Farm Volunteer Waiver

Our farm waiver is a written agreement that outlines common activities and risks that are potentially associated with volunteering or visiting the farm. Although waivers are primarily legal tools, they also serve an educational purpose by letting you know about the potential risks of an activity. You can determine if this activity is right for you. Often that’s all it takes to understand and hopefully avoid accidents and misunderstandings.

Anyone who refuses to sign a waiver prior to the activity may not participate. Nor may the individual alter or delete any language in the waiver.

Waivers cannot be signed by minors. Activity participants under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.

If you have any questions or concerns about our farm waiver, please contact us.


Farm Waiver
I understand that working on a farm, around equipment and tools, can be dangerous. The behavior and actions of any animal can be unpredictable and that in working around animals, personal injury or property damage may occur. Being aware of the risks that may be involved, I indemnify and hold harmless Hawthorne Valley Association and/or their volunteers, officers and employees for any and all personal injury or property damage resulting from my participation or being on the farm.


Photography Waiver
I understand that photographs or videos may be taken of me and my guests in connection with my participation in farm activities, and that these pictures may be used on the Hawthorne Valley website, posted on Facebook, Instagram or other social media sites.


Conduct and Behavior
I agree to obey all instructions and safety rules and to alert the staff to any rules violations or dangerous behavior of co-participants. I agree to stay in areas to which I am assigned and not enter areas that will place me in undue danger. As an adult, I will supervise my child(ren) at all times. Participation is solely at the discretion of the staff members of the farm. I will follow their direction and keep the safety of others and the animals in mind when I take action.


Hand Sanitation
Interacting with farm animals is an important experience for children and adults. Being able to touch and watch the animals helps people to learn about agriculture and encourages the human-animal bond. Despite the many benefits of interacting with farm animals, people should be aware that farm animals can sometimes carry germs that make people sick. I will protect myself, my family, and the animals on the farm by remembering to wash my hands with soap and warm running water for at least 20 seconds after contact with farm animals. I will use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available.


Health and Safety Requirements
I will protect myself, my guests, the animals, and the employees of the farm by supporting health department requirements.  In order to provide the safest possible environment, Hawthorne Valley Farm will be adhering to the rules and regulations put forth by the Health Department.  I will maintain good hygiene at all times – including hand washing or sanitizing when required.

Please complete and submit the form below.


Farm Volunteer Waiver

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