Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Our Day at The Farm

We are very lucky to have this organic farm so close by. Last week I went as a chaperone on a field trip to this farm with my daughter's class. They have goats, sheep, cows, emu, llamas, chickens and turkeys. This is also the place where I pick up my organic vegetables each week. Unfortunately, that will be coming to an end soon.

The first thing the children get to do is feed the animals. Do you think the animals know this?

I believe they have Jacob sheep. The owner told me they raise the sheep for their fleece and we started discussing a program that the local farmers have started to make blankets out of the local wool. She, the owner, is also interested in learning how to spin so I told her to get in touch with me. Maybe I can find some inexpensive spindles at Rhinebeck to get her started.

Then we get to go on a hay ride through the fields to the barn where there are more animals.
The llamas are used as guard animals for the goats and they really do a good job keeping those goats in line. We got to see them in action. I believe those are Belted Galway cows in the background. I find it easier to remember their other name - Oreo Cookie cows. I also got a view of the Thanksgiving turkeys (all the animals are also organic). After this, we got back into the hay ride and rode to the pumpkin patch where each child got to pick a pumpkin. It was really a fun morning.


amanda said...

I know it is totally unbecoming but I am sooooo jealous! I'd love to have a place where I could pick organic veggies and let the kiddos pet some animals (that way we can curb the I Want A Puppy conversion that seems to be on repeat).

Carrie K said...

I think that maybe the animals sense that? lol.

Wow, what fun! And the possible source of fiber.....I mean, teaching spinning. Very green. Awesome.

somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

I learned a long time ago that animals are not dumb. I always get a kick out of moving my hand in front of the fish tanks in pet stores. It is like the fish KNOW what the hand means. Glad to see you had fun!

ikkinlala said...

It's great that they got to take a field trip to an organic farm.

I hope the owner learns how to spin.