Farmer For A Day
The farm has been graced with many school tours this year and today we had second graders from St. Therese Catholic Academy visit for their second time. They came out in September and had a chance to harvest many vegetables, but today the kids were shadowing us in every activity to think like a farmer: seeding, transplanting, field walks for availability, creek observations and sitting way high up in a tractor. They enthusiastically planted up pumpkins and transplanted zucchini plants tucking them into the soil with great care.
The kids gave a lot of thought to predictions that farmers need to make every day based on things they cannot always see. For example what animals and insects are eating our plants that we cannot see? How wet should the transplants be to make their smooth transition to the fields? Are the lettuces ready to harvest or should we wait another week?
I was so impressed with all their wonderful comments and considerations. They really put on their farmers’ hats and helped come up with solutions we need around the farm. One of the best solutions they came up with was about a new floating salmon filter we could use instead of the stationary one that we have to help save all small fish from being sucked up in the irrigation. They also came up with ways to conserve water in the greenhouses.
At the end of the day, we were so grateful for the amazing energy they all brought to the farm! Round of applause for these future farmers!
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