Thursday, October 28, 2010
Field trip to a farm
I have to tell you, I never thought at age 49 I would be on a field trip with a group of third graders.
But maybe activities such as these, with my 8-year-old who is in elementary school, are keeping me young.
Pam and I debated for a week or so about which one of us was going to accompany Erin and her classmates to Fiddlin’ Rooster Farm & Bakery in Water Valley last Thursday.
Thursday, typically, is a slower day here at the newspaper office.
Plus, Pam has been on more than her share of field trips over the years with our three children as compared to truly.
And, the decision became very easy when Erin smiled and said, “Daddy, please.”
I agreed to drive and carry three children. So myself, Erin and friends Sonni and Abbi loaded up in the Sport Trac (which now apparently belongs to my 16-year-old instead of me) and headed south on Highway 7 with the caravan of students, parents, grandparents and teachers.
The ride to and from Water Valley was about as entertaining as the activities at the farm. Erin found Andy’s iPod in the truck, so there was plenty of music and singing.
We had one delay near the Water Valley city limits for road resurfacing but arrived at the farm on time and found several other groups of school children there, too.
Apparently, farms like these with activities such as a corn maze and hay ride have become big tourist attractions (agritourism).
Most of our children today never experience the farm life and know very little about a farm and where their food comes from. They don’t enjoy the great outdoors like they should. They’re in front of the TV watching shows or on the computer playing games.
That wasn’t true when I was growing up. I experienced the farm almost every day.
I was blessed to be raised 12 miles from town with animals, a pond and a garden. Plus my best friend’s dad raised chickens, too.
Last week, the third graders and probably some of the adults learned a lot by visiting what the Fiddlin’ Rooster Farm publicizes as the “classroom in the corn.”
Special attractions, in addition to the corn maze and hay ride, included riding a cow train, sliding out of the loft of a barn, playing in the corn pool and picking out a pumpkin.
We enjoyed lunch – hot dogs, chips and cookies – at the picnic pavilion.
The farm is located on County Road 102, one mile west of the intersection of Highway 32 and Highway 7 in Water Valley.
I thought the entire time I was there about how much fun it would be to start such a tourist attraction back home in Alabama where I grew up. Maybe I will pass that suggestion on to my sisters who still live in that neck of the woods.
And here’s a few farm facts, taken from the Fiddlin’ Rooster Farm’s brochure, that you might not know.
Cows drink 25-50 gallons of water each day. That’s almost a bathtub full.
Most hens will lay about 300 eggs per year.
Pumpkins are really squash. They are 90 percent water. The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed more than 1,300 pounds.
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