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  • 1.Children's Programs
    Questions about child-care, summer camp, parties, and all of our programs for youngsters.
  • What ages are accepted at the summer camp?
    Virginia05-06-2014

    Summer camp is for ages 3 and up! All ages are welcome, and the kids will have different activities for each age group. There are so many things to do on the farm, for children of all ages and abilities.

  • Will you do Home School Club year-round or just in Spring?
    Virginia05-06-2014

    Home school club will run during the school year. We begin in September and run through May. It is the second Friday of every month and begins at 10am. Please call in advance so we know how many children to expect and have materials ready for any activity we will do.

  • Is the swimming pool secure?
    Virginia27-04-2016

    The pool area is surrounded by a fence. There are gates in the fence and there is an entrance to the pool yard via the main building. No children have access to this area unless accompanied by appropriate supervision.

    The pool filter is also of the newer type that is not flat. Flat drain covers could allow for entrapment if covered by a body part.

    We have made sure that the pool is child-safe and always provide supervision. A person certified in First Aid/CPR is always on site.

  • I need something to do during Spring Break!
    Virginia27-04-2016

    Celestial Farms has programs available during public and private school Spring Break, Summer Break, Winter Break, and many other holidays when other schools are closed.
    We usually make some sort of announcement or reminder on Facebook and the calendar on this site's main page when those days are coming up. Cost will vary depending on the program dates/length. Make sure to contact well in advance, as there is usually a wait list!

  • I want to bring my group to the farm for a field trip, what should I know?
    Virginia06-12-2016

    We welcome all groups to explore, learn and grown with us. We function by local donations only and wish to never turn anyone away. We do suggest a $3 donation per child.

    The children will be able to tour our farm with demonstration gardens, ponds, playground, and barn yard with pigs, horses, donkey, rabbits, turkey, chicken, ducks and more! The children will receive an educational program and be able to participate in age appropriate activities. A train ride will provide a tour of the pasture and ponds. As we are a licensed DCF facility, safety is one of our highest priorities. There are hand washing sinks stationed all around the property.

    We do try to keep groups a maximum of 30 children. If you have more than that number, we will break up your children into smaller groups. For example, one group of 25 will be meeting and greeting the animals in the barn yard while another 25 will be taking turns on the train ride while the last group of 30 will be exploring the gardens.

    Please check out our facebook page for the latest photos, activities and improvements! I hope to meet with you and your students soon!

  • 2.Volunteers
    Questions about volunteering at Celestial Farms
  • Can teens volunteer on weekends or summer?
    Virginia21-03-2014

    Yes, we love our volunteers of any age! A parent would have to sign the waiver for any minor, but age-appropriate work can be found for almost anyone. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult (who is welcome to participate as well). We also welcome individuals and groups who need community service hours or who want to complete a service project for their organization.

  • Should I bring a sack lunch when coming to work parties or welfare garden work days?
    Virginia05-06-2014

    We generally do provide a lunch, as well as plenty of beverages on Volunteer Work Days. You are welcome to bring your own food if you wish, as long as all trash is discarded properly and you do not offer any to the animals without clearing it with a Farm Hand first. Some treat (even veggies) are not good for certain animals - did you know tomatoes are toxic to goats?

  • What should I bring to volunteer?
    Virginia14-12-2015

    All you really need to bring is a can-do attitude and a willingness to stay for at least 3 hours. Of course, if you want to leave sooner, you are welcome. We ask for a minimum of 3 hours since we do require you to read a booklet and sign a waiver before you begin and we would like to get a modest amount of work out of you before you run screaming for the hills.  Just kidding, there are no hills in Florida.

    If you have a favorite pair of work gloves, a hat, sunglasses, and maybe a bandanna - those are all good things to have. We try to have gloves available, but there aren't always enough in the right sizes to go around (psst... you could help out with that by ordering an item from our Wish List!) A t-shirt and long pants, with closed-toe shoes and socks is the best combination of attire for almost all types of work we will have you do.

  • How long should I volunteer?
    Virginia14-12-2015

    We ask that you be willing to stay for at least 3 hours. Of course, if you want to leave sooner, you are welcome. We ask for a minimum of 3 hours since we do require you to read a booklet and sign a waiver before you begin and we would like to get a modest amount of work out of you before you run screaming for the hills.  Just kidding, there are no hills in Florida. Most of our work days run from 9 am - 3 pm, so that is a maximum of 6 hours with a lunch break somewhere in the middle and maybe even some cool-down time in the pool when we are done.

  • 3.General
    Any questions you have about the farm at all!
  • Do you sell your vegetables and eggs?
    Virginia12-03-2014

    We will be selling them soon. For now, you can visit us on special event days (Like the Spring Fling in April), adopt a chicken for its eggs, or work a garden plot for the veggies we will help you to grow.

