Local Farm Supports Children Of All Abilities

By Crystal Harrison and Conner Sweeney

The Amazing Grace Crop Maze is one of many fall-friendly activities this farm has to offer for family members of all ages and abilities. 

After attending a young ranchers convention, owners Justin and Kelly Mosley were inspired to bring in agritourism to North Florida in their own way. In 2013, after a lot of research and planning they opened The Amazing Grace Crop Maze right outside Jacksonville in Green Cove Springs.

Other activities the farm has to offer are a giant pumpkin patch, wagon rides,  farm animals, a sensory table, and the main attraction is the crop maze. Everything the farm has to offer is designed to be inclusive for those of all ages and abilities. There is even a wheelchair accessible swing so all children can have the same experience.

While being a family owned farm, many of the workers are local high school students. For many of the teens it is their first job and helps provide them valuable life skills.

“For many of our team members this is their first Job so we hope that they are able to get skills in customer service, leadership, communication, and build a lot of work ethic that can help them in their future,” said Kelly Mosley.

cropmaze

Courtesy of Kelly Mosley 

Each year the farm features a new crop maze design that helps draw the community together and bring awareness to other ends of the community. This year’s design honors the Special Olympics.

“We are really excited to feature the Special Olympics as our maze design this year, which is a tribute for the work that they do for all the individuals with special needs in our communities and communities all over that they serve,” said Kelly Mosley.

All throughout the farm employees and Special Olympic contestants helped design and decorate the farm. Throughout the years employees and contestants have had the opportunity to work on the farm in previous years and continue to inspire others by being positive and uplifting others through their actions. The design is not only honoring these individuals, but also informing the community about the mission of the Special Olympics and the importance of providing inclusive environments for people of all abilities.