Sunday, October 23, 2016

2017 State Fair of Texas Poultry Show

We love State Fair season and were super egg-cited to take our flock to the fair! Eleven 4 H kids and 7 hens spent most of the weekend at the Poultry Show and Moss Haven was a big hit! The big news is that our egg won first place, but also was considered to be the best egg in the state of Texas, being given "Best of Show". All of our hens were judged in their classes  and four of them won prizes. The kids who showed the birds have been practicing for 3 months and it paid off. Many of our kids won awards, but Brooke won first place in the Jr. Division!

We have great kids and a great flock of hens. Patti Brewer, our beloved Master Gardener and chicken expert, has worked so hard to give the kids the info that they need and given the hens the beauty treatment that they deserved.

Thanks for all who have helped out and worked with the kids this year. #Peep

Saturday, October 22, 2016

October in the Outdoors

Fall temperatures in Texas are finally here and that is a lot to be thankful for! The cool nights and warm days are perfect for our crops. Not only are our veggies thriving, but so are our kids as they have had a busy week on the farm. In 4 short weeks, we had our first harvest of lettuce. The kids ate a bunch during farm class and then we harvested a ton for Friday salad bar. #Yum

4th graders worked together to make chalk drawings of the water cycle on our wall. Ask them about  it or stop by and see for yourself.

Love Caprese salad? We do too! The kids who had basil growing in their gardens got to make Caprese on a stick. We learned about food miles and the importance of supporting local agriculture. Basil was 10 steps away, but our tomatoes were from far away Mexico.

The Monarchs are everywhere, but they are in massive amounts on the farm. We have planted milkweed and lantana, which is some of their favorites. We also have dishes of water for them so that they can get sips on their long flight to Mexico. The kids drew and labeled a monarch, then dated their drawing so that we can compare when they buzz by next year.

We find the coolest bugs too! Our farm is 100% organic, so we have healthy soil as well as bugs. You never know which one is going to show up next.

1st grade compared the motion of garden tools. Is it a push, a pull or both? 

Our chickens received a spa day as our 4H Poultry Kids geared up for the State Fair of Texas this weekend. The kids have worked for 2 months, learning and preparing for this event. I am so excited for them and can't wait to share how they did next week. Stay tuned!

Then we held our Farm Open House, which was wonderful. The weather was perfect, our student farmers led great tours and we welcomed several guests who had never been out to see our farm program. Needless to say, they were quite impressed and we were proud!

We love our farm and our community! E I E I O...,