Sunday, February 18, 2018

Scavenger Hunt Living vs. Non Living

Yes, that is a curled up garter snake on a tray with some other random treasures. This week, kids explored the farm in search of living vs. non living items. You never know what will turn up with activities like this. Maybe its because kids are closer to the ground, but when they explore on their own, there are always the elements of adventure, learning and fun! 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

What Kids Eat Around The World In One Week

Thanks to Time Magazine for this wonderful springboard into health and nutrition. This week, we added some social studies to our farm studies and took a look at how we compare to other kids around the globe. Cambridge University conducted a study, that identified countries with the healthiest diets in the world. Nine out of 10 countries are in Africa, where vegetables, fruit, nuts, legumes, grains are staples and meals are homemade. In the U.S.,  nearly 60% of the calories we consume come from processed foods and only 1% come from vegetables. If you want change, you have to educate the children, so that's just what we did. Groups of kids studied a photograph, from the Time series called, What Kids Eat Around The World and looked at what a child from another country eats during a week and made some comparisons. They shared the similarities and differences and made some connections to their own lives and the meals that they ate in a week. They filled the air with lively conversations and connected meals to healthiness.

It's Planting Time in Texas!

During the month of December, gardeners take a pause to rest and dream of their Spring gardens. January is when planting begins again and this week we started with onions. Next week it will be carrots, beets, radishes, and spinach. The kids did a great job planting onions. They are growing some for themselves, but also planting in the Giving Garden to donate to our partners at the North Texas Food Bank. Growing & Giving.., That's how we roll!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

State Fair of Texas - Chicken Style

We love the State Fair of Texas and are poultry-proud to show our very own Moss Haven Farm hens at the annual Poultry Show. This year marks the 3rd year that we have brought our 4H kids and chicks to compete and we won big! We earned ribbons in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th for Showmanship and our hens did quite well too. We still have bragging rites on our egg production, winning the Best Egg Content in the the state! Way to go kids and chickens! Can't wait until next year! #EIEIO.., it's off to school to grow.

 Our secret ingredient to fluffy feathers.

Cucumber Beetle - Garlic Planting - Storybook Pumpkins - It's Fall You All!

October is a whirlwind of a month. With the beginning of fall, we welcome garlic planting time and pumpkins. We don't welcome Cucumber Beetles, but they arrive as unwelcome guests and we make a plan to get rid of them. If we don't deal with them in the fall, they lay eggs that hatch in the spring and then the cycle of trying to control them begins again. Armed with 450 kids and a bucket of soapy water, we became a school garden army in a war against this pesky insect. We also planted garlic, which we will soon have sprouting all over the farm. We patiently wait for 6 months and then celebrate the garlic bulbs in April. Farming teaches patience and perseverance, among many other things. Finally we celebrated the pumpkin, one of our favorite veggies! Read on!