Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
Today was full of excitement! It dropped to 34 degrees early in the morning, causing dew to freeze. When we went outside for breakfast, the kids noticed that every blade of grass was coated in white ice and began fiercely debating whether it had snowed or not. After breakfast the whole class went on a hike up Fudd Hill which Julie described as “serious mountaineering.” Some thought they couldn’t make it to the top, but they all persevered–and even made it back down.
One of the sows gave birth to a litter of ten piglets today. All students either watched piglets being born or got to visit them within minutes of birth. The students were very curious about all the “slime” on the new piglets and many tried to empathize with the mama pig. It was a goldmine for quotable fourth grade moments:
- “I wish we could take one home! We could feed it a bottle… It could share the milk with my sister! And its easier than a dog. And who doesn’t love a pig?”
- “The boy gets the enjoyment of having a kid but he doesn’t DO anything!”
- “I didn’t stand on my own for the first time until I was one!”
- “One thing I don’t want to tell a pig is that we can eat you for dinner.”
- “I wish my mom had that many kids at once…”
But by far, the most exciting moment of the day was when Miles arrived! For those who don’t know, Miles injured his foot the night before we left and is on crutches. Until last night we were unsure whether he would be able to join us. But happily, he arrived this morning just in time to see the first piglets being born. The outpouring of emotion when the other students returned from their hike and discovered he was here was incredible and set the tone for a great day.
Like yesterday, students rode horses, baked bread, made butter, prepared meals, tried new food, fed the animals, milked cows, collected fresh eggs, and played in the hay bales.
And of course, no day at the farm would be complete without shoveling more manure than you can possibly imagine. We learned that the average cow poops 65 pounds a day–and there are dozens of cows on this farm. Some students decided, “In the future they should make animals that can wipe their own butts…Or potty train pigs.” Be sure to ask your child about “farmer’s gold” and “farmer’s art” when they get home. You won’t be disappointed.
Are we really going to end this update about our second day at the farm on this topic?
Yes. Yes we are.
Dan, Ella, and Julie