Saturday, November 3, 2007

A Trip to the Farm...

Before I begin this post, I want to mention
that there are MANY photos in this post.
It may take a while to completely load.





Today was our homeschool group field trip.
We went to a local working farm.
The children and I (and others)
had such a wonderful time!



Soon after our arrival to the farm,
we jumped right in to great hands-on learning.
First we visited the dairy cow...


She was such a cutie!



Then we headed to our first activity...


We were handed baskets and sent out to the field
to pick peanuts...







After picking peanuts for a while,
we set our baskets aside, grabbed a different basket
and headed to our next activity...
digging for sweet potatoes...








Carrying their baskets...




After digging in the dirt for sweet potatoes,
which they all did more than willingly, ;o)
we were off to pick some cotton!









We even saw a few cotton blossoms...

So pretty!

After picking cotton, we took a little break
to watch and learn about the goat milking...



Ally even tried it herself...


After the goat milking, the children washed up
from being in all of that dirt.
The washing water was cold! brrrrr....




Then we headed to the corn...


Each child got two ears... of corn ;o)




Then we sat under a pavillion and shucked it...










We sat and listened about how the corn shucks
were used 100+ years ago... very interesting...


A mop... they would scour the entire house with it.


Braided rugs.
They, also, used them for mattress stuffing.

We, also, learned about a few other things
that were used 'back then'.


Gourds for pots, spoons, bowls, etc...


a washboard


and a cooking pot... WELL, not exactly. ;o)
This was actually what they would use
as the bathroom in the middle of the night,
then dump it in the outhouse in the morning.

Afterwards, the children were able to
grind their ears of corn...








Then they made a toy that children would have had
and played with 'back then'...









Then we enjoyed feeding the goats...










Then, lastly, we enjoyed a wagon ride...








We had such a wonderful time at the farm!
And we were able to bring home the peanuts,
sweet potatoes, some cotton, and even some pecans
that we had picked!
I kept busy this afternoon,
cooking up those sweet potatoes,
which I hope to post about on Monday.

The Lord blessed us with such beautiful weather
and such an enjoyable time as we visited the farm...


Have a blessed Lord's Day tomorrow, y'all. ;o)



"The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof;
the world, and they that dwell therein"
~ Psalm 24:1

15 comments:

Christian Homekeeper said...

Looks like all had fun!

Pam--in Jerusalem said...

That sounded like a wonderful day! How did you find out about the farm? Did you just call and ask if they would do it? I would love to be able to take my kids on trips like that.

Mrs. T said...

How did you find out about this farm? I'd love to do something like that :D

Looks like you guys had a great time! :D

Dina said...

oh wow that looks fantastic, my kids would love to take part in such a wonderful activity.

Ron and Ginny said...

What a neat thing for that farm to do! Wow! You all got to do the niftiest stuff. And ... sweet potatoes ... hmmmmmm 8-)

Anonymous said...

Great pictures,Looks like you all had a good time,so many different things to do there
Miss and Love Ya's
MoM

Kelli said...

I loved seeing all the pictures of your fun day! It looks like you got to do so many neat activities!
Kelli

Tracy said...

WOW! This looks like a great hands on field trip!

Christina said...

It has been awhile since I have been over to visit you! I think I am all caught up!

Looks like you are doing well.

I am still praying for Ally.

Elizabeth said...

Hello,
Looks like everyone had a great time.
Hugs,
Elizabeth

Amy ~ (Life's Small Treasures) said...

Sounds like you all had a blast! I loved all the pictures~Thanks for sharing them
Have a great evening
~Amy

Anonymous said...

Hi Christina! Thanks for all the pics! beautiful countryside!
I enjoyed the post together with my eldest (almost 8) who asked if you were paid for all the work you did. ;OP

blessings!
Suwei
http://apieceofcake.typepad.com/homeschooling_in_sg

Jeannie said...

I have 2 washboards that were my late grandmothers. I have them actually hung up on a wall right next to my washing machine and dryer.....beleive it or not I use them every so often to hand wash delicates that shouldnt be placed in a washing machine :)

Thank you for sharing your pictures, I am coveting the fun you had on the farm. I miss that life, a hard life yes but a peaceful one at that.

Julie's Jewels said...

wow...what a day!! It looks like y'all learned a lot and had bunches of fun. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

Pure and Sensible said...

ohhhh, I want to do all that, too! I loved all the photos. Your children are so beautiful! I'm going to look into seeing if there is a working farm around here! I'm going to come back and show my kids the photos. They will love seeing them. Leinani

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