SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Wagner Farms continues to make farm fun accessible to everyone.
The farm introduced its second wheelchair accessible wagon on Tuesday, three years after their first one, the Lorelai, was created. Wagner Farms Owner Ronald Wagner said the wagons were created to be used by everyone, regardless of their age, ability or mobility.
“We specialize in mobility impairments, wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, special needs strollers, infant strollers, child strollers,” said Wagner. “Both wagons can handle it without a problem.”
The custom wagon includes a solar-powered chairlift and safety features that can allow for social distancing.
Wagner purchased the chairlift from a couple who originally purchased it for their son, Leo, who is in a wheelchair.
“I started looking around for the wheelchair lift in December, and we tracked one down in Penn Yan, and the family who sold it to me, they had bought it actually for their van but then found out that it wouldn’t fit under the application that they wanted,” said Wagner.
When Wagner went to purchase the chairlift, he met the couple’s son, and knew he wanted to name his new wagon Leo. Wagner names all of the wagons in honor or memory of someone.
“We find somebody who’s meaningful, and a memory wants to live on no matter what…and we want to make sure that people appreciate that,” said Wagner. “And it’s like naming a boat or trolley, it brings good luck to the wagon.”
The Leo is now in use at Wagner Farms and can fit up to 24 people and two wheelchairs per ride.
Wagner Farms is located at 5841 Old Oneida Rd. in Rome.