With so many wonderful people sharing in the life and work of the farm, it can be easy to lose our focus and hard to convey our long term goals to newcomers. We’ve found that written policies and guidelines help us steer a steady course in a complicated world.
We think of these policies as “living documents”. They aren’t ironclad rules for us to hit people over the head with, they are goals to encourage us and to bring us together in our work. They are yardsticks by which we can measure both our plans and our achievements. They are subject to revision based on our experiences and changing circumstances.
Most farm visitors, and even many participants, really don’t need to know the exact written policies. They are mostly common sense and good manners, directed not just towards other people but towards the farm itself.
We count on each person taking full responsibility for themselves and their actions. This includes:
- Treat all beings with courtesy and respect, including people, animals, insects, and plants.
- Children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.
- Pick up after yourself and others; use designated trash/recycling/composting facilities.
- Use designated sanitary facilities only (privy behind barn; bathroom in house).
- Refrain from wearing or using highly scented or allergenic items.
- Leave all gates and doors in the condition you found them unless you are certain.
- Use tools and facilities safely, with proper protective and safety equipment.
- No drugs, alcohol, tobacco, firearms, weapons, fireworks, explosives, chewing gum, glitter or TV. Use earphones for radios, etc.
- No use of poisons or pesticides without specific permission, except personal insect repellent.
- No internal combustion engines past the farm gate without specific permission.
- No fires (including smoking, candles, lanterns, etc.) without specific permission.
- No running, climbing, digging, shouting, or non-live voices or music without specific permission.
- Refrain from violent or foul use of language, gestures, or other expressions.
- No commercial advertising, soliciting, or promotion without specific permission.
- “Under Kansas law, there is no liability for an injury or death of a participant in a registered agritourism activity conducted at this registered agritourism location if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of such agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism include, but shall not be limited to, the potential of you as a participant to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death and the potential of another participant to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death. You are assuming the risk of participating in this registered agritourism activity.”
- All interactions with non-domestic animals at Pinwheel Farm are considered “acts of God” for which Pinwheel Farm is not responsible.
Help us keep healthy! Please use proper biosecurity measures if you have recently been on another farm, especially one with sheep or goats. Notify us immediately of any recent exposure to infectious diseases of any species, human or animal. If you are not sure, please ask.