Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Day With Third Grade

Each week when third grade arrives at the farm, they break into four groups.  Each group performs a task.  

This week everyone helped to bring the leftover hay bales down to the farm from the Holiday Fair archery area.  The hay bales will be used for seating during the high school bonfire.

Once the hay bales were stacked, Earth group harvested lettuce and shiitake mushrooms

It was an unusually big harvest so the bucket ended up full to overflowing.
Fire group painted sealer on some of the siding for the new shed. 
Air group cleaned out the compost buckets and moved horse manure to the compost pile. When they were done with all that, they weeded the asparagus bed.

Water group worked on building chicken tractors.  
 These chicken tractors will be a house on top and a run on the bottom so that our girls can earn their keep by eating bugs and weed seeds in the beds and fertilizing the beds with their manure.  The tractors fit exactly over 1/3 of a bed and can be moved as often as necessary.  Once the girls have gone over a section of bed, we will make sure that crops are planted on a schedule that allows at least 120 days between harvest and the bed's last exposure to chicken fertilizer.  Thank you to Kristen McGee who came up with the blueprint for our chicken tractors, purchased materials, had the wood cut to the appropriate lengths and angles and is providing some of the tools we are working with.  As a thank you we are building two tractors, one to keep at the farm and one for Kristen to take home. 

Earth group also worked on digging out the fire pit for the high school bonfire once they were done harvesting.

Michael takes a break and lets Parker do all the work.



Many thanks to Barbara Holloway who took these amazing photos.

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