1. Meet n’ Greet
Many local farms, especially animal farms have special dates and times set aside for meet and greets. A meet and greet is the perfect time to really learn about the inside workings of your local farm. If you local farm has a focus on animals, a meet and greet will usually include a walking tour of the farm, introducing you to the different animals, showing you how the farm cares for them and in many cases allowing you to get much more up close and personal with the animals. Usually, you walk as a group through each section of the farm, while a volunteer gives a mini-presentation about each animal.
2. Make it a Party
Many kids have farm-themed birthday parties, and if a “farm” themed party is in your child’s future, consider hosting it at your local farm. Having a party at a farm is usually a more budget-friendly alternative, than say — a birthday entertainment spot and a farm is much more intimate too. Many farms have party packages that include a picnic area to enjoy lunch and birthday cake, pony rides and simple games such as horseshoes or a potato sack race. A farm is also a great place to plan a wedding, family reunion or even a baby shower.
3. Camp Farm
Many farms offer special spring break and summer camps for children. Parents drop the children off before they head to work in the morning and as part of the days activities children get to “work” on the farm. Usually, this means they will help milk the cows, brush the horses, collect eggs from the hen house and even feed, water and interact with the animals. This is a great idea for children who love to be outdoors and really enjoy time with animals. It’s also a great way to infuse spring and summer activities, while teaching responsibility and giving children a meaningful, yet fun way to spend those long days off from school.
4. Join a CSA
Joining a Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA) group is an excellent way to support your local farms and farmers. Plus, you’ll get to bond with your local community and feed your family healthy whole foods straight directly from the source. As part of a CSA, families are encouraged to spend time volunteering at their local farm. This may include planting, harvesting and any other “chores” that the farm needs help with — making your family an integral part of the system.
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