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Farm features fall family fun
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Looking for a fun family activity this month? Baker Mountain Farms is open and providing just that through Oct. 31.
Baker Mountain Farm is location just off Baker Mountain Road and offers a petting zoo, scavenger hunt, play area, hay ride, maze, picnic area and pavilion, and education about composting and recycling.
The farm is owned and operated by Wendy Warner and her family. Warner was inspired to open the farm after the UT Extension’s program called Tennessee Nutrition and Consumer Education, which she taught in Van Buren County, got canceled.
“I loved my job teaching and being around kids,” she said. “I really missed it, so I though, why not keep doing it?”
The original vision for the farm was to teach children about where their food comes from and how and when it can be grown, but it has expanded to include teaching children to take care of the environment.
Warner says the expansion stems from her own parenting concerns.
“I want my kids to grow up with respect for the land, taking care of it and preserving it. I love where I live and I want to give back. This is an important thing for children to be thinking about because they are the next generation. If they don’t care about preserving the environment, who will?”
To make education fun, Warner and her family have brought the learning process to life at the farm by creating compost barrels to show visitors how easy it is to compost, setting up a recycling center for plastic and cans used at the farm, and hanging posters with information about various ways children can make a green difference no matter where they live.
For further emphasis on re-purposing everything, the Warners thought outside the box, making everything from a tire maze, obstacle course, and 40-foot slide from everyday items ordinarily destined for the dump.
Warner says the farm isn’t just for kids.
“We have tried to have something for everyone. Moms and dads can do many activities along with their children. There’s lots of information I think adults will be amazed at.”
The farm is also disability friendly.
“We have wheelchair-access bathrooms, a wheel chair ramp to the gift shop and picnic area, places for someone who cannot walk around to sit and watch the kids play, and there’s always the barn,” she said.
In the barn is a petting zoo stocked with goats, piglets, sheep and guineas.
The farm is open to the public Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Group tours are offered Monday thru Thursday by appointment.
Admission is $5 per person, which includes a pumpkin. Children 1 and under are free.
For more information and directions, visit or call 931-316-9072.