Richie’s Ranch is a small 19 acre farm started by me, Rich Tuten. I recently retired from the fire service and wanted to start a small children’s farm.
My long term goal is to make a small farm where school field trips, pre schoolers, and other groups could tour the farm and learn what goes on. Also host birthday parties and other group celebrations. I wanted to make a place where children and their families could come to play, run around, and enjoy the outdoors.
I wanted it to be available to all parents in the area. St. Augustine, Putnam County, Palatka, Clay County, St. Johns County, and Duval County. Anyone with kids from Jacksonville to Hastings to Palm Coast and all points in between is welcome.
I also wanted to make it affordable. As any parent knows, taking your kids to places can get expensive. Trampoline parks, the movies, even outdoor festivals are all expensive. Just getting in the door costs a fortune these days.
As a single dad with a son I know all too well how much things cost to entertain your kids.
That’s why I’m doing things a little different than most. If you want to bring in your own food you can! Feeding a family gets expensive at these events. Just please clean up after yourselves. That’s all I ask.
I had planned on a 2020 opening. There are some things not yet finished, and in the future we will be offering more year round activities like butterfly gardens, wildflowers , planting your own garden, and adding goats, pigs, and other critters. ( You may see my pet hawk flying around ).
But I figured why not open for Christmas! Weather is usually nice, and everyone likes to be outside during this time of year.
Poke around the site. Let me know if you have any questions. I have some tips for everyone that will make the trip fun and safe. Thanks for coming by.
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