The Board recognizes the Farm for helping reconnect people to the region’s agrarian roots – giving kids and families a taste of life on a working farm, and for the farm’s many programs focused on giving back to the Tampa Bay community.
Odessa, FL (August 11, 2015)– The Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners presented a proclamation to Old McMicky’s Farm this Wednesday, recognizing the farm for helping to pass along agricultural traditions, providing a family-friendly venue, and giving back to the community.
Commissioner Victor Crist, prefaced the reading of the proclamation by personally thanking owner, Ralph Zuckerman for resurrecting the farm and returning it to it’s roots as a more than an attraction but a participating partner in the community. He went on to explain that the Farm strengthens families and brings back a window of charm of years past utilizing farming principles to do so.
The Farm has recently become as popular in the media and community for its charitable endeavors as it has for its educational programming, farm tours and events. “I could not be more thankful for the recognition that the Farm received today”, says Zuckerman, “It has been our goal to bring value to the community as an attraction and as a community partner and I am sincerely thankful to the Board for recognizing that commitment today.”
About Old McMicky’s Farm: Old McMicky’s Farm, located on the Historic grounds of Camp Keystone (Established in 1946), is part of a cherished 68 year-old Tampa Bay tradition. The Children’s Educational Farm is dedicated to providing fun, educational and hands-on guided tours to groups, the general public and kids birthday parties. This unique farm is nestled on a beautiful 40-acre lake and is both rustic and elegant. The Farm also hosts special events such as Barn Weddings, Company Picnics, Corporate Events, Charity Events, Private Parties, to support their educational programming and community giving. Everyone at the Farm is dedicated to continuing this wonderful tradition for kids and families in our Tampa Bay community.
OMF is dedicated to giving back to the community in many ways. The Farm’s “1000 Kids” Program’s goal is to host 1,000 kids a year in the Tampa Bay area who are facing challenges for an awesome, educational and fun day at the Farm, at No Charge. The Farm hosted was honored to host 1276 kids in 2014 under the “1000 Kids” program in its introductory year. As of August 2015, the farm already has 740 kids reserved to come out for free under the program.
The Farm’s “Mission I Do” program provides Free, All-Inclusive Dream Weddings to Veteran’s and is now open to all active military in the Tampa Bay area. The third free “Mission I Do” wedding is coming up in February 2016.
The Old McMicky’s Farm Child Adoption Education Day brings more prospective adoptive parents in to the process to find more families for our local children in foster care. Over 450 people came out to the event to learn more about adoption, making it the largest child adoption education event in the nation. For more information about the Children Adoption Education Day go to: http://www.oldmcmickys.com/child-adoption-education-day/
The Farm will also be holding a Big Brothers Big Sisters Education Day in early 2016 to help find more “Bigs” for the hundreds of children currently on the waiting list.
More information about the farms community giving programs can be found at http://www.oldmcmickys.com/community-giving/. To learn more about Old McMicky’s Farm please visit http://www.OldMcMickys.com or call 813-920-1948. Follow us on FB at: www.facebook.com/OldMcMickysFarm.
Old McMicky’s Farm – Our Mission
To Continue the Tradition of Fun, Education and Creating Great Memories for Kids and Families in the Tampa Bay Area, and to Give Back to our Community.