A very large part of our summer days have also been spent at Pineland Farms. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning Pineland offers educational programs for families. These programs provide terrific hands-on learning opportunities about a variety of topics. This summer we have participated in harvest lunches (the children harvest their own food from the farm's garden and gather eggs from the chickens and make their own lunch), tractor days, making salsa (all ingredients are gathered by the children from the farm), the joy of chickens, growing green and udderly amazing cows.
The pictures seen here were taken back in July when we attended the composting for kids program. As you can see, it is definitely a hand-on program, which I think is the very best way to learn! In the picture above and in the one below Grace and Jack are searching through their plate of compost, specifically vermicompost (worm composting), to find the red earthworms that were working hard to turn our food scraps into nutrient rich compost. Eve also had her own plate and loved finding the worms, however, she was sitting on my lap so I was not able to get a good picture of her enjoying this too. I just love how Grace, Jack and Eve love to learn so much and that they are never afraid to get their hands dirty in order to do so!
Grace was excited to find several earthworms in her plate of compost.
Just before each program begins the children are given a sheet to color that relates to the topic they will be learning about that day.
Grace working hard to color her compost picture.
Grace and Jack also stopped for awhile to watch the cows in the field.
Jack walking up to the farmyard.
Grace & Eve
Eve carefully examined the compost that Jack had spread near the tomato plants.
Jack with his bucket of compost! This was serious work for him.
Jack could have stayed all day preparing the compost and spreading it on the garden boxes.