Bolin Grove Farms Policies and Code of Conduct
Bolin Grove Farms is an Agritourism entity providing Agritourism activities. Our facility is family friendly and, therefore we expect Guests to behave appropriately. Unruly, disruptive, or offensive behavior is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Violating our Farm policies may be cause for ejection from the Farm without refund. For more information, please review the Farm policies below.
Risks & Responsibilities
We are a working Farm and there are inherent risks involved. By entering our premises, you accept all risks. The Farm and its employees are not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen items. It is the guest’s responsibility to protect their personal property while at the Farm. Guests are expected to exercise good judgment and act in a responsible manner. There are inherent risks in the participation in or on any ride, device, use of the lake or other attractions. Rides, devices, and attractions may be stressful and may shock, surprise, thrill, or inspire our guest. Guests are of different capabilities, limitations, and health, and when participating on a ride, device, or attraction should not engage beyond their capabilities, limitations, or health. Guests must also obey all oral and written warnings and properly use all ride safety equipment provided. Guests who do not comply with ride rules may be ejected from the Farm without a refund. Parents/Supervising Adults of young children are responsible for assessing risks and must accompany their children throughout the Farm. Please refer to specific guidelines posted at the farm.
Birthday, Field Trip & Event Deposit Refunds
In the event the Farm is forced to close due to inclement weather prior to the event date, deposits will be refunded in full. Should inclement weather occur during the day of the event that requires Bolin Grove Farm's closure, the Farm, at its sole discretion, may refund a portion of the deposit and/or ticket costs.
Subject to the Farm receiving a written (email) notice one week prior to the event date, reservation cancellation is allowed and the customer is entitled to receive a refund with a refund with a 10% administration and processing fee.
From time to time, factors outside our control, such as but not limited to standing water, mechanical breakdown, employee absences, etc., may require us to shut down various activities. In many instances and at Bolin Grove Farms’ sole discretion, the determination to do so may be made before or during the day the farm is open.
Alcoholic Beverages, Smoking, and Illicit Drugs
No illegal drugs can be brought into Farm. Drunken and drug induced behavior is cause for ejection from the Farm without refund.
Alcohol is not allowed on the farm to the public. However, during private events or weddings, respective to your rental agreement, Alcoholic beverages must be served by your caterer or bartender and a security guard must be present.
Smoking, vaping and the use of chewing tobacco is prohibited, except at the fire pit or designated smoking area near the Waster Pro dumpster gate. The Customer is responsible for enforcing the smoking policy to guests and its vendors. All cigarette butts must be disposed of in the fire pit or cigarette dispenser in smoking area. If anyone is caught smoking outside the designated area, they will be warned, and if disagreeable, will have to exit the Premises and the security deposit will not be refunded. Any cleanup of tobacco products left at Bolin Grove Farms will be deemed excessive and will result in deductions from security deposit.
Guests are expected to behave in a family-friendly manner. Do not sit or stand on fences or railings. Line-jumping, profanity and unruly behavior are offensive to Farm Guests and may be cause for ejection without refund. Guests are not permitted to save places in line, bypass others in line, or exit the line and return to the same place for any reason. Guests exiting a line must go to the back of the line if they decide to return.
In keeping with our family-friendly environment and for safety reasons, Farm enforces a dress code. Proper and unrevealing attire must always be worn on the Farm, including shirts, dresses and appropriate footwear. Going shirtless and clothing or tattoos with offensive language or graphics are not permitted at any time. Examples of clothing not permitted are those which display:
Support of drugs or drug use
Promoting discrimination against any group
An image of an assault rifle or handgun does not, by itself, rise to the level of graphic violence. Farm admission may be denied if clothing or tattoos are deemed to be inappropriate by management and the Guest refuses all reasonable options. Shirts cannot be turned inside out as a solution.
Food, beverages or coolers may be brought into the Farm. The Farm provides picnic tables for guest use except those picnic tables designated as “RESERVED”. Barbecuing and/or grilling, other than during a rental event at our Big Green Egg on back patio, is not permitted anywhere on the Farm property.
Food, Drinks, Coolers, & Picnic Tables Berry Picking
During our fruit picking season please pay close attention to all updates such as picking times and availability. Blueberry picking typically starts mid to late April and will go until fruit is picked out. Blackberries tend to be ready for picking in May/June and as well will go until they are picked out. In the past we have gone to the second week of June, but fruit production is not in our control. We do highly suggest you pick the berries first thing as we cannot guarantee the fields will be open all day. Both blueberries and blackberries are picked on your own and you will pay for what you pick. At this time there are no admission fees to enter our fields to pick, but you will be required to purchase one of our Baskets. The Baskets will be yours to keep, and you can return with them for future berry picking.
When arriving at the farm you will be greeted by one of our farm team members and they will guide you through the berry picking process along with where berry picking will be taking place.
We do ask that you please pay attention to the details as each piece of information is important. If you and your family will be joining in on the Bolin Grove fun, please pay for all berries before going to play.
The Farm reserves the right to inspect all packages, purses, backpacks and fanny packs prior to entering the Farm. Weapons and illegal contraband are not permitted into the Farm. We recommend that you secure such items in the trunk of your vehicle.
Guests using profanity or abusive language, symbols or gestures may be ejected from the Farm without refund.
In addition to the Farm Guest Code of Conduct, Guests are required to comply with all local, state, and federal laws, as well as individual Farm policies, rules and instructions posted or otherwise listed.
