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One of the activities in this week’s “What’s Cookin’ on the Farm” day camp was “Veggie Idol.”  We began the week with eight vegetables, each day eliminating the least popular, prepared in different ways.   On Monday, the raw round, we said goodbye to zucchini and summer squash.  On Saute Tuesday, cucumber and kale headed home.   Neither broccoli nor beets made it through the juice round (though I must say that beets were eliminated by just one vote). 

The competition got much sweeter on the final day with desserts: carrot cake vs. corn cake.   The grand winner?  Clearly carrots! 

What impressed...

One of the activities in this week’s “What’s Cookin’ on the Farm” day camp was “Veggie Idol.”  We began the week with eight vegetables, each day eliminating the least popular, prepared in different ways.   On Monday, the raw round, we said goodbye to zucchini and summer squash.  On Saute Tuesday, cucumber and kale headed home.   Neither broccoli nor beets made it through the juice round (though I must say that beets were eliminated by just one vote). 

The competition got much sweeter on the final day with desserts: carrot cake vs. corn cake.   The grand winner?  Clearly carrots! 

What impressed...

 Born June 26th

Silver/Gray Color

Scottish Highland

Mothered by Melody, one of our white Scottish Highland cows

Spring-like weather has brought rounds of kids (human and goat!) to the Learning Center over the past two weeks.  Our grand total of goats for the season is now 40: 10 mothers, 23 kids, 3 yearling does, 2 bucks, 2 angoras.  Nearly 40 children joined those 40 goats over the past three weeks for our spring break Kids with Kids day camps.  We gave the last group of campers the challenge of learning as many names as possible for all of the goats. 

I’m glad to announce our winner: camper Dorie, who did an outstanding job identifying over...

Calf #1

The newest additions to our herd of Scottish Highland cows are Melody and her two heifer calves (her own daughter and a friend), pictured above. The look identical, but we assure you there are two of them!
 

Submit your picks for their names to learn@learngrowconnect.org by May 15, 2012. We’ll pick our favorites and the winner will receive $25 off any upcoming Learning Center program or public workshop. In your submission, feel free to specify names for calf #1 and calf #2, if you have a preference.

Good luck!
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The farm was covered in ice and fog on the morning of Feb. 3. IT manager Tara Lamb took these lovely shots during a walk around our beautiful farm....

Our thanks to the 3rd graders from Chicago Waldorf School, who helped build a beautiful whole tree arbor for our garden this week.  Despite 24 hours of rain, they kept good spirits preparing the wood, augering 3 foot holes, and packing the soil into place. 

 

The third graders study Jewish traditions and holidays, and their field trip coincided with Sukkot, the harvest celebration. Traditionally, a family will build a shelter, decorate it with fruits of the harvest, and sleep and eat under it to remind them of God’s provision. A perfect time for a visit to the farm, as...

One of the joys of working at the Learning Center is experiencing the farm for the first time through the eyes of a child.  That connection with the farm is often delightful, and surprising, coming in forms so different from the connections adults make with the farm.

This week, the Waldorf 3rd graders were helping me care for the chickens during animal chores.  We opened the door to the eggmobile, and the three girls hopped right up.

The chickens, as they settled in towards night, had begun to roost.  For those uninitiated to farm life, chickens sleep on...

Baby Lily

By Nellie Conover-Crockett, Age 11, Livestock crew

I was at home with my mom when we were called by Suzanne at about 2:30 in the afternoon.  She told us that one of the goats, Thalia, had some mucus and looked like she would have her baby soon.  We hurried out to the farm to find Thalia pacing and panting.  We decided to stay with her for a while. 

It seemed like it was taking a LONG time. 

Myles and Myles

Learning Center day-camper Myles (pictured above) turned 8 this week, and received an unusual birthday present: a newborn goat as a namesake! 

 

Spring is kidding season at the Learning Center, and on March 23, our first three baby goats were born during our popular Kids with Kids daycamp! The camp group present on the day of a goat birth gets the priviledge of naming the new kids.

 
Program Director Deb Crockett reports that everyone was a bit disappointed after the first day of camp, as none of the goats had given birth yet. "But this morning, when...

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