Lake Placid After School Goes Farming
On Friday, September 25th the Lake Placid After School Program took a field trip to DaCy Meadow Farm in Westport N.Y. to increase our awareness and knowledge of what's grown locally; where they can find locally grown foods; what animals can be found on Adirondack farms; what those animals provide us with and how farming is essential to our world.
This trip took about 3 hours. We were first introduced to Farmer Dave and his wife. They quickly went over some ground rules to be safe on the farm. Once we got the rules we were on our way to exploring. We were able to get close to the cows in the pasture, collect easter eggs, watch a demo on milking cows, feed the chickens and take a quick hike in the forest to name a few activities.
We learned that they have several farm animals which can be seen in the accompanying photos. Farmer Dave was great at getting the children to answer questions on what each animal brings to the area’s tables. They were so excited about what they were learning that they asked tons of questions about each animal.
I believe Bailey, the biggest cow we’ve ever seen, was the biggest hit. He was so gentle and friendly that he let us pet him. The pigs were rambunctious in there cages. We later learned they were getting ready for slaughter the following week. The chickens were nosey yet skittish around us. We learned that you can’t be too wild around them or they will have a heart attack and die. Thank goodness not one of them died.The goats were eager to meet us too.
All in all I would say the children of the after school program gained a new appreciation for farming. They also liked that you can go out your back door to get milk and eggs whenever you want and not have to buy it at a store.