you and make your trip endearing.
Farms run with scheduled work hours and labor, daily goals, supervision and commitments. Help them get better with their planning and they would love you for it! A farm is a family business and a home. Respecting the farmers' workload – and their privacy – is important.
If you don't know where to park, please ask.
Farms are not necessarily accident proof, and they're definitely not weather proof. Please come dressed for the weather, in clothes that you won't mind finding mud or manure on at the end of the day. Wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes to protect your feet and make it easier to walk on the uneven ground. Please bring your own water and a snack.
Speaking of snacks, please remember that the farm's products are its income. It can be tempting to help yourself to the beautiful food you see, especially when the fruit looks perfect and so plentiful! But just as you wouldn't eat a box of strawberries as you stroll through the grocery store, it is also not appropriate to pick and eat from from the farm on your way. Be a good guest, and remind your kids to do the same! Taste things only if you are invited to do so, and when offered. There may be an opportunity to purchase something to take home at the end of your visit.
Please stay on the paths. Plant roots and the soil itself need air to stay healthy, and it is easy for them to get sick when the soil has been compacted. Don't walk in the plants' bed! Stay on the path and teach your children to stay on the path!
Some plants, vegetables and fruits are really sensitive to touch. Your careless handling could inflict structural damage, pass on infections, and carry unintended germs. Please make sure with the farmer before handling them. Do take permissions.
Visiting a farm can and should be a fun and engaging activity! One of the best parts will be watching your children encounter new things. If you are a parent who is uncomfortable with the insects, mud, and animals commonly found on farms, it is a good idea to think through how you can avoid inadvertently passing on these fears to your children. The farmer will be your guide when you are at the farm. When you arrive, you might ask the farmer to explain to you and your children what real safety concerns exist, the history of the farm, and the ecological and agricultural context of what’s being done there.
Almost everything will wash off with soap and water when you get home. Make sure your children are respectful of the farm's rules, and then try to be relaxed and open to fully enjoy your visit!
Another thing to watch for is the universal parental tendency to make up answers to kids' questions. There's no need for that in your farm visit! Rather than possibly passing on misinformation, please go ahead and ask. So long as you are mindful of the farmer's time limits, it is fine and encouraged even – to ask the farmer how various things work! Your farm visit can be a wonderful opportunity for you to model the learning process with your children. Be curious. Wonder aloud. Ask someone who knows. Listen carefully. Take in the new knowledge.
As a kid remember how well you were connected to farms and nature and how it molds you as a person? Pass on the love to your kids! They are utterly missing it in life!