    Also, our Co-Op is a program where we distribute food and other items to all members interested. We receive donated food items throughout the year and harvest our own food products. As items come in, a mass text goes out to all on the list with details of items available. Items are passed out by first come, first served basis. To join, fill out a Membership Form and choose "free co-op only" as the membership type.

  • When is the best time for Members and Visitors to stop by?
    Virginia21-03-2014

    Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays are the best time, but please call ahead for an appointment to make sure someone is ready to greet you and show you around. Regular farm hours are between 9am and 7pm. Some classes my run outside these hours, but we will be busy with the classes and not available for a tour.

  • Can anyone drop by anytime?
    Virginia05-06-2014

    Yes, anyone can come visit, just call ahead for an appointment to make sure someone is ready to greet you and show you around. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays are best. Regular farm hours are between 9am and 7pm. Some classes my run outside these hours, but we will be busy with the classes and not available for a tour.

  • Do you sell meat from livestock?
    Virginia05-06-2014

    We do not sell meat. We do, however, sell livestock animals for you to raise at home.

    We also offer the option to farm share a livestock animal on the farm. This means that you would pay for feed and help to raise the livestock animal. We do not butcher animals at the farm, but we do know a humane butcher that you can use when the time comes.

  • What is the deal with "Celestial Farms" and "Celestial Therapeutic and Ornamental Gardens, Inc"?
    Virginia14-12-2015

    Short answer - They are two names for the same organization.

    Long answer - Originally, our only focus was on gardening for therapy and enjoyment. The name was long and a bit unwieldy, but we weren't really on the web yet.... Time passed, and we expanded our focus. At this point, we discovered two things: 1) The name no longer captured the scope of what we were doing and 2) The name was too cumbersome for most people. We are still, technically, "Celestial Therapeutic and Ornamental Gardens, Inc." However, we do business as (DBA) "Celestial Farms." It is the shorter, friendlier name for an organization that does so much more than just gardens.

  • Do you advocate eating the animals you rescue?
    Virginia14-12-2015

    That is a barbed question, but we will go there. First, let's designate that there is a difference between our "rescues" and our "livestock." We consider the various birds on the farm to be "poultry/livestock," even though some of them may have been adopted. Most live free-range and breed at will. We raise chickens for their eggs, and they occasionally hatch a brood. Since one farm can only safely house so many males (or they will fight and tear each other apart) that means that most of the hatched males (and some females) are either sold or eaten. If they are sold, they are either being eaten or they are re-homed as the breeders for a flock who will eventually produce more eggs and chickens to be eaten.

    The other rescues are usually working animals or pets. Some are impaired or were abused by their previous caretakers. Some are healthy, friendly animals that are also able to act as breeding stock when the mood strikes them (like Batman the pig). We also have some pigs that are livestock breeders. The breeders produce young that will be sold as pets or as livestock to be bred or eaten. Some we raise (check for pictures of how happy and clean they are) and eventually breed or butcher. The ones that are sold help to fund things like the feed and medicines for our rescue animals.

    We are not vegetarians, we do not preach that all people should be vegetarians. We do, however, believe that people should be good stewards of the earth and animals. All of our animals live a happy, healthy life; even the ones that will eventually be butchered for their meat. We take care of them, and they take care of us. We also believe that children should be taught early where their food comes from. If you eat meat from the store, that "meat" was once an animal that was butchered for its flesh. Maybe that animal wasn't raised in as happy an environment as ours. Maybe it wasn't butchered in as humane a way as ours. We teach the children that we are partners with the animals and that everyone and everything on the  farm works together.

  • What should I wear to the farm?
    Virginia14-12-2015

    If you have a favorite pair of work gloves, a hat, sunglasses, and maybe a bandanna - those are all good things to have. We try to have gloves available, but there aren't always enough in the right sizes to go around (psst... you could help out with that by ordering an item from our Wish List!) A t-shirt and long pants, with closed-toe shoes and socks is the best combination of attire for almost all types of work we will have you do.

    You do not want to wear open-toed shoes around hooved animals! Even if Veronica does it all the time. Google "flip flops horse" and see why!

    If you are visiting and not working, the above outfit (minus the work gloves and bandanna, unless you are really into that) is probably still a good bet. Remember that it is a farm and you will likely get dirty. Yes, some of us garden and clean stalls in rather odd outfits but you probably don't want to ruin your Sunday best by accidentally sitting in something a chicken made.

  • Can I feed the animals?
    Virginia08-02-2016

    You may donate your food scraps for us to distribute to the animals, or you may offer approved treats to certain animals with approval. We ask that everyone not offer food to any of the animals without first checking that it is safe. Some food you think are okay, may actually be toxic to certain animals, or we may be monitoring the diet of an animal for health reasons. Yes, this even goes for raw veggie scraps! Did you know that tomato plants are toxic to goats, as are avocados? Some foods can cause bloat if they eat too much, and some make the milk taste/smell funny. Please, always check with us before offering any food to our animals, as should be the case with any animal that is not your own.

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