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James Patrick Riley, owner and CEO of Oak Glen’s Riley’s Farm, was a guest of former Arkansas Gov. and White House contender Mike Huckabee on Jan. 12 on Huckabee’s Trinity Broadcast System’s “Huckabee TV.” Riley has recently come under fire for expressing his own personal opinions – on his own time and one his own social media accounts, including Twitter, as well as his personal blog by a Southern California public school district.
Riley’s Farm is a thriving glimpse of farm life and life 200-plus years ago in the hills above Yucaipa. It’s a family-oriented living history farm where families and friends come to pick apples, blackberries, pears, pumpkins, raspberries and strawberries by the bushel. It’s where couples come for an evening of participatory dinner theater — and where young men have been known to propose to their young lady at the St. Valentine’s dinner and dance. It’s where folks take out-of-town guests to the Hawk’s Head restaurant, built with original tongue and groove technique and the interior is modeled from colonial taverns of old, for an enchanting dinner in early colonial America style complete with a selection of ales, wines, and ciders. More recently, Riley’s Farm is the site of glamping opportunities and even early 18th century thematic summer day camps complete with archery and tomahawk-throwing contests.
But, most of all, Riley’s Farm is where hundreds, even thousands of school children come by the busloads each year for field trips to experience first-hand what life was like in the pre-revolutionary and Civil War days. Huckabee even paused his interview with Riley to show a brief video of Riley speaking one of the hundreds of school groups visiting the farm prior to loading onto school buses for their return trip to their school.
Riley is shown in period attire and acknowledging that the kids are about to head to “that sweet place called home.” But he asks them to ponder for a moment about those “Americans who have died at Normandy, Fallujah and Bunker Hill, who never got to go home.”
But Riley’s appearance on Huckabee TV wasn’t a warm and fuzzy travelogue piece. Huckabee featured Riley on the show because of Riley’s recent conservative personal expression – and the subsequent boycotting of his farm by the Claremont Unified School District (CUSD) which has taken exception to his personal expressions.
But Huckabee clearly and correctly notes that nothing controversial has ever been taught to the more than two million youngsters that have visited the farm. Instead, because of what Riley has said in his personal time, within his personal social media accounts, the CUSD now claims that Riley’s Farm is an “unsafe space for students.”
Riley himself notes that the teaching and experiences the school children have at Riley’s Farm are limited to 200-year-old-plus more history, not current events. Riley also contends – both on Huckabee’s show and in the law suit he has filed against CUSD – that he has a right to express himself.
Huckabee opens the segment with Riley saying James Riley “is now teaching them (CUSD) about free speech with a little law suit.”
Interested in knowing more? Go to: https://watch.tbn.tv/huckabee/videos/huckabee-66, at approximately minute 43 of the show for a four-minute recap of Riley vs. CUSD. And plan to fight back for the right of free speech by visiting Riley’s Farm for an 18th century meal at Hawk’s Head, a night of dinner theater and/or berry picking as the season gets underway in the coming months. For more information on Riley’s Farm, go to: https://rileysfarm.com/.