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Open Farm Days are a chance for the public to get an enjoyable experience at Greenlands Farm with a little behind-the-scenes action. It is a unique opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer and to meet farm animals up close.

You can enjoy a day full of learning at the Helpers Of Our Farm petting farm, get a ride to visit the fields and fruits of Greenlands Farm, and take in some good eats at the Welcome Center where you can also buy products made on the farm. We want you to connect, learn, and live!

Greenlands farm is a bona fide working farm, home to Helpers Of Our Farm, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  

2017 DATES:
October 14th (Fall Farm Fest Fundraiser)

EVENT DETAILS:
Greenlands Farm | Open Farm Day
10 am – 3 pm
Location: 668 Midway Road SE, Bolivia, NC 28422
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Admission FREE

TICKETS FOR SALE at event:

  • PETTING FARM: $6 per person
    – children 9 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult
    – children under the age of 2 years (23 months and younger) are free with a paying adult
  • HAY RIDE & FARM TOUR: $6 per person
    – children 9 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult – children under the age of 2 years (23 months and younger) are free with a paying adult

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do I wear?
Please wear sturdy footwear, dress in layers, and bring a hat, sunglasses, bug spray, and hand sanitizer. You should also include rain gear as Open Farm Day goes on rain or shine.

What do I need to bring?
You’ll want to bring some cash to buy food, produce, and products that will be available for purchase at Greenlands Farm. You may also want to bring a camera to create memories! We kindly ask that you bring no outside cooler, food, drink, or alcohol.

Where do I park?
Parking for all access is next to the Welcome Center, handi-capable parking is available in front of the farm store along Midway Road. Please display your parking permit for handi-capable parking. Our parking area is an active pasture for HOOF’s farm animals, please do not litter.

Can I bring my pet?
For everyone’s safety (animals and humans), please leave all pets at home.

Will there be washrooms?
Our facilities aren’t always available for visitors, so plan ahead as much as possible.

Where should I stay if I want to enhance my experience with an overnight local stay?
Historic Southport and Wilmington have some wonderful bread & breakfast and inns, both cities are about 20-25 minutes from the farm.

OTHER THINGS TO KNOW

  • A majority of paid activity/ticket sale proceeds go to our farm animal sanctuary.
  • You must purchase a ticket or show proof of purchase for all paid activities.
  • Each ride ticket purchased is for one ride and one person. Please read ride rules at ride station.
  • Each petting farm ticket is for entry all day, you must show your stamped hand to re-enter.
  • Please read petting farm rules before entering, posted outside petting farm gate.
  • We suggest you bring a chair or blanket for hanging out and eating.
  • All bags subject to search.
  • No pop-up tents or umbrellas.
  • No contraband or illegal substances allowed.
  • No smoking on premises.
  • No passing out flyers or pamphlets.
  • No weapons.

PETTING FARM RULES

  1. Parents or caregivers are responsible for watching their children at all times!
  2. Only 35 people allowed in at a time in the barnyard area.
  3. DO NOT pick up, hit, be mean, poke, scare, or scream at the animals at any time.
  4. DO NOT feed the animals.
  5. No food or beverages allowed in the barnyard area.  Also there are no bottles, sippy cups, your children’s toys, stuffed animals, other pets, pacifiers, or smoking allowed as well.
  6. DO NOT let your child put their hands in their mouth after petting an animal.
  7. Keep your child/children’s hands and feet out of the mouths of the animals.
  8. No personal items that can’t be carried are allowed in the barnyard area, including strollers & large bags.
  9. DO NOT climb any fence.
  10. No barefoot or open toed shoes allowed inside pen.
  11. Sanitize your hands before entering and immediately upon exiting the barnyard area.
  12. If you get scratched or bit, from a surface or an animal, please go inside Greenlands Welcome Center to recieve First Aid.

HAY RIDE RULES

  1. Parents or caregivers are responsible for watching their children at all times!
  2. Shoes must be worn while riding and/or when standing near or by the hay ride.
  3. No throwing objects from the hay ride at any time. If your child or you do this, you will be asked to leave and all rides will stop.  Rides will only resume when the staff feels it is safe for other guests.
  4. No standing or jumping up and down on the hay ride.  A person who does this will be removed immediately, their ride will end, and they will be asked to leave the ride area.
  5. Riders must keep hands and feet inside the hay ride at all times.
  6. Children must be older than 13 years of age to ride solo.  Children under 13 years must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  7. Children are not allowed to follow in front of, beside, or behind the hay ride while it is moving and/or giving rides.
  8. No Food or drink while riding the hay ride.

The above rules are in place for everyone’s safety.  We take a no tolerance stance on them, if you do not cooperate you will be asked to leave the barnyard area or ride and no refund will be given.  

WARNING
There are some diseases and parasites that can be spread from animals to humans. The risk of infection through petting farm animals may be prevented by following everyday good hand hygiene measures. Therefore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that children and adults should wash their hands immediately after touching the animals at any petting zoo.  Heightened precautions should be applied to high-risk groups: Children under age five, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women fall in the category of high-risk for serious infection, and hence should strictly follow all the precautions enforced in the animal contact area.  If you prefer to wear gloves or shoe covers, please ask for a pair.  **Upon reading this information, you will have legally been aware & acknowledged of all the rules & policies set forth.  Greenlands Farm and Helpers Of Our Farm are not responsible for any accidents or injuries. The Rules, Policies or anything written on this document is subject to change without notice.**

WARNING
Under North Carolina law, there is no liability for an injury to or death of a participant in an agritourism activity conducted at this agritourism location if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of the agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include, among others, risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals, as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death. You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity.