Trip to the Farm

One nice thing about having no particular curriculum is that unlike some of our friends, we’re not trying to rush and get our school year finished up right now. Which leaves us plenty free to have a random, spur of the moment field trip.

We went to a local farm today to try their eggs and to get some cream. The kids really enjoyed holding some baby kittens and I got my dose of chicken envy.

enjoying the outdoor bench swing

Checking out the pigs and chickens

cute baby pigs

holding one of the kitties

Looking at the cows over in the field

Soren really wanted to check out the inside of the hen house so he spotted the farmer's overboots, put them on and got right in there πŸ™‚

It makes me yearn to homestead one day. But on the other hand I’m really nervous about that. I can’t even get a simple tomato and cucumber garden to grow. Blah. I guess maybe when the time comes I’ll have to apprentice myself to someone who actually knows what he’s doing! ‘Cause I know I’m not done learning, how about you?

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6 Responses to Trip to the Farm

  1. ann kraeger says:

    Those piglets are beautiful! My daughter should see that hen house, it is spotless. She is in charge of chickens here and is constantly cleaning out her henhouse and making sure that there is no way that rodents can get in to threaten her birds. Too bad you don’t live closer, we have a definite surplus of eggs right now and your kids would be more than welcome to love on her birds (they are quite tame) and help with the chicks when they come in a couple of weeks.

  2. Jessica says:

    I adore Georgia’s homeschooling laws. We are struggling to finish the school year because we are forced to get in 180 school days before June 30. With a six week break at Christmas and the new baby it looked tight for a while. I counted a few of our outings as “field trips” and I think we’ll be okay, as long as the law doesn’t state some maximum field trip amount.

    I admore your passion for farm life. I have no desire to have anything dependent on me except children. My houseplants even seem too much work right now.

    • Sarah says:

      I’m so glad we didn’t move to Pittsburgh for just that reason, Jessica! I was NOT looking forward to the PA homeschool requirements!

    • Sheila says:

      Definitely. That was one of the reasons we left PA for Virginia … there is basically no restriction on homeschooling here.

      I think 180-day requirements are just ridiculous. Without all the wasted time on classroom management, you can do a year’s schooling in half the time. Plus, pretty much everything homeschoolers do counts as education.

  3. Karen says:

    Love the pic of Soren in the barn boots! πŸ™‚ Brings back many memories of childhood for me.

    Don’t feel bad, I am a farmer’s daughter and I have never done well growing any sort of garden! The majority of the time, house plants don’t even survive under my watch. My city-born husband, thankfully, has a bit of a green thumb and we managed to have cucumbers and tomatoes last year.

  4. Sheila says:

    I certainly get homestead envy whenever I go to a farm. I’d love to do it, but my husband reminds me every time of how much work cows or chickens or goats are. His family has a homestead, so I guess he knows, but … it doesn’t stop me from wanting to. We’ll see what happens if we ever have the space.

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