Hosting field trips for disability organizations 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
- Atlantis Academy
- 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
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.
Programs are welcome to visit us on a regular basis, be it yearly, monthly, or in some cases weekly.
We offer this service free of charge.
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:
- Farm tour
- Filling pots with soil
- Planting seeds
- Transplanting seedlings to larger pots
- Planting in the garden beds or the fruit forest
- Pulling weeds
- Feeding the chickens
- Collecting and washing eggs
- Painting signs
- 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.