Hosting field trips for disability programs around the Miami area is an important part of what we do at Empower Farms. It means a greater number of individuals with disabilities can experience the farm.
Field trip groups typically consist of 10 to 30 individuals with disabilities accompanied by staff or chaperones, though we can also accommodate groups of other sizes.
Past field trip visitors include:
ARC of South Florida
The WOW Center
Miami-Dade County Parks Disability Services
Ruth Owens Kruse Educational Center
The Social Cog
Nature Links for Lifelong Learning
Carrfour Supportive Housing for Veterans
Easter Seals Adult Day Services
The VA Recreational Therapy Program
Most groups arrive in the late morning and stay for two to four hours, taking a break for lunch in the middle. We have picnic tables in the shade, as well as some indoor tables, where Teammates can socialize over lunch. Typically, the field trip group will be the only visitors at the farm on that day.
Most field trips are weekdays or Saturdays, and must be during daylight hours. We typically do not schedule field trips in the summer as it gets very hot for outdoor work.
Programs are welcome to visit us on a regular basis, be it yearly, monthly, or in some cases weekly.
Empower Farms is located at 34270 SW 192nd Ave., Florida City.
We offer this service free of charge, as it benefits both our farm and the Teammates.
Before the day of the field trip, we discuss the aptitudes of the group with program staff in order to plan appropriate activities.
When they arrive, most groups are split up into several teams to work on different activities around the farm, with each team led by a farm staff member. This allows Teammates with different needs and abilities to engage in achievable tasks.
Visitors participate in multiple activities during the field trip, including but not limited to:
Filling pots with soil
Transplanting seedlings to larger pots
Planting in the garden beds or the fruit forest
Feeding the chickens
Collecting and washing eggs
Feeding the goats
Making sugar cane juice
and much more!
Contact us anytime to schedule a field trip to the farm.
Parents: If your son or daughter attends a program and you think they would enjoy a field trip to the farm, we encourage you to let your program staff know about us.