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FarmAtHome reserves the right to update or modify these policies and terms without prior notice. Your use of this website, our social media pages or entering the farm constitutes your agreement to these policies and terms. If you do not agree to all of these policies and terms, we respectfully request that you do not use this website, our social media pages or enter our farm. Additional policies and terms may be applicable to private events which would be separately outlined in connection with booking such event. If you have any questions regarding these policies and terms, please feel free to e-mail us or otherwise contact us.
Controlling access to this farm property, including fields, facilities and equipment promotes Food Safety, Security and Defense and Employee Safety and Well-Being.
For these reasons, this farm has adopted the following policies in regard to visitors:
- Farm Owner: Steven C. Fistere
- Visitors are defined as anyone who is not a Farm Owner or worker reporting for duty in their designated work area.
- Visitors must have permission from the Farm Owner before touring any properties.
- Signs shall be posted at the entrances to our farm and fields stating the following: "No Trespassing" "No Soliciting" and "All Visitors must call 240-372-0674."
- PICK-YOUR-OWN/FARM CUSTOMERS/DELIVERIES MAY PROCEED TO BARN AT AUTHORIZED TIMES
- Visitors are never allowed direct access to our fields or work areas. Access to our fields and work areas is denied for all unapproved Visitors.
- Visitors must wear identifying gear: Visitor's Badge
- No glass or glass cups permitted.
- Visitors must obey all posted signs. These signs may include but are not limited to the following:
- No Trespassing! No Soliciting!
- Contact main office at 240-372-0674
- Entering a Restricted Area - No children, animals or unauthorized personnel
- Do not enter without permission - Only employees on duty can enter
- No Chewing Gum
- No Smoking
- All visitors must abide by farm rules and hygiene requirements
- Danger - Chemical storage
- Danger- Pesticide
Who/What is Permitted in the Field:
- DO NOT PICK IF YOU ARE SICK - Do not work or pick if you are sick or experiencing fever, body aches, nausea, cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath or may have been exposed to individuals with these symptoms.
- Customers must follow any guidelines currently in place at federal or state levels (whichever is more restrictive) related to the required use of face coverings and social distancing.
- We urge customers to keep a 6-foot distance away from others, and discourage groups of 10 or more from assembling together in one area.
- First wash hands properly with soap and water before picking blueberries or other produce. Washing hands is for FOOD SAFTEY purposes and is part of our Good Agricultural Practice. Gels or hand sanitizers should not substitute hand washing with soap and water.
- Wash hands WHENEVER you come in contact with body fluids, including saliva and runny noses.
- DO NOT harvest fruit that has fallen on the ground or is touching the ground, as it may be contaminated.
- DO NOT enter any areas within the fields marked off with cones, string, tape, etc. or which are otherwise communicated as off-limits. Do not enter any farm buildings or other fields without permission. Customers must wear Visitor identification, when required.
- DO NOT attempt to feed animals.
- Be careful not to injure plants or to remove unripe fruit.
- We do not allow dogs so as to meet compliance standards for Federal and State health and food codes. Service animals are permitted. Comfort and emotional support animals are not permitted.
- NO professional photography. Professional photography sessions are only allowed by appointment only.
- NO alcohol is permitted on the premises.
- Customers and visitors drive on unpaved gravel and/or dirt farm roads which may have unexpected holes, depressions, etc. Exercise caution and use at your own risk, especially in vehicles lower to the ground.
- Any baked goods or other "cottage foods" and related samples which are produced by FarmAtHome, are produced under the Cottage Food Laws and thus were not produced in a commercial kitchen or subject to Maryland food safety standards/regulations. Do not consume these products if you have any food allergies.
- Our produce is not certified organic or otherwise certified. While we seek to minimize the use of agricultural chemicals through Integrated Pest Management and other sustainable growing practices, and to minimize applications of pesticides that contact the actual fruit, our growing strategies and techniques are continuously modified based on growing conditions. Our growing practices vary and range from natural methods such as pruning, irrigation, traps, horticultural oils and predatory bugs, to approved pesticides. Our specific practices with respect to a particular crop are not guaranteed and are subject to change without notice.
- Visitors and guests may be temporarily or permanently banned from the farm with no refund of prepayments to the extent of disorderly conduct, excessive/objectionable noise or contact with other visitors or guests, solicitation of other goods/services on the premises, intentional destruction of produce or plants (such as throwing of produce, excessive sampling of produce, etc.) or for prolonged utilization of farm amenities without intention of making proportionate purchases.
- Violation of any of our policies could result in being banned from the farm with no refunds for prepayments.
Other Health/Food Safety Precautions:
- Visitors must use containers provided or containers provided with a provided unused plastic bags.
- NO outside containers or bags are permitted as these may be sources of contamination.
- NO children are permitted to be unattended in the fields or picking. Children should be closely supervised when in the fields.
- NO pets allowed in the fields.
- NO glass or glass cups are permitted.
- NO FOOD OR SNACKS are permitted
- NO SMOKING is permitted anywhere on the property.
- Be aware of the weather conditions and wear appropriate clothing. Wear loose, comfortable clothes. A hat is great sun protection.
- Don't forget sunscreen and/or bug-spray. Stay hydrated.
- DO NOT CONSUME UNWASHED PRODUCE IN FIELD
- DO NOT pick fruit that has bird droppings on it.
- Be vigilant for uneven ground, insect nests, animals, pests and poison ivy.
