Saturday, October 27, 2007

Peacock Farms

This week we went on a fabulous field trip to Peacock Farm. Our home school co-op had a group of over 100 people come out. When we first got there they let us loose to explore. First stop was the educational tree and corn maze we made our way through learning about different tree and pumpkin facts. Did you know that pumpkins originated in Mexico?

Then we explored their petting farm. Emu, rabbits, pigs, goats, peacocks, turkey, ducks, geese, horses, pony, a mule, a brown lab and reindeer.

Atop of an old tractor.

My boy, my girl and my niece. Wondering why they are so bundled. It was 38 degrees when we left the house. By the afternoon it warmed to the 50's.

Next we headed to the one room school house. Farmer Ed captivated them with tales of the school bell and life for a student 100 years ago. My favorite part was when he explained discipline and my boy looked back at me with huge eyes. And he thought he had it bad. Ha!

Here is little girl writing her name on a slate

The kids put apples in the hopper and then stood back to watch the workers crank out the fresh apple cider. They then got to taste it fresh from the press.

Another station was old fashion rope making. That black contraption on the left has a series of hooks that a single strand is wove through. Then you crank it to twist the rope together making a strong 6 cord rope.

Here is the boys rope that he made.

Then we rode out on a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch. Everyone got to pick their own pumpkin. Here are the girls with their choices. The boy chose the biggest one he could find and wants to make it into pumpkin soup.

Then we got back on the wagon (time machine) and it took us back in time to a pioneer cabin. The kids were fascinated. He then took the group outside to show them how they would wash their clothes. Let's just say I am so thankful we have washing machines these days.

We finished the day with a picnic among friends and played at the park. This is one field trip that was a huge hit.


Melissa said...

I'm so glad you discovered our favorite place! We make repeat trips out there from Oct. thru Dec. It's just AWESOME there at Christmas time!

J said...

Sounds like an amazing place. What a great learning experience for your kids. One I am sure they will remember.

Dad said...

Can't believe I never heard of this place. What a great find.