Saturday, March 31, 2012
Live Oak School Farm Visit
The 3rd grade class from Live Oak School came for a return visit to the farm this week. Spring has sprung on the ranch and there was lots to do and see. Claire, my Milking Shorthorn cow, patiently let us milk her in front of the kids while her calf, Lily, slept nearby. Manny and Missy, our bottle baby lambs, mingled with the crowd, happily bounding about with us. The goat kids received lots of attention (and petting) and the younger chickens gladly let the children hold them, often snoozing off in their arms. Taylor, one of the farm interns, explained the construction of our Native American earth lodge while the kids listened attentively. And of course our resident herding dog/ranch boss, Jack, was there to greet each carload of kids as they arrived. He ran and romped with the kids and eagerly enjoyed snack time with them.
Not only were the kids undaunted by the mud, they actually embraced it. As I looked on watching a group of kids gleefully jumping into the muddy banks of the creekbed, one parent said to me: "It's primal." Yay!