We were privileged to host Prairie View Elementary School yesterday. It was a chilly, rainy day, but everyone enjoyed themselves anyway. We hosted two tours, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Starting out in the shop we tromped through the rain into the little barn that houses the rabbits and goats. Everyone got a chance to pet a rabbit (or two!) and feed cookies to the goats, who were inside because of the weather. The rabbits even got a few hugs and kisses!
Next we visited the chicken coop. Everyone got a chance to glimpse one of Delilah’s big goose eggs in the goose coop. Then single file, we went through the duck side of the coop and were able to see chicken eggs in nest boxes on the chicken side. The chickens put on quite a show!
From there we made our way through the rain and puddles to the big barn where the alpacas are housed. Being the timid creatures they are, they all huddled in one corner. Brian and I haltered Hazel Mae, our most personable alpaca, and everyone got a chance to pet her and feel how soft her fleece is (naked fleece as she was just sheared). Loki was a hit by his sheer size!
The star of the show in the afternoon was Finnegan. Everyone enjoyed watching as Brian gave Finn treats when he sat for them. Most people don’t realize how smart pigs are and I think Finnegan changed a few minds yesterday.
At the end of the tour, the children were served snacks in the shop where they sat on hay bales. It was very cute because most of them couldn’t see over the table! They managed, however, and after snacks they got to color a picture of an alpaca that I had provided.
My co-worker from the library, Nancy, and her charge.
I have to say how impressed I was with how well behaved the children were and with the teachers and parents who accompanied them. It was a joy to have them on the farm.
Until next time . . .