- Drinking water (for purchase), portable toilet and hand washing facilities are available for visitor use during the harvest season.
- As honey bee colonies are maintained at the farm during various times, anyone who has a demonstrated allergy to bee stings should take appropriate precautions.
- It is tempting to begin picking at the first berries you see. We recommend moving around throughout the field.
- Don't be afraid to thoroughly examine the blueberry plant in search of berries. Just about everyone starts with the berries that can easily be seen at eye level. Some of the largest berries are hidden below and behind leafy vegetation.
- Only pick dry berries that are completely blue (harvest only well-ripened fruit). Blueberries and certain other produce do not continue to ripen after they are picked.
- Place hands under the clusters to avoid dropping the berries.
Why the importance of hand hygiene? Because the most common method of microbial transmission is thorough your hands. Past outbreaks of food borne illnesses have usually been associated with produce becoming contaminated with fecal material due to improperly washed hands. When handling blueberries and other produce hands should be clean. Clean means the physical removal of visible filth with soap and water of adequate sanitary quality (potable). Besides soap, gels or hand sanitizers can also be used to clean hands because they reduce bacterial levels. But, gels or hand sanitizers should not substitute hand washing with soap and water.
Correct Way to Wash Hands:
Six simple steps to follow for proper hand washing are:
Wash hands if hand harvesting produce, before starting; after using bathroom; after breaks, before and after eating or snacking. Wash hands WHENEVER you come in contact with body fluids, including saliva and runny noses.
- Wet hands with clean or potable water.
- Apply soap.
- Scrub hands, between fingers and under fingernails (best with a fingernail brush) and top of your hands for at least 20 seconds to do it properly.
Friction and the duration of that friction is KEY to good hand washing.
- Rinse off soap thoroughly.
- Dry hands with single-use paper towels.
Drying hands on our own clothes defeats the purpose of cleaning your hands. Clothes are exposed to environmental contamination and hands will pick up all that is on the surface of your pants or shirts.
- Discard used towel in a trash can. Proper Hand Washing is KEY factor in helping to reduce microbial contamination risks.
When using toilet facilities, workers, visitors and anybody associated with our operation are reminded:
- NO soiled toilet paper on the floor.
- NO soiled toilet paper in waste baskets or boxes.
- Soiled toilet paper should go into the bowl.
- DO NOT dry hands on pants or shirt sleeves. Drying hands on our own clothes defeats the purpose of cleaning your hands. Clothes are exposed to environmental contamination and hands will pick up all that is on the surface of your pants or shirts.
- Keep your hands clean. Remember blueberries and other produce are food products that you are handling. The law requires any workers to wash their hands after each visit to the bathroom or portable facility.
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FarmAtHome reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken of customers or visitors at the farm, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. FarmAtHome may use (without providing any compensation, royalty, etc.) the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by FarmAtHome including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, social media, websites, etc.
To deter/mitigate theft and for the safety of our employees and visitors, FarmAtHome employs camera surveillance equipment for security purposes. This equipment may or may not be monitored at any time. Surveillance cameras are only utilized in public areas where there is no "reasonable expectation of privacy."
Children's Personal Data:
This website is designed for a general audience and is not directed to children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect or solicit personal data from children under the age of 13 through this website. If we become aware that we have collected personal data from a child under the age of 13, we will promptly delete the information from our records. If you believe that a child under the age of 13 may have provided us with personal data, please contact us.
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Unauthorized use of this website may give rise to a claim for damages and/or be a criminal offense.
You may not create a link to this website from another website or document without FarmAtHome's prior written consent.
Our website may contain links to affiliate and other websites. FarmAtHome does not claim nor accept responsibility for any privacy policies, practices and/or procedures of other such websites. Therefore, we encourage all users and visitors to be aware when they leave our website and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information.
Social Media Policy
FarmAtHome's social media pages allow us to provide information and engage in online interactions. Cyberbullying will not be tolerated. Any offensive posts or comments on our social media pages will be removed at our discretion and the offending users will be reported to the respective online service provider. Before participating, please read and adhere to the following guidelines:
By participating/posting on our social media pages:
- Protect your personal/private information by refraining from posting it online.
- Refrain from posting confidential or proprietary information of yours or of a third party.
- Be mindful of others when posting; be respectful and courteous in every post.
- Refrain from posting anything that includes profanity, nudity, depictions of violence, threatening language; inappropriate, indecent, harmful, discriminatory, or obscene content; or depictions of acts that are dangerous or encourage any person to undertake a dangerous activity.
- We reserve the right to delete or remove any comments we find inappropriate or offensive.
- We reserve the right to delete any comments that promote other products or services.
- Comments, questions and information posted on our pages are not always timely reviewed, responded to or verified and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or practices of FarmAtHome.
- You grant FarmAtHome the permanent, irrevocable, and fully transferable right to reproduce any content you post, including comments, images, or other content for business purposes.
- You certify that you have the right and authority to submit or post content, and that such content does not include the intellectual property or rights of any third party.
- You allow FarmAtHome to use any material you submit in any manner and without limit. You agree that upon submission of material, you release all rights, title, and interest in and to any and all submitted material, including, but not limited to, posted comments, photographs, voice recordings, or other images or recordings.
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- FarmAtHome is not responsible for the terms and conditions of use, privacy policies, or security policies of various social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Flickr, Pinterest, etc.) or of other third-party sites that may be linked to this page or social media site.
- FarmAtHome is not responsible for and does not endorse any advertisements that social media sites may place on our pages.