Farm Visitors

Baby animals are always a hit.

Over the 4th of July, we had an awesome opportunity to showcase our farm to some of our less-farm-familiar family members.  My husband’s cousins, Charlie and Scott, grew up around Iowa farming country, but then moved away and started families.  We had a big party on the 4th of July at Justin’s aunt’s house, which isn’t too far from us.  We got to talking about the farm and plans for the weekend.  I extended the invite to them to come on over, get reacquainted with their roots, and show their families where the food on their plate starts out.  They were glad for the opportunity.

So, the next day two vans full of “cityfolk” pulled into the driveway.  They ranged in age from 4 to grandparent.  We first showed them the yard of cattle in our back yard, and then proceeded down to the farm where our hoop barn is.  It just so happened that we had a “surprise” baby calf and his mother in the barn.  Justin ushered him over to the fence for the kids to pet.  They got to see our bulls, who are housed right next to the barn.  That sparked some interesting dialogue that got very close to a “birds and bees” discussion.  Luckily, there are lots of other distracting things on the farm.

The calf (and his momma) were pretty cooperative!

Even the adults wanted to pet him.

We then proceeded over to the pen where my horse, King, was.  A few of the kids were interested in going for a ride, so I saddled him up and gave a handful of kids their very first horseback ride.  They all did really great, and I think they all liked it.

Then, Justin got out a tractor and gave everyone who was interested a chance to ride in, and then drive, the tractor.  I think we may have persuaded a few of them to consider a career in agriculture. 🙂 Finally, we treated everyone to a meal of bbq beef sandwiches, fresh melon, and ice cream cones on our front porch.

Everyone was genuinely interested and asked some very good questions.  There were a few times I had to remind Justin to quit using farmer jargon.  I have to say I think I learned as much from them and their interest in the farm as they did from me.  I think Justin would say the same.

Driving the big blue tractor was a highlight for some of the kids.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Wayne on July 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Oustanding. Everyone must have had a great “5th of July” holiday!

  2. Posted by Ann Lankford on July 30, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Glad you were able to do that I am sure you made a friend for farming. Are you still working with FFA The county fair started today and state starts Aug 5th Good story

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