On break from school last week, kids put down the remote and picked up a shovel at the “Farmer for a Day” event at Shelburne Farms on Tuesday, April 23. This wasn’t just a workshop – participants were able to help with real garden and animal chores across the Farm. Educators mentored youngsters on the what, how, and why of farming duties and kept interests piqued with a hands-on environmental adventure! Children ages 5 to 12 planted carrots in the garden, prepared straw bedding for pigs, and tended to chickens in the Farmyard. Programs like “Farmer for a Day” work to foster a more comfortable and closer relationship between youth and our ecosystems. From feeding the Brown Swiss cows to sampling the farmhouse cheddar cheese, kids were able to follow their food from pasture to plate.
For a listing of this season’s youth-oriented events at Shelburne Farms, visit www.shelburnefarms.org/learn/for-families-youth.