Farm Policy Compliance
Animals are not allowed on the Farm, with the exception of service animals and accompanying paperwork. You will be asked to stay away from our animal yard. The Farm does not provide kennel services. For the health and safety of your pet, do not leave it in your car for any length of time while visiting the Farm.
In addition to all items previously mentioned, the following items are not permitted at the Farm, at any time:
Spray paint and aerosol cans
Spiked clothing or jewelry
Fireworks and explosives
Firearms and ammunition
Chemical weapons, including mace and pepper spray
Barbeques or grills
Unmanned aerial vehicles (drones)
By entering the Farm, Guests grant Farm the right to film, video, record or photograph them on Farm property for any reason without payment or consideration. Farm requests that all photographs or video taken by our Guests be used for their personal use and enjoyment only. Any use, reuse, or reproduction for commercial purposes without the express written consent of Farm is strictly prohibited. Farm reserves the right to refuse to allow photography of any kind as necessary at individual locations. Unless permitted by the Farm, no commercial photography of any kind is permitted.
All Farm rides and attractions are protected by copyright. Guests must have written permission to use photographs and/or videotape of Farm images for commercial broadcasting, advertising, marketing, or publishing in any medium.
Field Trip Re-entry
Guests (such as Parent(s), Legal Guardian(s), teachers, sponsors, administrators, coordinators, etc.) acknowledge and fully understand that there are inherent risks of injury or harm associated with the Farm’s activities and critters.
The Farm’s activities and exposure may include but are not limited to a body of water, climbing, riding equipment, handling animals, running, bouncing, moving vehicles, reptiles, insects, rodents, and other camp structures, and other activities associated with the Farm experience. These inherent risks include but are not limited to: encountering natural dangers or injuries such as falling, being bitten by critters such as animals, insects or snakes, irregular or uneven ground, unseen and unmarked objects, drowning or serious injury in and around water, water impurities and the like.
Inherent risks also include acts or omissions of other Guests, sunburn, rain or hailstorms, tornadoes, and the like, contact with plants, animals or insects, the risk of Guests engaging in unauthorized activities, Guests’ own acts and omissions, the administration and availability of first aid and emergency treatment and consumption of food or drink by Guest. Guests further acknowledge that there may be other sources of risk that are not listed but nevertheless agree that such risks exist even if they are not specifically identified in this document.
HANDWASHING AND SANITATION
Animals and bugs may naturally carry diseases that can make you sick. These are known as zoonotic diseases. Some of the most common zoonotic diseases include:
Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which you can get from a tick bite.
West Nile virus, which you can get from a mosquito bite.
Salmonella infection, which you can get after handling a baby chick, chicken, duck, turtle or snake.
E. coli infection, which you can catch if you touch areas in a petting zoo or animal exhibit where some of the animals are infected.
Thankfully, there are things you can do to protect yourself and your children from zoonotic diseases.
Closely supervise children in animal areas.
Avoid putting things in your mouth in animal’s areas.
No food, drinks, baby bottles, pacifiers, toys, or strollers should be in animal areas.
Always wash your hands for 20 seconds after being around animals.
Hand-washing stations can be found at the entrance/exit-ways of the guest house restroom facilities. Additionally, hand-sanitizing stations can be located throughout the farm.
Properly sanitize any personal belongings such as shoes, strollers and clothing to kill germs that might have been transferred through contact with animals, their bedding or surroundings.
Protect yourself from bug bites by using repellent on skin not covered by clothes or shoes.
Check for ticks after you've been outdoors.
It's important to remember that anyone can become sick from a zoonotic disease, including healthy people. However, some people may be more at risk than others and should take steps to protect themselves or family members. These people are more likely than others to get sick, and even die, from infection with certain diseases. These groups of people include:
Children younger than 5
Adults older than 65
People with weakened immune systems
PLAY AT OWN RISK
Not responsible for injuries. Adult supervision required.
Acknowledgement of Risk & Parental Responsibility. Guest Waiver of Rights and Release of Liability
Guests hereby release, waive and discharge Bolin Grove Farms, its agents, employees, contractors, and volunteers (“Staff”) from all loss damage, injury, or liability arising in connection the Farm including all Farm activities, use of Farm facilities and equipment. This waiver extends to but is not limited to those risks described in ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISK above, providing, however, that this waiver and release does not include loss, damage, injury, or liability, caused by the intentional or reckless acts of the Farm and/or its Staff.
Guests further agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Farm and its Staff from and against all losses, damages, monetary awards and expenses, including all costs and attorney’s fees incurred by the indemnified parties in connection with any and all claims asserted against the Farm and its Staff brought by Guests, and their respective heirs successors, assigns and legal representatives for any injury, illness, disease death, or damage to or loss of property, arising in connection with the Farm. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this indemnification and hold harmless does not extend to losses, damages, monetary awards, and expenses caused by the intentional or reckless acts of the Farm and its Staff.
THE FARM EXPRESSLY RESERVES THE RIGHT, AT ITS SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION, TO TAKE WHATEVER ACTION DEEMED NECESSARY TO CORRECT ANY SITUATION IN VIOLATION OF THE ABOVE RULES OR THAT REPRESENTS A THREAT TO OR BREACH OF SAFETY, SECURITY, NORMAL OPERATION OR THE ENJOYMENT OF GUESTS.