We visited Overlook Farm again today for the Harvest Festival. This is a working Learning Center that is part of Heifer International. In a previous post called Moo-ving project you can view our other visit.
Today we had the best experience with the kids learning hands on global issues concerning hunger and poverty. The farm had hay rides, lots of activities for the children, scavenger hunts and we walked through to explore the homes in the Global Village and learn about traditional harvest celebrations in Peru, Poland, Kenya and more. There was also a delicious lunch prepared from the farms products! My oldest was really able to see the process from garden to table! Though I really didn’t think about “schooling” today we walked away with a lot of new knowledge! All of us!
If you are able to take a field trip, please do so! Here are the locations. We live about and hour and a half away, but so worth the trip every time!
Older children and those of 18 and older can volunteer and live on or off the farm! My oldest who’s eight already has said many times, he wants to volunteer as soon as he is old enough!
The Scavenger Hunt took us a while! This was one of the clues : There are many purple plants in the garden, and although I’m one of the smallest, none of the other purple plants smell as good as I do or have prettier flowers. If you can find the other purple plants, write them down but be sure to get one leaf from me and smell it! I taste particularly good with tomatoes and mozzarella.
Really make you think and look closely! We got all 12 of them! Whew!
- Heifer International Teaches Children About Giving (mombloggersforsocialgood.com)
- Read To Feed Incentive Program Sparks A Passion For Reading (howtolearn.com)